Cucumber Radish Salad

There’s something about garlic and yogurt together.  It’s just one of my favorite flavor combinations.  Seriously.  They combine and complement all the ingredients in this cooling cucumber radish salad This salad combines all the right notes, crunchy, creamy, salty, tangy.  Really yummy. 2 English Cucumbers sliced super thin a bunch of radishes (15-20) sliced super… [Continue Reading]

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Eight of My Favorite Summer Salads

It’s hot outside! In an effort to keep my temperature down, I’m looking for salads for dinner.  It occurred to me, that I’ve created quite a few, so I thought I’d revisit some of them myself and then I had the idea to share them with you – I mean, I can’t expect everyone to… [Continue Reading]


Roasted Potato, Cucumber and Parsley Pasta Salad

Bear with me folks. You’re just going to have to trust me on this one.  Until you try it for yourself, that is. I opened the fridge today to see what was available and surprise!  There wasn’t much.  We had cucumbers, potatoes, and celery that needed to be used – so here’s what we did.… [Continue Reading]


Applebee’s In Ocala

My daughter has been obsessed with the commercial for Applebee’s and the free french fry refills (we love fries). So last Sunday, we were looking for someplace to go for dinner when we remembered the commercial that had us longing for crispy fries. We drove over to Applebee’s and were surprised when we walked in… [Continue Reading]


Roasted Potatoes with Spicy Rice, Peas and Corn

It’s been cold and dreary here, I think I’ve mentioned it recently.   A hearty meal of roasted potatoes with spicy rice, peas and corn is very welcome – the heat from some serranos make this a great meal to end this horrible cold with.  Satisfying, spicy, crunchy and delicious! 1 5 lb. bag of potatoes,… [Continue Reading]


Spicy Cabbage and Potato Soup

It’s that time of year… You know, when everyone you know has some sort of ailment or another.  Well, I got hit with a bug and I knew just what I needed.  Fortunately a friend has some surplus garden bounty that she brought over and I made an incredible, satisfying, spicy, soup.  It’s the kind… [Continue Reading]


Okra and Eggplant

High summer in Florida – the local farms have plenty of okra, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes… And sometimes it gets a little overwhelming trying to figure out yet another recipe for some of these veggies.  We made this from local okra and eggplant – it’s super abundant right now and very affordable, not to… [Continue Reading]

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Slaw with Grapefruit Dressing

Summer is in full swing and cool dinners are a staple in our house in Florida.  I love experimenting with new salads and in particular, slaw – I had a Ruby Red grapefruit that needed to be used, so I decided to try a Slaw with Grapefruit Dressing.  I’m really glad I did. It was… [Continue Reading]

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Summer Harvest Warm Pasta Salad

Down here in Florida, it’s really hot.  This room temperature, or slightly warm pasta “salad” is a great way to use up all those summer veggies!  This warm pasta salad is unexpected and marvelous! My version makes enough to feed an army, feel free to scale it down – don’t worry about measurements, it will… [Continue Reading]

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Linguine with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Potatoes

Decadent.  Did you ever feel like you just need carbohydrates?  Rough day?  Week? Month?  Yeah.  I had one of those days and I could not get the idea of pasta and potatoes out of my brain.  So?  I went with it.  This was so very good – comforting, very satisfying.  Feel free to halve the… [Continue Reading]

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