Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Oven-roasted Asparagus

Spring brings a change in weather, wardrobe, and menus.  You'll find asparagus now at your local grocery and here's an easy and delicious way to prepare it.

    Oven-Roasted Asparagus Recipe
    • Cook's Note
    • To remove woody ends, grab stalk of asparagus at either end and bend until it snaps. It will naturally snap where it starts to get tough.
    • Directions

    • Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
    • Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper. Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer.
    • Bake in the preheated oven until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness. Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving.
    •  Recipe from AllRecipes.com

Monday, February 9, 2015

Strawberry heart

The strawberry has a natural heart shape.  Use slices to decorate a cupcake or even in a salad to carry through on a Valentine theme.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cheese lovers day


I enjoy cheese in or on almost everything. And by itself. Here's a favorite way to enjoy it alone as a snack or to accompany a salad.                  FRICOS
Grate a 8 oz.  block of Parmesan-Reggiano
Mix with 2  1/2 Tblsp. flour &               !/2 tsp. black pepper.  Drop by Tablespoons 4 inches apart on a silpat lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly.  Bake 10-12 minutes at   375 degrees.  Cool 2 minutes and remove.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

National Donut Day

It's National Doughnut Day (or Donut Day), which falls on the first Friday of June each year.

Whether you like them jelly-filled, powdered or glazed, you now have a good excuse (if you needed one) to enjoy the sweet treats.

National Doughnut Day isn't a ploy by doughnut shops to get you in their doors. Its roots date back to World War I, when hundreds of Salvation Army officers, aiming to comfort U.S. troops serving in Europe, cooked and served doughnuts to the soldiers, according to USA Today.

The first National Doughnut Day was celebrated in 1938.

You can score a free donut at any Dunkin Donuts today.

Sunday, May 18, 2014


Plain Jane to Fancy Nancy.  The humble cucumber and radish get all dressed up.

 Recipe from madiganmade:
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp chopped pecans (optional)
2 tbsp mint, thinly sliced
2 tsp chopped chives
4 ounces, softened cream cheese
1/8 tsp salt
1 seedless cucumber, sliced into 32 rounds
3-4 med radishes, sliced thinly into 32 rounds

Mix  Combine the first seven ingredients together in a large bowl.
Cut  Use a decorative cookie cutter (i.e. a flower) to cut the cucumber into shapes.
Assemble Layer the cucumber, then the radish slice on top of each other. Then top with about 1/2 tsp of cheese mixture.
Serve  Serve right away and enjoy!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Confetti says "PARTY"!       Make your own with a circle punch or shapes such as a heart or butterfly.   Perfect use for scraps of fancy patterned papers from which you created your invitation. This keeps your theme going.  Scatter on tabletops or up the walk leading to the PARTY.