Easy Cranberry Salsa Appetizer

cranberry jalapeno salsa

Thanksgiving is only two days away...time crunch is on! If you need an easy cranberry salsa appetizer this one would fit the bill. Cranberry Salsa served on crostini with Goat Cheese The recipe is easy to vary up!  Use either goat or cream cheese  and serve on crostini or with crackers. This is also a […]

Pumpkin Bruschetta

Pumpkin Bruschetta

In my professional chef's business I was known as the "Queen of Appetizers"!  I happily accepted the title because I love making appetizers.   I love all the different yummy bites one can come up with. Since it's still pumpkin season I wanted to make an appetizer using it....how about Pumpkin Bruschetta! I worried about how […]

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

Wishing you a happy Halloween! The monthly Sunday's Best link up is this Sunday, 4:00 pm (central) hope to see you! After last Sunday's service a luncheon was held for our new youth director.  The church always provides the "main" entree and the sides/desserts are provided by the parishioners. My task...a side dish...with the weather […]

Sunday’s Soup

Beef and Cabbage Soup

I don't know if your old enough to remember the "Days of the Week" Panties? Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and so on. When I was young, and wore the panties, I use to think about what would happen if I got caught wearing the "wrong" day? Well I never got caught...but I did feel a little […]

Sweet Potato Vine Frittata

Sweet Potato Vine Frittata

Yesterday evening I was out in the garden taking "clippings" from a "Marguerite" sweet potato vine for propagating next year's plants. While snipping the cuttings I tugged a little to hard and out popped a small tuber.  I checked out my other garden containers with sweet potato vines and found a few more. Ornamental sweet […]

Broiled Grouper with Basil Lime Pistou

Grilled Grouper with Basil-Lime Pistou

With all the work we've been doing in the garage cleanup (sale now next weekend) I really wanted dinner to be quick and good. Mr. C would eat pork every day if he could, me not so much.  I picked up some grouper yesterday and  made myself Broiled Grouper with Basil Lime Pistou! Sounds fancy […]

Roasted Tomato and Pancetta Spaghetti

Roasted Tomato and Pancetta Spaghetti

I hope you'll stop by Sunday's Best to share your creative inspiration with us. Tis the season for abundant, big and juicy tomatoes.  Having just bought 60 pounds of tomatoes at the farmers market last week I decided to try something different. I love anything roasted. . . .it is a great way to bring […]

Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce

Tomato season is upon us and, to me, making you own Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce is a great way to use them! This is an easy sauce to make and the majority of the cooking time is the sauce sitting on the stove top simmering. I used fresh tomatoes but you can also use canned […]

Homemade Chicago Style Giardiniera

Chicago Style Giardiniera

As a child I was born and lived on the far south side of a Chicago neighborhood, West Pullman, IL. It was a new neighborhood and my father built our home.  I attended school/church in the Pullman historic area.  My family is in the masonry business and my paternal grandfather built the church and my […]

Homemade Lemon Curd Berry Trifle

Lemon Curd with Berry Trifle

You might not know I love to cook . . . and did so professionally for 20 years. Once I retired  my business my love for cooking re-ignited, all the pressure was gone, the food industry is a high stress and demanding business. With all the available fresh berries I wanted to make Homemade Lemon […]

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