Avocado Toast

Welcome 2021! Here's to a wonderfully healthy year! Avocado Toast has always been a favorite of mine to order for brunch, so I was thrilled to find a recipe for it in hopes of duplicating that restaurant experience at home. As The New York Times notes, there is an art to it. Here are some... Continue Reading →

Pomegranate Gimlets

Scott and I tried a couple of Ina Garten's cocktail recipes this holiday season. In November, we tried her Cranberry Martinis, and this month, we tried her Pomegranate Gimlets. Both are wonderful, but we've had a chance to try the Pomegranate Gimlet recipe twice. The first time, we made the gimlets straight from the recipe... Continue Reading →

Cranberry Crumb Cake

This year, we received fresh Cape Blanco Cranberries from the Oregon coast and they are wonderful! What a treat. I don't often bake with cranberries but found this recipe hard to pass up, and of course, I had to share because it is that good. This Cranberry Crumb Cake is delicious! Friends and neighbors agree.... Continue Reading →

Tomato Mozzarella Pan Bagnat

If you still have a can of tuna in your cupboard, you may want to give this recipe a try. It's a great alternative to a more traditional tuna salad. Many thanks to my aunt for highlighting this recipe and sharing her modifications with me. This classic Provencal sandwich comes from Ina Garten's "Make It... Continue Reading →

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

This recipe is a classic. Ina Garten published it as a vegetarian option from a popular soup in "The Silver Palate Cookbook" and it then became a bestselling soup at Barefoot Contessa. It's become popular in our household as well. Yes, this recipe is a classic - I remember the days of buying a whole... Continue Reading →

Neiman Marcus Egg Salad

With eight eggs and just a couple tablespoons of mayonnaise, Neiman Marcus' Egg Salad is light on the mayo. And, similar to Neiman Marcus Tuna-Pecan Salad and Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad, there's just a handful of ingredients. All three are easy enough to make and taste great too. Depending on the number of people in... Continue Reading →


Scott and I recently traded homemade jam for homegrown tomatoes and have enjoyed a few batches of this gazpacho over the last couple weeks. This recipe from the New York Times Cooking is easy to make and does not contain tomato juice. The juice comes from the tomatoes! Serve with a grilled cheese and it... Continue Reading →

Peach Daiquiris

Another much appreciated recipe from my father-in-law is his recipe for peach daiquiris. Made with fresh peaches, these drinks make for a nice summer cocktail. Scott and I have modified the recipe a bit, to include more fruit and less sugar. Below, is the original recipe with our modifications noted. You may modify as you... Continue Reading →

Baltimore Crab Cakes

My father-in-law has several recipes we've tried over the years and his Baltimore Crab Cakes recipe is one that tops the list. With just a few ingredients, it's easy to make and it tastes great too. I eat them plain but Scott likes a little cocktail sauce with his crab cakes. This recipe makes four... Continue Reading →

Davie’s Salmon

Dear and longtime friends in Ft. Langley, British Columbia introduced us to this BBQ salmon recipe when we visited their home years ago. It's become a favorite in our household over the years and we sure are grateful for the introduction. You need to use charcoal briquettes and salmon with the skin on. Be sure... Continue Reading →

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