Quick Marinated Cucumber Salad

This quick marinated cucumber salad is one of my favorite summertime side dishes.  It keeps a few days in the fridge… not sure how long because I usually eat it up within 4 or 5 days.  You can make this the day you’re serving it if you can allow a couple of hours for everything […]

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic and Cheese

I have lost count of how many times I have made this dish. Sometimes I skip the onions, as I did the other night. Sometimes I use Cheddar cheese and other times Mozzarella.  I usually cube the cheese but I had a package of shredded Mozzarella so used that. You could leave out the garlic […]


It’s summer and the tomatoes are plentiful and good.  I have tomatoes on toast for breakfast, sometimes with a scrambled egg but often just plain.  I get to walk out and pick the ripest tomatoes for my breakfast, which is about as good as it gets.  When the tomatoes become really plentiful, I make gazpacho. […]

Spinach, Orange and Strawberry Salad

For Easter brunch, we squeezed a bunch of oranges and made mimosas.  I purposefully squeezed extra orange juice and used some for basting the ham. I had extra and remembered seeing a salad dressing made with orange juice. As it turned out, it was for a spinach salad with strawberries, daikon radish, and oranges.  That […]

Grilled Asparagus

This is my absolute favorite way to cook asparagus and it turns out to be the simplest too!  How cool is that?! First a storage tip. A friend of mine that grew up with his family running  a large farm taught me to store my asparagus in a jar of water in the refrigerator. They […]