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….

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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. 

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. 

Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad

Kale is a vegetable that is full of nutrition, healthy and delicious.   It is also a vegetable that I was unfamiliar with until about five years ago.  I have been experimenting with it to find new ways to include it in my diet. This kale Caesar salad recipe is crunchy and flavorful. 

Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onions

Don and I went to dinner last week in Tacoma to a restaurant called, Smoke + Cedar, this was our first visit but we will return.  Don had received a gift card for his birthday and this gave us an opportunity to escape from our yard clean-up duty.  It was a great dining experience and I…

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Beef Taco Salad in Tortilla Bowls

Holy Moly!  It seems like Christmas was just a few weeks away now here it is almost May already.  Where does the time go!  In a salute to cinco de mayo this is a recipe for a beef taco salad in tortilla bowls. 

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

On Easter Sunday we had a nice family gathering for dinner and one of the entrées was roast leg of lamb, which was delicious served with roasted asparagus and rosemary potato gratin.  There was enough leftover roast lamb to use to make this recipe for shepherd’s pie. 

Sautéed rosemary-lemon beets

Sautéed Rosemary-Lemon Beets

Each week for the past couple years I have been receiving a ‘healthy living’ newsletter email and have come to look forward to seeing them in my inbox.  They are filled with good information ranging from healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, aging and medical issues.  This week the newsletter was all about the health benefits…

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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

When we lived in the Philippines in 1975, we would take a little trip, as often as possible, to the Northern part of the island Luzon to a mountain resort area named Baguio City.   One of the best restaurants in that little hamlet was a small French restaurant that we loved to go to…

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Chicken Caesar Sandwich

Chicken Caesar Sandwich

While browsing through my book, The Sandwich Bible and viewing the contents of my refrigerator, I was inspired to make this chicken Caesar sandwich for our lunch.   This book is packed full of a huge variety of sandwiches but it is so fun to just do your own thing and be creative.   However, if you…

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Dilly Potato Salad

Dilly Potato Salad

This dilly potato salad is the last of my two bags of potatoes.  It all started with a group project and my parsley potatoes, then went on to my recipe of rosemary potato gratin for Easter dinner.  There was just enough potatoes left in the bag to use for this recipe of dilly potato salad. 

Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese

I loved this mac and cheese casserole as a kid growing up and was always happy to see mom preparing it for dinner.   Mom used that processed cheese food called Velveeta that was so popular in those days.  Velveeta cheese was ‘invented’ in 1918 but became popular in the 1930’s and was going strong…

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