Overhead of Cajun macaroni salad in serving bowl garnished with hardboiled egg. Cajun Macaroni Salad

Cajun Macaroni Salad

Posted on Jun 21, 2019

Cajun Macaroni Salad, a spicy Southern twist on a classic side dish for summer, this creamy Creole pasta salad will have everyone back for seconds!  The perfect side dish for backyard BBQ’s and potluck gatherings. When tasked to bring a side dish to a summer gathering, do you lean towards potato salad? baked beans? maybe …

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Enchilada on white plate with refried beans. Easy Ground Turkey Enchiladas

Easy Ground Turkey Enchiladas

Posted on May 5, 2019

Easy turkey enchiladas made with seasoned ground turkey and two cheeses, wrapped up in flour tortillas and baked in red enchilada sauce. I don’t make Mexican dishes much at home, so when I get the craving, we go out.  But these enchiladas are so easy and good, we’re staying in.  Made with simple ingredients, nothing …

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Guacamole in white bowl with crumbled fresh cheese and homemade chips. Perfect Guacamole

Perfect Guacamole

Posted on May 1, 2019
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This is how to make perfect guacamole at home, simple and fresh, better than your favorite Mexican restaurant.  And you have to serve with homemade tortilla chips, you just do!  Instructions included with recipe. Guac.  Chips.  Queso.  Margaritas.  Doesn’t that just hit the spot sometimes?  That could easily be dinner for me.  For most, though, …

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Greek baklava cut in diamonds, baked in pan Greek Baklava

Greek Baklava

Posted on Apr 29, 2019

Classic baklava recipe, the traditional Greek pastry made with ground nuts, layers of phyllo and drizzled with honey syrup. I’ve had baklava now and then over the years, sometimes good, sometimes not so much.  In other words, not a huge fan, just kind of neutral.  But if you’ve ever had really good baklava, it’s a …

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Slice of pastitsio on serving plate. Pastitsio (Greek Lasgagna)

Pastitsio (Greek Lasagna)

Posted on Apr 28, 2019

Authentic Pastitsio, or Greek lasagna ~ layers of pasta, cinnamon-laced beef, Kasseri cheese and béchamel. Authentic Greek food.  I love it all, from the Greek festivals here in St. Louis to Greektown back home in Chicago.  And you’ll love this pastitsio.  But first, I have to fill you in on where I got this recipe, …

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Greek Instant Pot Leg of Lamb, sliced and arranged in pan, surrounded with Greek potatoes. Greek Instant Pot Leg of Lamb

Greek Instant Pot Leg of Lamb

Posted on Apr 15, 2019

Instant Pot leg of lamb, slow roasted flavor and fork tender lamb in half the time.  This Greek-style lamb has all the flavors you’d expect ~ garlic, lemon, oregano, rosemary and thyme, braised in the Instant Pot with wine and stock.  Serve with some Greek potatoes and pan juices, no thick gravy here.  Perfect for …

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Instant Pot Chicken Stock, overhead of finished stock in stock pot, ready to cool. Instant Pot Chicken Stock

Instant Pot Chicken Stock

Posted on Mar 28, 2019
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Instant Pot chicken stock, or bone broth, is so easy and fast in the pressure cooker, yielding a flavorful, gelatin-rich stock in half the time as traditional methods. I got an Instant Pot two years ago and by far, I use it most for making stock.  I’m the kind of person who starts to panic …

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Classic Hummus, in serving bowl drizzled with olive oil. Classic Hummus

Classic Hummus

Posted on Mar 16, 2019

Classic hummus bi tahini recipe with mellowed garlic, sesame paste and chick-peas.  A favorite Middle-Eastern spread served as a dip with pita bread. I first made hummus years ago when we lived in Chicago.  Meathead raved about the hummus at an Armenian restaurant he often went to for lunch, Sayat Nova.  I came across a classic …

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Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

Posted on Mar 15, 2019

Classic shrimp scampi with garlic, butter, lemon and wine sauce, tossed with linguine ~ on the table in  30 minutes. Last weekend, I had the house to myself, all weekend, for three whole days.  I don’t even know the last time that happened.  The girls are gone to college or beyond, and Meathead went on …

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Posted on Mar 1, 2019
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Reubens! Classic grilled Reuben sandwiches, with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, the best part of leftover St. Pat’s day corned beef! Every year after St. Patrick’s Day I want to make grilled Reuben sandwiches with the leftovers, and every year there are no leftovers.  Not this year because I hid some corned beef so …

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