Asparagus-Pea Soup with Parmesan Cheese

Asparagus-Pea Soup with Parmesan Cheese

What do you do with a neglected bunch of asparagus?   Make soup!  I bought a package of fresh asparagus from Costco, put it in the refrigerator and promptly forgot about it.  By the time it was discovered it looked a little sad, not good enough to serve for dinner but too good to trash so I made this asparagus-pea soup with parmesan cheese. 

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Mashed Red Potatoes with Horseradish

Mashed Red Potatoes with Horseradish

My first taste of mashed red potatoes with horseradish was last month at the Smoke + Cedar restaurant in Tacoma.  Actually, it was served to Don with his prime rib entrée and I sneaked a bite.   Oh, yum, how delicious they tasted and I mentally added it to my recipe-post list.

tropical jungle cake design

Tropical Jungle Cake Design

This tropical jungle cake design was incredibly fun to create. I got my inspiration from a zebra print cake design on Cake Central . Instead of doing all three tiers in a zebra print, I made the top tier a giraffe print and the bottom tier a leopard print. Each tier of the cake is composed of…

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Chunky Beef-Barley Soup

Chunky Beef-Barley Soup

I took inventory of the soup in the freezer and discovered we are down to only two cartons of soup…..one was French onion soup and the other was a smokey split-pea.  I also found a beef chuck roast that is getting a bit of a freezer burn but I’m using it anyway to make this nice…

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Mahi Mahi with mango salsa

Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Mango Salsa

Don is breaking open a new bag of charcoal and firing up the barbecue so we can have Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Mango Salsa for dinner tonight.  Mahi-Mahi is the Hawaiian name for a large fish that is found in the Pacific ocean tropical waters.  It is also called a Dolfinfish but not the same sort…

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Fresh Strawberry Jam

Fresh Strawberry Jam

Oh, yum…..fresh strawberry jam slathered on a nice warm, buttery, lemon buttermilk scone.  Delicious!! Strawberries are one of my very favorite fruits and I am so thankful that they are available all year.  I remember when we could only have fresh strawberries in the summertime, that is unheard of in today’s food technology.   There…

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Fresh Mango Salsa

Fresh Mango Salsa

I found a great buy on a couple of large mangos as they were a little wrinkly and the produce department had reduced the price.  They were still firm and sweet but not over ripe, so I don’t care if they are not quite as pretty as they should be.  It was a good bargain and made…

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beet watercress and arugula salad

Beet Watercress and Arugula Salad

Watercress and arugula have a sharp peppery flavor that provides a spicy bite to this salad and compliments the sweet roasted beets incredibly well. The flavor of these two greens is similar to a radish-like flavor, however, younger arugula leaves are much more mild and almost sweet.

Red Snapper Veracruz

Red Snapper Veracruz

Happy cinco de mayo!   I am thinking I would like something different from the usual tacos, enchiladas, guacamole and high-fat dishes that are so prevalent in America.  I want something different and more authentic.  When we visited San Diego, CA a few years ago we had a really nice Red Snapper Veracruz for dinner…

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Flan Npolitano

Flan Napolitano

This recipe of Flan Napolitano is Mexico’s version of a classic dessert.  Flan is an egg based custard usually cooked in a shallow dish that has a layer of caramel on the bottom.  When it is inverted onto a serving plate the caramel is on top creating a delightful sauce of deliciousness. R Flan is one…

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Chipotle Chicken Enchilada

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe for chipotle chicken enchiladas is a blast from the past with some new-fangled upgrades.  My friend and co-worker, Maria, gave me her recipe for chicken enchiladas way back in 1978 when we both worked as aids for the U.S. government school (DODDS) in Subic Bay, Philippines.