Welcome from Jo!

If you’re here, then you know me. If this is your first visit, please read this post. I have always been the cook, but a few years ago, after his retirement, Stan began to become slightly more interested in cooking. He asked me how to make simple things he likes such as lentil soup. So…

Roasted Oysters

Not one of Stan’s favorites, but definitely one of mine! Oysters are largest and juiciest during months containing an “R.”

Pasta e Fagioli

I enjoyed this so often at the Olive Garden, I finally decided to develop my own version.

Spanish Potato Omelet (Tortilla de Patatas)

I first tasted this simple omelet back in the late 1960s at Michele Tillier’s La Parisian Restaurant in St. Augustine. I don’t care for cheese with my eggs very much, so his cheese-less version of this recipe appealed to me. You certainly can add cheese to this, if you so desire. Sometimes we have this…

Three-packet Pot Roast

I didn’t make pot roast very often for years because, although he’d eat a little bit, Stan never really seemed to like pot roast, even though he likes brisket, standing rib roast, pulled barbecued beef, etc. Finally, I asked him what he had against pot roast. He said he just didn’t like all the carrots,…

Eggplant Hasselback

I originally heard about this way of preparing eggplant from my sister-in-law, Debbie. Later I found this recipe. It calls for a cup of marinara sauce, therefore I categorized it as “Meatless.” However I happened to have some of my homemade meat sauce in the freezer when I made this, so I used that. The…

Simple Soy Sake Salmon

Men who can (and will) cook are rare in my life, but Carlene has certainly found one! Thank you, Bill! This is truly one of the most delicious salmon recipe Stan and I have ever tried. I wasn’t raised eating salmon, but Stan is a salmon lover, so I’m constantly looking for new and better…

Debbie’s Stromboli

My sister-in-law, Debbie who is an amazing cook, shared this recipe with me many years ago. Since a whole Stromboli is more than the two of us can eat in one sitting, I like to make it as an appetizer to share with a group. The filling ingredients can vary according to what you’re in…

How to Cook Rapini (aka Broccoli Rabe)

Carlene demonstrates how to cook Rapini. She says: This food is low in saturated fat. It is also a good source of Pantothenic Acid, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc…

Tortellini Soup

This delicious soup comes from my friend, Gail. It can be put together very quickly, with most ingredients you probably already have available. 1 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cups each carrots, celery, onion, diced 2 teaspoons minced garlic 32 ounces Chicken Broth 14 1/2  ounce can chopped tomatoes, undrained (basil/garlic) 10 ounces fresh baby spinach…

Laurie’s Mushroom Canap├ęs

I believe our friend Laurie was cooking professionally in Key West in the 70s when she shared this recipe with Carlene, who was also living there. Thus it found its way to me. It’s simple to make and delicious. 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature Two egg yolks 4-ounce can of mushrooms stems…