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…

Bill’s Asian Grilled Salmon

Men who can (and will) cook are rare in my life, but Carlene has certainly found one! 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 ways to prepare…

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 Canapés

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…

Carlene’s Clam Sauce

Carlene gave me this recipe many years ago, and I make it pretty often. It only has a few ingredients, it comes together very quickly and it has a surprisingly rich and delicious flavor. 2 6.5-ounce cans of clams. (They can be chopped or minced) Chopped large sweet onion Garlic – several cloves chopped or…

Stuffed Summer Squash

This recipe originally came from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine somewhere around 1980. I remember the first time I made it, I knew it was a keeper by the happy eating noises Stan made when he tasted it. This can be made with either zucchini or yellow squash. Four medium zucchini or yellow squash, about…

Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe is one of the three main things that I make from leftover rotisserie chicken. The other two recipes are chicken ala king and chicken salad. This recipe can be made all in one pot if that pot can go from the stove top to the oven (pot and handles must be able to…

Adelaide’s Cole Slaw

  When Stan and I were living in West Palm Beach back in the early 80s, Aunt Helen, who had been visiting some friends in Homestead, stopped by for a few days on her way back north. While with us, Aunt Helen introduced us to her friend, Adelaide, who also lived in West Palm Beach….

Easy Peasy Banana Cream Pie

The only think that actually needs to be made for this pie is the filling. The crust and the topping are no-brainers. Of course, you could always use instant vanilla pudding, but it won’t be firm enough to slice properly, and it won’t taste nearly as good. And the only real challenge for a novice…