Chicken, apple and pecan salad

Here is a lovely salad.  Chock full of flavor, texture and color, it is hearty enough for a dinner entree, but also a nice addition to a salad lunch.  It has morphed from its Panera Grills inspiration, but retains the very gratifying combination of apple, chicken, nut and cheese. Read More

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Grand Marnier Brownies

Two types of chocolate, almonds, orange, and Grand Marnier come together in a very delicious and sophisticated brownie.  This is not your basic lunch box brownie– although what a happy and welcome addition to a desk top lunch it would be– but a dinner party dessert, or a tasty addition to an elegant dessert bar platter.
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Reveling in care packages… the Revel bar

And off they go–

the college bound depart.  In various directions, over much of August and into September, excitedly or nervously, travelling lightly or pulling epically laden U-hauls, they depart… and we can turn our thoughts to planning a care package or two.  In these days of Amazon Prime, there aren’t many needs that can’t be met in less time than it takes to send a text to mom or dad, but there are some things that even the internet can not provide. Read More


Doing the huli huli…Huli Huli chicken skewers

“To everything (turn, turn, turn, turn),

there is a season (turn, turn, turn)”…..the Byrds

Apologies for the dated reference, but the discovery that “huli” means “to turn” got me to thinking about the cooking steps involved in the creation of this delicious favorite, for which this is definitely the season! Three simple steps which each add depth to the sweet, smoky, fruity flavor, and during each of these steps you turn, turn, turn.   First you marinate, for a few hours to overnight, then you grill and baste while grilling, and then right at the end of the cooking, you add some glaze and let it cook into the tasty chicken or pork.   You can also serve the glaze with the dish for even more Hawaiian scrumptiousness. Read More


Summer bounty…Spinach and orzo salad

It’s late summer and in our region that means it is hot, hot and hotter, and even the gardens of brown thumbed folk are exploding with beautiful produce. Our specialties,  the easy things, are great fun, immensely satisfying and delicious.  Spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, and herbs are thriving now and are just about jumping into a big salad bowl for an evening meal. Read More