Quick Pickles

If you have a garden or frequent the farmers market, this is the time of year that there is an abundance of cucumbers. Here is a recipe for quick pickles that can be prepared and then frozen for up to 6 months. Just think of how great it would to have a taste of summer […]

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are one of my husband’s favorite cookies.  Hard to think I would try to change our favorite oatmeal cookies recipe.  Well, I decided it was time for a change, omitted the cinnamon and added orange peel, orange juice and dried cranberries.  The results, let’s just say my cookie monster thinks they are fantastic!  […]

Stuffed Green Peppers

I remember my mother cooking Stuffed Green Peppers from our garden when I was growing up.  I cannot say I was a huge fan of stuffed peppers as a child.  However, now I think they are wonderful.  I think stuffed peppers need a bit of heat and taste contrasts to make them interesting and memorable.  […]


If you are a fan of Turkish cuisine, I am sure you have had Iskender. Iskender is one of the most famous meat foods of northwestern Turkey and takes its name from its inventor, ─░skender Efendi, who lived in Bursa in the late 19th century.  It is prepared from thinly cut grilled lamb basted with a spicy tomato […]

Fruit Puff

There are times when you just need a quick, easy and delicious recipe.  This one fits into that category.  All you need is one package of frozen puff pastry and one can of pie filling.  Almost too easy to write about, however, there are times when I just want a wonderful dessert with no effort.  […]

My version of Pimento Cheese!

I know that Pimento Cheese is a staple in the south and everyone has their own family recipe for Pimento Cheese.  I took the liberty of switching a few ingredients and adding a few to make this my version. Delicious served with crackers, a filling for an omelet or a topping for a grilled hamburger. 

Spaghetti Squash with Mushroom Ragu

I picked up a spaghetti squash when at the farmers market this week.  I typically serve spaghetti squash with a marinara sauce.  This time I wanted to try a mushroom ragu with the squash.  We had some friends over for what I like to call a “blogger dinner”.  That means that they are my taste […]

Interesting Find – The St. Regis, Washington DC

I had the pleasure of meeting Lance Mion, food and beverage manager for The St. Regis in Washington DC. I had arranged a wine tasting for an upcoming event, we tasted some fantastic wines and learned about the food, menus and food service offers at the DC location. This is definitely a restaurant were I […]

Stuffed Zucchini

Summer and the abundance of fresh produce, especially zucchini is on the horizon.  What to do with all of those zucchini?   Stuffed Zucchini is a great way to serve this harvest special.  Stuffed with onions and tomatoes is the perfect side dish.  You can also add cooked ground beef or Italian sausage and make this […]