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Greek Pasta Salad

I’ve always thought of myself as being somewhat worldly when it comes to food. I’ve done my fair share of globetrotting, eating around and in many cases immersing myself in enjoying what the locals are consuming wherever I travel. Of course, that doesn’t make me a food expert, but I’ve always felt familiar with a … Read More »»


Dill Pickle Dip

  Thank you all for continuing to join me on my crazy and delicious dill pickle adventure. You know, the journey where I make dill pickle stuff, like this Dill Pickle Dip and we eat and talk about it like old friends. Yes, our relationship is so complicated. Dill pickles are truly an obsession of … Read More »»


Grilled Avocado-Barbecue Chicken Naan Pizza

  A simple way to enjoy pizza on the grill with naan bread as your base. Barbecue sauce, fresh mozzarella, rotisserie chicken and delicious California avocado make this a perfect appetizer or a meal everyone will love. Is it just me, or is anyone else shut down by their husband any time you want to … Read More »»


9 Extremely Weird Cookbooks You Probably Don’t Have

There truly are some strange cookbooks out there. It makes me wonder just who is cooking from them. I have to admit some have me laughing hysterically and others have me shaking my head in that “what were they thinking” type of nod. Say hi to Jeff Marten as he unveils his own family’s collection … Read More »»


Perfect Silver Dollar Pancakes

  We LIKE pancakes at our house. And when I say like, I actually mean love. My kids always say I make the best pancakes and I’ve shared my secret with you all on how to make the fluffiest pancakes possible. It’s so easy! However, sometimes you might want to make lots of pancakes all … Read More »»

Favorites From The Past


Slow Cooker Kalua Pork with Chive-Lime Rice

  Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing, fun-filled weekend. The weather in Oregon is finally summery and every bit as warm as we were hoping for. The garden is finally in and the grill has been working overtime. Have you ever had traditional Hawaiian Kalua Pork? Where the pig is cooked … Read More »»


Cherry-Pineapple Cinnamon Crunch Cake

So what was I saying?  Oh yeah, my obsession.  Well, other than my obsession with using up all the accumulated boxes of cake mix in my house, I am also obsessed with the taste of canned cherry pie filling.  I love it.  I don’t know what it is, but I do.   Now, do I enjoy home … Read More »»


Gratineed Pineapple

I can’t tell you how much I love Hawaii.  It has been our go to place for needed rest and relaxation. However, the costs of putting in a vineyard do not warrant spending a small fortune in Hawaii this year.  My dreams of a tropical vacation have been trumped by the purchase of pressure tanks, well pumps, fencing, electrical generators, … Read More »»

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