Confetti Orzo

Need a simple colorful side dish that goes well with almost anything? Try this orzo. It’s also good good as a chilled pasta salad, but I’d suggest using olive oil instead of butter if you intend on serving it cold.Read more…

Moscato Mimosa

Moscoto wine is becoming one of my favorites. It’s not super-sweet, but sweet enough. I particularly like the sparkling versions. They seem so festive. And it’s inexpensive enough that you can mix it with fruit juices or use it inRead more…

Chicken Taco Meatballs

There was a time when I preferred my cookbooks to be all-encompassing. I wanted to have one book – or maybe two or three, for variety’s sake – that would have appetizers, breakfasts, main dishes, desserts, and side dishes allRead more…

Maple Sugar Butter Cookies

The concept of the cookbook Real Sweet by Shauna Sever is interesting – it’s all about using sweeteners that aren’t standard sugar. So, no white sugar or supermarket sugar, but no artificial sweeteners, either. You’ll find recipes that use coconutRead more…

Pineapple Grapefruit-Rum Cocktail – perfect for an Easter brunch

A short time ago, I received the lastest new flavored rums from Captain Morgan – grapefruit, pineapple, and coconut. As soon as I posted a photo of the rums on Facebook, a friend told me how great the grapefruit was.Read more…

Spicy Mayo from Fire and Smoke

The lastest book from the Cook My Book group that I’m in was Fire and Smoke: A Pitmaster’s Secrets by Chris Lilly. The idea of the group is that at the beginning of the year, we each choose a bookRead more…

Watermelon and Peach Salsa

Oh my gosh, this salsa is good. You need to try it! This started as a what-if, and I have to admit that I was a little bit skeptical of my own idea. I’ve made fruit salsas before, usually withRead more…

Ch-ch-ch- Chai!

A while back, I received sets of cocktail, chai, and recipe dice from a company called Leafcutter Designs. The general idea is that you roll the dice and create a cocktail, chai, or recipe based on what you roll. It’sRead more…

Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatoes are one of the things that I look forward to every summer – the winter ones just aren’t that good. But tomatillos are also very much a summer fruit. It’s not that they’re not as tasty in winter –Read more…

Tuna in the Style of Lobster Roll

I grew up eating canned tuna, and it was pretty much either a tuna salad sandwich or tuna noodle casserole. And the tuna in the can was pretty much always the same, too. I don’t know if that was becauseRead more…

Salt-Block Pickled Zucchini

A while back, I picked up a salt-block-cooking cookbook at my favorite used bookstore. No, the store isn’t used. Most of the books are, though. I didn’t happen to have a salt block to cook on, but I figured thatRead more…

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pudding Poke Cake

First up, I’m calling this a peanut butter poke cake, but I didn’t actually use peanut butter. However, “chocolate and substitute peanut butter poke cake” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. And this tastes like peanut butter, soRead more…