American Potato Salad

I mentioned this in last Sunday’s post, and it’s as true now as it was then.  In the summer, I don’t cook much.  We grill a lot, then use the leftovers to make salads and sandwiches.  I’ll be sharing a few of those recipes in July, so stay tuned!  It was beastly hot on Friday, […]

Baklava Blondies

In the pre-kid era of our marriage, we were always busy going to art galleries, wine tastings, festivals and sporting events.  We ate fresh seafood and took long walks on the beach in Florida, explored the Sleeping Bear Dunes and toured the lighthouses in Northern Michigan, took a boat tour under the Golden Gate bridge […]

White Chocolate Soup with Berry Skewers

Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays!  I love the tradition of taking my family to watch the fireworks, singing ‘God Bless the USA’ and waving our American flags back and forth with pride.  What could be better than celebrating our nation’s birthday with a simple but elegant RED, WHITE and BLUE dessert? […]

Shrimp & Veggie Stir Fry

Shrimp & Veggie Stir Fry

Confession:  I hate to cook in the summer.  For dinner last week we ate grilled steak and chicken with veggie kabobs and baked potatoes (used the leftover meat on salad the next night), tuna sandwiches on whole wheat with carrots and celery, carryout ham and mushroom pizza and brie and proscuitto sandwiches on sourdough bread with fresh […]

My Favorite Fudgy Brownies

Making homemade brownies isn’t difficult, but I quickly discovered it can be expensive.  My solution?  I replace some of the melted chocolate with cocoa powder to save a few bucks.  Luckily, this substitution doesn’t compromise the fudgy wudgy factor whatsoever!  Now the two sticks of butter?  I’m sorry, there is no substitution for that, unless you want […]