Creole Seasoning

Creole seasoning is one of the easiest and quickest ways to add flavor and variety to any meal. Effortless to make and once you do, you will never buy store bought again! Creole seasoning is a great way to take your meals to the next level. It definitely adds a wow factor to chicken, pork,Continue reading “Creole Seasoning”

Chinese Chili Oil

Chinese Chili Oil also known as Red Oil is one of those condiments that is extremely versatile and adds a zing to your everyday cooking. Chinese Chili Oil is a very aromatic oil with a mild level of heat making it perfect for dumplings, noodles, rice, eggs, home fries, and more. I keep a jarContinue reading “Chinese Chili Oil”


Literally one of my favorite sauces or dips that I eat a ton of with just about all my snacks and meals. It’s refreshing and very easy to make. There is not a store brand that can compete with a homemade version. I first had Tzatziki at a Greek Orthodox Easter celebration in Ipswich, MassachusettsContinue reading “Tzatziki”

Udon Noodle Tofu Stir Fry

I just love using Udon noodles in stir fry dishes because they are a thick chewy noodle that is really delicious and soaks up all the yummy sauce you use to create the dish. Udon noodles hold up well for left overs and go well with any vegetable, meat, and any sauce you can create.Continue reading “Udon Noodle Tofu Stir Fry”

Hamburger Soup

I made this soup the other day because I wanted something quick and easy and because I needed some comfort food on a rather cold early summer day. Hamburger soup fits and satisfies the need. I love hamburger soup so much, because you can add whatever veggies you want. I think hamburger soup makes forContinue reading “Hamburger Soup”

Rhubarb Sauce – 5 Stars *****

I have always had rhubarb mixed with a fruit. Strawberry and rhubarb pie, strawberry and rhubarb jam, blueberry and rhubarb jam, etc. I have never had rhubarb as a stand alone. Until!! A few weeks ago my mom had the idea to make some rhubarb jam. Kind of wondered about this, but went along withContinue reading “Rhubarb Sauce – 5 Stars *****”

Baked Oatmeal

I was very skeptical about this dish in the beginning but after I tried it, WOW!! I am completely won over by this very healthy dish. It is perfect for a crowd, brunch, breakfast, or for a snack. I eat a bowl in the morning and it will last me till way past lunch. ItContinue reading “Baked Oatmeal”

Banana Breakfast Bars

This is a very easy and healthy breakfast bar and snack!! Takes about 15 minutes to prep and about 22 minutes of cook time. Fast to make and a heckuva’ lot cheaper. More delicious and made with real ingredients. Ingredients:2 medium bananas mashed (the older the better)1/4 of your favorite cooking oil1/4 cup packed brownContinue reading “Banana Breakfast Bars”

Pickled Red Onions

Want to jazz up your fish tacos, your pulled pork sandwich, or your salad? Add pickled red onions!! These easy pickled red onions are great on salads, beans, burgers, or a roast. As a matter of fact, they add the right amount of sweetness and zing to boost any dish. They are quick and easyContinue reading “Pickled Red Onions”

Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli translates to ‘pasta and beans’ and is a classic Italian soup. It’s a dish of many names – pasta e fagioli, pasta fasul, or pasta fazool. You can’t miss with this one pot hearty soup, it will win anyone over. Pair it with a nice loaf of rustic Italian bread and youContinue reading “Pasta e Fagioli”

Chicken and Biscuits

Chicken and Biscuits is a classic down-home comfort food! Flaky, soft, buttery biscuits are topped with creamy chicken and vegetables for a hearty and delicious meal. Easy to make in a cast iron Dutch Oven or large pot. Ingredients:1 tablespoon oil1 medium onion, chopped3 stalks celery, chopped1 cup carrots, chopped1 rotisserie chicken, cut up intoContinue reading “Chicken and Biscuits”

Cream of Tartar Biscuits

Maine Style This is an easy homemade biscuit recipe with cream of tartar used with baking soda for the leavening agent. The biscuits turn out perfectly flaky, buttery, soft, and tall every time!! A fantastic biscuit to serve with dinner or breakfast. Ingredients:2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour1 tablespoon of cream of tartar1 teaspoon baking soda1/2Continue reading “Cream of Tartar Biscuits”

