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My Crispy Bread and Butter Pickles

6 lbs thinly sliced, unpeeled, unwaxed cucumbers (about 40 pickle sized Kirby cukes, will make about 4 quarts. The thinner they’re sliced, the more you will pack into each quart. Large English cucumbers will work too if Kirbys aren’t in season.) 3 thinly sliced large white onions (1-1/2 to 2 cups) 7 large garlic […]

Recipe – Red Beans and Rice

Ever since I lived in New Orleans, I have loved real New Orleans style red beans. When I first moved there, I was a waitress at Lenfants Restaurant, where their lunch special was a big plate with red beans on one side, rice on the other side, and a big hunk of grilled smoked sausage […]

Recipe – New Orleans Shrimp Salad

When I lived in New Orleans, my favorite restaurant lunch was an avocado stuffed with shrimp salad. Cajuns like their shrimp spicy, layered with flavor, and the seafood spice mix is essential. This particular Creole seasoning is easy to make and costs a fraction of Emeril’s or Paul What’s his name’s seasonings.

Creole Seasoning


Recipe – Fish Tacos, Baja Style

My dear friend Connie Lou lives in Costa Mesa, California, and when we visit her we always make it a point of going to the Catalina Fish Kitchen to get their awesome fish tacos. They don’t usually deep fry the fish, as most places do. I don’t really like fried foods – at least […]

Recipe – Butternut Squash Pasta With Goat Cheese and Walnuts

Here’s a nice vegetarian dish that serves plenty.

Preheat oven to 425°

1 butternut squash, seeded, peeled and diced into 1″ cubes 1 large onion, diced extra virgin olive oil 8 oz goat cheese, crumbled 1/4 cup half and half or almond milk 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted* 1 packed cup of basil, […]

Recipe – Fresh Vegetable Stew

I made this soup today. Yum.

The midwest and east coast areas are covered in feet of snow, the temperatures are in the 20’s, and your family is going to want a nice hot aromatic supper tonight. Here’s an old faithful recipe of mine for a meatless veggie stew. You can make it a […]

Recipe – Emeril’s Oven Roasted Baked Snapper with Tomatoes and Basil

My brother Bob loves this recipe and makes it all the time. Don’t skip the tomato water – it’s the best part! The recipe is from’s site. Enjoy!



Recipe – Bob’s Spaghetti with Shrimp and Fennel

From my brother Bob, a recipe utilizing fresh dill that looks just scrumptious.

Spaghetti with Shrimp and Fennel



Recipe – Chicken Divan

Chicken and broccoli just go together naturally. Here’s my take on this great combo.

Chicken Divan Recipe

Serves 6

Preheat oven to 350

4 cups chicken breast meat, diced […]

Recipe – Vegetable Ratatouille

I love eggplant. This recipe can be modified to use whatever produce you have on hand. Beans, peas, sugar snaps, corn – whatever vegetables you like can be added to this versatile dish. Meat can be added to this dish; shredded chicken, ground beef or lamb would be good. If using ground meat, brown […]