I did something last night that I’ve never done before.  I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it.  It was sweet and tart all at the same time.   The best part was that it was a woman responsible for my pleasure!  I’m sure you have guessed by now, I now have new favorite lemonade. I went to dinner with three amazingly sweet women last night.  When the waiter asked for our drink orders, I asked for”fun” lemonade.  He told me that they didn’t have fun lemonade just the regular stuff.  (I don’t think he appreciated my wit.  He asked if we had any questionsRead More →

When I see it, I become distracted.  They come in various sizes and colors.  I’ve seen them long and thin and short and fat.  I’ll even admit that I just love to put my mouth on one.  So do you like fresh corn off the cob as much as I do? One of the best places to live in July is near a cornfield.  You can find the freshest corn in your neighbor’s backyard (get permission first), a farmer selling it off his truck or at an “honor” stand.  City people need to know that an “honor stand” is a card table in front ofRead More →

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream?  I’ve never fully understood that little saying.  Who screams for ice cream?  I know if I had ever screamed for ice cream my parents would not have rewarded me with it.  I would have been told I didn’t need anymore sugar and that I needed to simmer down. There are times meant for screaming like when you see a bug or you stub your toe or when your husband puts the dishes away wrong.  (Okay, I shouldn’t scream for that either but sometimes I slip up.  Sorry, Dear.)  But screaming for ice cream….that is justRead More →

Once upon a time, there were three little chefs who were ready to test their cooking skills in their own restaurant.  Before they went out on their venture, their mother said “Whatever you do, make the most unique burger so everyone keeps coming back because that is the only way you will survive in this economy.” The first little chef bought a pre-made pub burger that the store sold because that was the easiest way to serve the customers. The second little chef bought ground turkey because he thought people would eat more if they thought the meat was healthier. The third little chef decidedRead More →

Did your mom ever make a recipe that you didn’t care for as a kid but now as an adult you are kicking yourself for not eating it?  The dish that always comes to mind for me is my mom’s blueberry coffee cake. It really was a silly thing to dislike.  It was cake for goodness sake!  I just couldn’t get past those stinkin’ little blue balls.  I think I watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory one too many times and was afraid I would turn violet if I ate too many of them.  (The thought of having to be juiced still frightens me.)Read More →

A few years ago, I took a class on Thai cooking.  My main goal was to come out of the class with a masterful knowledge of Pad Thai, my favorite dish.  We don’t have anything close to Thai food in my small town and I really wanted to know how to satisfy my cravings. The other items on the class schedule were really of no interest to me especially the Tom Kha Gai (chicken galangal soup.) It is a coconut base soup.  I’m not a fan of coconut.  I think it was because Gilligan’s Island made it look very unappetizing to me.   (No offense, MaryRead More →

I asked my husband the other night what he wanted for dinner.  The only thing that sounded good to him was a salad.  He didn’t want a salad so he could watch his waistline.  He wanted a manly salad that filled his belly.  It had to be chock full of meats, veggies and cheeses.  The description he gave me was a classic chef salad (hard boiled egg, turkey, ham, cheese, tomatoes, and greens). Once I served him (Okay, I really don’t serve him but I thought it made me sound more domestic), he wanted additional items like black and green olives and salami.  At firstRead More →

So it is officially summer and you know what that means?  BBQ’s, picnics, parties and any excuse to get together and eat! I love a good gathering of my people but I get nervous when I see food sitting out especially in the warmer weather.  It is hard to enjoy yourself if you are wondering how long the potato salad has been sitting in the sun.   Unless you want to poison your guests (like in-laws or noisy neighbors), it is best to use some pre-cautions when serving food outside. Have wet wipes or hand sanitizer near the food table so people wash off their cooties.Read More →

Hollandaise.  Celebrate.  If we took some hollandaise, took some time to celebrate.  Just one day out of life, it would be so nice.  Sorry, Madonna circa 1983 just temporarily possessed me.  When I make hollandaise sauce, I have a tendency to put on too much jewelry and sing my rendition of her Holiday song. Hollandaise is one of the infamous Mother Sauces.  Like Madonna, it is also has a bad reputation.  Maybe bad reputation is too harsh; let’s just say it isn’t easy….to make. I’ve made hollandaise many times.  In my early days of cooking, I will admit that my sauce got clumpy because IRead More →

There are foods out in the world that I had convinced myself that I would never eat due to my past years of being a picky eater.  The beet had the distinction of being one of those foods. I had only really seen them on a salad bar glistening like slices of overcooked Jell-O.  I knew that in this form they were pickled but I still was never convinced to put that gelatinous looking muck in my mouth. In one of my cooking classes, I was urged to try a piece of roasted beet.  I was guaranteed that this would taste so unique that IRead More →