Italian Zucchini Pie

A classic recipe that I have made tastier by adding bacon, Prosciutto, more cheese, and seasonings. Ingredients:2 cups of chopped/cubed zucchini1 cup of chopped tomatoes – I use grape/cherry tomatoes sliced in half1 small onion thinly sliced1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese1/2 cup of small mozzarella balls (marble size)3 slices of prosciutto – diced3Continue reading “Italian Zucchini Pie”

Korean Rice

Perfect way to cook rice!! I have always struggled to cook rice. I have tried many methods and each time my rice was too wet or too dry. I could have bought a rice cooker, but that was always easy way in my mind. Or, the need to get this right always prevented the purchase.Continue reading “Korean Rice”

Caramelized Onions

Caramelized onions are an easy and mouthwatering way to take a burger, sandwich, or any meal to a new level. Plus, caramelizing onions is easier than you think. Ingredients:1 to 2 red onion or yellow/white3 or 4 tablespoons of olive oil and butter (I use 2 tablespoons of each)A wee bit of sea saltA weeContinue reading “Caramelized Onions”

Seafood Gumbo

I first came across this amazing dish when I was living and working in East Texas. A coworker who hailed from Louisiana brought me in some to taste. Fell in love with it immediately. She gave me her recipe and I tweaked it to fit my taste. She used squid and octopus in her recipe.Continue reading “Seafood Gumbo”

Tofu and Sweet Potato Stew (Vegan/Vegetarian)

I recently made a Sweet Potato Beef Stew that came out extraordinarily delicious.  Immediately after making this dish, I got to thinking about my Vegan and Vegetarian friends.  Thus, I decided to make the dish again for them.  I swapped out the beef with tofu and swapped out the beef bone broth with vegetable broth.Continue reading “Tofu and Sweet Potato Stew (Vegan/Vegetarian)”

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo is a popular Mexican salsa tracing back to ancient Aztec cuisine and specifically from the Yucatan Peninsula, Sonora, Guanajuato, and Oaxaca regions of Mexico. It also goes by the name salsa bandera, which means flag salsa, because it depicts the green, white, and red colors of the Mexican national flag. It isContinue reading “Pico de Gallo”


Equipment Needed: Instant Pot Jelly Bag or Cheese Cloth (jelly bag is best) Fine Mesh Strainer Thermometer (Quick Read or Candy) Wooden Spoon Non-Metal Whisk *All equipment needs to be bacteria free.  Make sure your equipment is thoroughly cleaned. Ingredients Needed: Whole Milk – ½ Gallon, I use Oakhurst (use any really good pasteurized milk)Continue reading “GREEK YOGURT – INSTANT POT RECIPE”

Mama Saluzzo Parmigiana di Pollo

INGREDIENTS: Boneless Chicken BreastItalian Bread Crumbs mixed with Parmesan cheeseEggsMarinara Sauce (homemade)Fresh Mozzarella CheeseFresh Parmesan CheeseFresh Ricotta Cheese (seasoned)Cooked Spaghetti Noodles Preheat oven to 400 degrees Boil your noodles, drain, and then toss around in your seasoned ricotta cheese.  I make fresh ricotta but you can use store bought.  I season my ricotta with ItalianContinue reading “Mama Saluzzo Parmigiana di Pollo”

Up River Granola

I have finally created a granola recipe that makes my tummy and brain happy.  I have not had much luck creating some granola that had me go “WOW, damn, this is better than sex” and now I have!!!  High protein too!! Rolled oats — 4 cupsDried cherriesHemp seedsAlmonds – whole or slicedPecans – whole orContinue reading “Up River Granola”

Lumberjack Pot Pie

Both my great grandmother Edith and grandmother Olive were cooks at a lumber camp in Dead River Plantation and Big Island, Maine in the late 1800’s.  Back when the rugged lumber jacks felled trees with axe and various hand saws and used oxen/work horses to haul the timber. After I came up with recipe, IContinue reading “Lumberjack Pot Pie”

Red Curry Shrimp

INGREDIENTS1 Pound of Shrimp (I used 2 pound frozen)1 Extra long Carrot sliced like a 25 cent piece1 Medium Red Onion (quartered) I sliced mine1 Red Bell Pepper cut in chunks1 Medium Zucchini cut into chunks1 – 14 oz can of Coconut Milk1 good size handful of Cilantro chopped1 Tbsp Red Curry Paste1 Tbsp ofContinue reading “Red Curry Shrimp”

%d bloggers like this: