Cajun 15 Bean Soup

Cajun 15 Bean Soup is spicy and meaty with ham, andouille sausage, beans, tomatoes and green chilis.  Can’t beat hearty and healthy!

Cajun 15 bean soup

What’s the best thing about holiday leftovers?  For me, it’s making ham bone soup! 

Every year I serve a ham during the holiday season–and some years it’s two!  Besides being a real crowd pleaser, you can’t beat the leftovers.  And one of my favorites is leftover ham bone soup like this Cajun 15 Bean Soup. 

Yes, how do you beat tasty and nutritious, with its healthy beans, tomatoes and peppers and a rich, spicy kick.  The soup was meaty and flavorful without having so much spice that my husband objected.   Read more


Virgin Cosmopolitan

Sweet-tart and flavorful, this Virgin Cosmopolitan is as tasty and fun as the original Cosmo Cocktail! Perfect all year round!

Virgin Cosmopolitan

Mocktails are all the rage.  And truly I get it. Every time you turn on the news there’s another announcement of a new health risk from alcohol. 

Then there’s the fact that drinking an inebriating beverage can make it tough to sit for hours with old friends. While tossing back a drink or six.   

And don’t even get me started on the calories.

So I decided that this is the year I’m working hard to branch out.  No, I’m not giving up my Grasshopper Ice Cream Drink or my Refreshing Limoncello Martini, but I am planning to make a point of looking at other options too. 

Yes, I figure that dry January can actually mean discovering more new ways to have fun!  Read more


Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs

Crunchy and savory Italian Bread Crumbs are a staple in the kitchen.  Use as a binder, breading or to add flavor and crunch!

Italian Bread Crumbs

Bread crumbs are an important player in the kitchen.  No, they’re not flashy or glamorous–but they can be a key ingredient in so many dishes!

That’s right! Coat a cutlet. Dust a fish.  Mix into a casserole. They add crunch and flavor—and who doesn’t like crunch and flavor!

And I especially like Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs with their accent of savory seasonings like garlic and oregano!

Now did you know that it’s easy to make your own?  It’s great for value, convenience, and quality control!  That’s right.  When I checked out a commercial brand, the second ingredient was high fructose corn syrup, and the third, corn syrup.  Um… no thank you. 

Time to make my own!  Read more


Dutch Oven Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes

Savory, meaty and tender, with flavorful browned vegetables, Dutch Oven Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes is a perfect weekend dinner.

Dutch Oven Pot Roast

Is there anything that says Sunday Supper quite like a good old-fashioned Pot Roast?  And it’s even better loaded up with carrots and potatoes!

Yes, making a good pot roast can take an inexpensive cut of meat and turn it into a special dinner.  Without a whole lot of work since the slow cooking does all the tenderizing.

Would that makes it even better than the “Chicken in Every Pot” of depression-era fame? Read more