Chicken with Cherry Pineapple Sauce

This is something different to make with chicken.  The recipe called for boneless chicken breasts but I had thighs. Moreover, I still have several pounds of dry cherries to use and this recipe called for dried cherries.  Everything that was needed I had on hand except sweet and sour sauce so I made my own…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Marble Brownies

Mmm…mmm, these are really good.  Just the right gooeyness that a brownie should have. Every once in a while I get hungry for chocolate and peanut butter. My go to recipe for this is a simple and easy one. You start with a brownie mix and a jar of peanut butter. I have had this…

Strawberry Chicken Salad with Warm Dressing

You start this salad with the combination of strawberries, nuts, onions and heartier greens as well as tender greens.  Chicken can be leftovers or a boneless breast that has been cooked before making the salad.  The dressing is added to the salad warm and will wilt the tender greens. It is a great lunch meal or…

Steamed Ribbon Squash

A fun way to make a lovely side dish that will dress up a special meal.  You simple slice yellow squash or zucchini length wise using a vegetable peeler. Hold the squash and slice away from you making thin slices. Lightly salt them before putting them into a steamer basket. Bring a couple of inches…

Snap Peas And Small Potatoes With Brown Butter Sauce

A fresh tasting side dish that will put some zing into a everyday meal. The brown butter sauce has a light lime flavor that brightens up the flavor of the vegetables. Do not limit this sauce to just this combination but it will dress up other vegetable dishes.  Right now snap peas are in the…

Arugula, Tomato,Bacon and Provolone Salad

Simple easy salad for any time of the year.  You can make this with any greens you have and any mild cheese.  I used a pastry wheel to cut the slice of cheese into wedges.  I sometimes see this salad pictured with the tomatoes stacked up with the cheese between them on a bed of…

Pineapple Cake Quick and Easy

  At the end of the month I run out of ideas as to what to make from the assortment of food that is in my cupboard. It just depends on what I receive from the local Food Bank. So cooking is always an adventure for me. They give you what has been donated, sometimes…

Blueberry Pecan Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing

Weather is starting to get warm and cool refreshing summer salads make their way into our meals.  This salad is great because it takes advantage of fresh produce that you can find at the farmer’s markets. This salad has amazing flavors that really awakens your palate and easy to make. It starts with mixed baby…

Salmon Patty Cakes with Tarragon Sauce

At the food bank, we are given a can a pink salmon a couple of times a year.  Pink salmon is not as expensive as red salmon in a can.  One 15 ounce can will make 6 or 7 hamburger size patties or cakes. This can make a really nice meal and the left overs…

Chilled Cucumber Salad

My mother always had cucumbers in her garden. She would not plant them until June in little mounds of dirt.  Then we would eat cucumbers everyday in late summer thru fall.  Of coarse she would can different kinds of pickles to eat all year. She would make this simple salad and put it in the…

Salade Lyonaise

One of the great French salads named after Lyon, France. I always thought it was Italian because my high school girl friend’s parents always ate it after Sunday morning Mass. Her mother was a wonderful Italian cook. It is normally made with endive or frisee lettuce but they would enjoy this comfort food with other…

Delicious Dried Cherries Salad Vinaigrette

This vinaigrette is the best I have ever tasted. The dried cherries are so favorable that you will not go back to buying commercial fruit vinaigrette. The raspberry vinaigrette that you can purchase is weak in flavor compared to this thick rich salad dressing that clings to the salad. It will have your family and…