Cold Vegetable Platter

April 20, 2018

Such a nice, simple side dish…

Asparagus (blanched)



Hearts of Palm

Artichoke Hearts

Dress with Good Seasons seasoning packet mixed with oil and vinegar and arrange like vegetables together on a platter.


I don’t really have any “go-to” rice recipes but this one fits the bill.  I made this wild rice dish to go with cornish game hens and it was a hit.  I used frozen pearl onions and golden raisins, but everything else I did was as written.  I took the baking dish option and the recipe made a generous portion with no need to double for our big Easter crowd.

Source: Wild Rice Stuffing with Pearl Onions, Dried Cherries and Apricots recipe |

Shrimp Salad

March 23, 2018

This was served over cold wild rice and a bed of lettuce.
Shrimp Salad
2 small jars of marinated artichoke hearts
Sliced grape tomatoes
1 red pepper, julienned
1 bunch of green onions,chopped
Sliced black olives
Feta cheese
1 pound shrimp,cut into small pieces
Garlic Expressions Bottled Dressing-to taste


Fruit Salad by Margie

March 23, 2018

My new friend Margie is a caterer and I have enjoyed several of her delicious dishes.  Here is her simple fruit salad but not simple in taste!

Fruit Salad
1 cup of red grapes,sliced
1 cup of green grapes,sliced
1 pint strawberries,sliced
1 small container blueberries
The Dressing-
The zest of half an orange
The juice of half an orange
One half cup sugar
One half cup water
1 tsp.vanilla
Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan and boil until sugar is dissolved.  Refrigerate until ready to use.  Add the dressing to the fruit just a few hours before serving but the dressing can be made the night before.

The family liked them so that’s good enough for me!

Source: Fluffy Bakery-Style Cornbread Muffins

Paleo Zucchini Muffins

February 23, 2018

Dad found this recipe just for me and I love it!  Moist, healthy and yummy!  Do over!!!

Source: Zucchini Muffins Recipe (Gluten/Grain/Dairy-free, Paleo)

Hollandaise Sauce

December 19, 2017

It wouldn’t be Christmas morning without eggs Benedict.  This recipe is from Susan and has become a tradition not only for our family Christmas morning but for brunch on the annual houseboat trips as well.  Always accompany with a sparkling glass of champagne!

3 Egg Yolks (room temperature)

1 1/2 Tbsp Lemon Juice

3/4 cup Butter (melted)

1 Tbsp Hot Water

Dash Cayenne

Combine egg yolks and lemon juice in blender.  Add 1 Tbsp hot water to yolks and lemon juice.  Turn blender on high and immediately pour in hot butter in a steady stream for about 5 seconds.  Add a of pinch salt, cayenne and blend for about 30 seconds.