Waldorf Salad Wraps

Waldorf Salad Wraps

I love New York City in the Spring! The hustle and bustle of the crowds, the sights and colors…so exciting! My husband and I like to have a drink in the Waldorf-Astoria lounges – either the Bull & Bear or Peacock Alley…so elegant and absolutely lovely. For today’s post I’m sharing a take on a special salad that was created back in the 1890s by the maître d’hôtel Waldorf, Oscar Tschirky. This delightful salad has diced apples, thinly sliced celery, crunchy walnuts and is mixed with a mayonnaise-based sauce. I add a handful of seedless black grapes and wrap it up in Boston lettuce leaves for a light lunch…truly delicious! Continue reading

Cheddar Crab Muffins

Cheddar Crab Muffins

I don’t know where the original recipe came from, but Heidi shared this recipe years ago with the family and we’ve all been making these delicious Crab Muffins as appetizers ever since. They’ve become a true classic! Hope you’re able to give them a try…the upcoming Superbowl 50 on Sunday, February 7th may be just the day to make ’em…they’re not something you want to have if you’re on a diet – but are definitely decadently delicious and so easy to make… Continue reading

Taco Tuesday: Baja Fish Tacos

I’ve read that about fifty years ago, somewhere in Baja California someone created what is generally considered to be the original Baja fish taco.  This tasty taco traditionally consists of a lightly battered mild white fish that is deep-fried, then served in a corn tortilla with shredded cabbage, a sour-cream- or mayonnaise-based sauce, a bit of salsa, and a squeeze of lime. I’ve changed the original just a bit in this recipe – using a cornmeal crust and using only a tablespoon or two of vegetable oil instead of deep-frying the fish. I tossed the shredded cabbage in the mayo-sour cream concoction along with some fresh cilantro and the zest and juice of a lime. The flavor combination is amazing! I hope you give these a try on your next Taco Tuesday… Continue reading

Taco Tuesday: Shrimp Tacos with a Kick!… Revisited!

Who doesn’t love tacos. I like to eat them with pork, beef, chicken and seafood. But today I decided to go with shrimp. Shrimp is a good ingredient on active days because it cooks quickly with little effort… and today was just one of those days. I added a little kick by taking my inspiration from south of the border. To make my life easy on days like this, I always make up different rubs to be used as needed. When I make a rub, I make extra and store it in a mason jar for later use. So today I’ll be passing on one of my favorite spicy rubs. It can be used on whatever meat you choose. Nothing to it… Continue reading

Vidalia Onion Dip

Heidi and I have an older sister named Bethann. She’s well-known in the family for making really good appetizers! Now I am not sure where this Vidalia Onion Dip originally came from, but many years ago Bethann shared her version with me. Her recipe called for Swiss cheese. I’ve made it with just about every cheese imaginable. My favorite by far is cheddar. You can substitute your favorite! This dip is great served on sliced Italian bread or toast points or simple crackers…ENJOY!   Continue reading

Creamy Roasted Tomato & Garlic Soup with Grilled Cheese on Rosemary Garlic Bread Stuffed with Fried Tomatoes

grilled cheese and T soup

When I was in kindergarten, (you know back when it was half a day), I just couldn’t wait to get home for lunch. My mom would tell you I loved my Campbell’s Tomato soup with an American grilled cheese sandwich Monday through Friday. Like clockwork she knew what I wanted. I still love grilled cheese and tomato soup, only now I like them a little more grown up.

Here is my amped up version of my childhood favorites!   Continue reading