Pineapple Salsa

      Tip: This recipe uses 3/4 of a whole fresh pineapple, possibly less if it's particularly large. Of course, the remaining fruit can be enjoyed on it's own, but if you haven't tried grilling pineapple, please do! It's delicious grilled (or roasted in a hot oven) with chunks of bell pepper, red onion,... Continue Reading →

Quick and Quicker Pickles

Tip: I'll admit I've not canned or preserved food, other than freezing. I don't take a lot of big risks. Pressure cookers scare me. Botulism scares me! 😀  Quick pickling doesn't scare me; in fact, it's a fun and simple way to use ingredients you may already have and the zesty results are scrumptious. Look... Continue Reading →

Luxardo Cherry Bars w/Chocolate Drizzle

24 servings Tip: Use your curiosity in the kitchen. This excessive and decadent dessert bar came from curiosity. I had never tried or even known about a maraschino cherry that wasn't artificially bright red, waxy, sugary, somewhat medicinal in flavor. And then I had a Manhattan cocktail, accompanied by a single speared cherry...and I needed... Continue Reading →

Gooseberry Lemonade Syrup

                  Makes 2-3 cups syrup Tip: I find that gooseberries and rhubarb can be used interchangably in recipes. I've had great success subbing in baked goods, so I decided to experiment with a rhubarb syrup recipe discovered several years ago. After a couple of tries and a little tweaking,... Continue Reading →

Sesame Sandwich Buns

        Makes 6 large sandwich buns (can divide dough into smaller pieces for 12 slider buns). Tip: If you have a local bakery that can make delicious buns for your summer grilling needs, by all means, support that bakery! If grocery store buns are your only alternative, consider giving this recipe a... Continue Reading →

Savory Egg & Veggie Muffins

  Makes 12 muffins or 6 jumbo muffins (shown) Tip: As with most of my recipes, this one is all about your personal tastes. Use ingredients you have on hand, or shop for your favorite veggie combination. You may prefer to spice things up with a hot pepper or you may wish to add meat... Continue Reading →

Late-Night-Craving Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Makes about 30 cookies Adapted from Joanna Gaines' Chocolate Chip Cookies Tip: Keeping the advice simple this time...use the highest quality ingredients you can buy and always, always have these ingredients on hand! You just never know when you might need these cookies. 😀 Ingredients 2½ cups all-purpose flour 1 well-rounded tsp baking soda 4... Continue Reading →

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