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Easy & Colorful Pasta Salad

Easy & Colorful Pasta Salad

Once again, my second mom created a masterpiece, this time in the form of a pasta salad that’s perfect for any summer picnic, lunch or dinner. You can chop/slice/dice the vegetables however it suits you and your desire for something you can really sink your […]

The Best Dang Potato Salad This Side Of The Mason-Dixon Line

The Best Dang Potato Salad This Side Of The Mason-Dixon Line

Alternatively: The Best Dang Potato Salad This Side Of The Mississippi.  That just about covers everybody.  And it is: THE BEST DANG POTATO SALAD – PERIOD!  Although, to quote my brother (who, in the summers, would wolf down seconds…thirds…fourths at each sitting), our Mom’s is […]

Better The Devil You Know…Deviled Eggs

Better The Devil You Know…Deviled Eggs

Better the devil you know…than the devil you don’t. Which means that it is often better to deal with someone or something you are familiar with and know. Well, I know how to make sinfully delicious Deviled Eggs, and I make them frequently! 6 – […]

Marinated Asian Flank Steak

Marinated Asian Flank Steak

This flank steak has been a favorite of mine and my guests for many years – the flavors of the marinade are unexpected and wonderful! It can be doubled or tripled depending on the number of guests – the quantities used in this recipe will […]

Pilfered Pea and Orzo Salad

Pilfered Pea and Orzo Salad

I call it “pilfered” because a friend of mine used to work at a popular restaurant that had this colorful, delectable salad on the menu, and I asked him for the recipe. That particular restaurant was part of a large corporation and, therefore, was extremely […]

Cheese Crack: Over-The-Top-Addictive Cheesy Snack Crackers

Cheese Crack: Over-The-Top-Addictive Cheesy Snack Crackers

Words cannot even begin to describe how tasty these snacks are! If you are a fan of Cheez-Its (and who isn’t, really?), you will flip out over this easy-to-make facsimile. The original recipe, introduced to me by my pal Marci, is posted here, and it’s […]

Country Style Pork Shoulder Ribs

Country Style Pork Shoulder Ribs

I’ve made these “ribs” (which, as mentioned in an earlier post, Two Options For Dry Rub Marinated Baby Back Ribs, are not technically ribs) more often than any other dish in my blog, and they are consistently tender, flavorful, and delicious.  My Mom, who would […]

Retro Ham Bites With Cream Cheese

Retro Ham Bites With Cream Cheese

I cannot recall specifically whether these appeared on some party platter at a gathering thrown by my parents when I was a kid – and if they did, surely they were served with cellophane or multi-colored toothpicks. In any event, the combination of ham, pickle […]

Bacon & Blue Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Bacon & Blue Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers

I loves me some turkey burger! My earlier post, Hearty Blue Cheese and Bacon Burgers, calls for incorporating the bacon and blue cheese into the meat mixture. This version is instead stuffed with it, and so the blue cheese melts inside and does not brown […]

Simple Chickpea Salad With Lemon, Parmesan, and Herbs

Simple Chickpea Salad With Lemon, Parmesan, and Herbs

I discovered this versatile and flavor-packed recipe in a Bon Appétit magazine from last year. As a result I always keep a can of chickpeas in my pantry for a spontaneous salad based on what else I’ve got on hand. Try some variety, such as […]

Tasty Lip-Smackin’ Fried Chicken

Tasty Lip-Smackin’ Fried Chicken

Having grown up in Maryland, with not one but two moms who were also from the South, you’d think I’d enjoyed a lifetime’s worth of delicious, home-made fried chicken. Somehow, that quintessential Southern staple never made it to our dinner, or picnic, table. My second […]

Shrimp Mousse – With A Twist

Shrimp Mousse – With A Twist

This is one of my very favorite party foods. All Southerners have enjoyed this popular dish, omnipresent at every picnic, tailgate party, and backyard barbeque. My second mom has been making this for us ever since I can remember, and she calls it Shrimp Paté. […]


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