Cucumber Salad




Cucumber Salad
  • 3 cucumbers
  • 2 C grape tomatoes, halved
  • ½ red onion
  • ½ bottle Italian salad dressing
  1. Slice cucumbers into thin slices.
  2. Slice onion into thin rings.
  3. Combine first three ingredients in bowl with lid.
  4. Pour salad dressing over vegetables.
  5. Toss well.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.


Until next time, Happy Cooking!  :)

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~Russel Baker

Taco Pizza

Once upon a time, recipes were passed through families from generation to generation.  These days, we don’t even use cookbooks as often as we once did, preferring to find our recipes online.

I’m happy to report that the original recipe that inspired this one came from a family member.  Admittedly, I tend to communicate with all of them online more than in person (my fault; I need to work on that), but at least we still have a line of communication.  My cousin’s wife Govanna said she prepared Taco Pizza for dinner and they loved it.  She was nice enough to share it with me, and if you know me at all by now, changes were made.  Not major, you understand; how many ways can you fix Taco Pizza, anyway, right?  But based on what I had on hand, as well as our preferences, I tweaked it just a bit…..

Taco Pizza
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Serves: 4
  • Taco Pizza
  • (1) Mama Mary’s pizza crust
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 pkg Ortega taco seasoning
  • ⅔ C water
  • ⅔ C Ortega taco sauce
  • ⅔ C traditional pasta sauce
  • ¼ C refried beans
  • 1 C mozzarella cheese
  • shredded Kraft Taco blend cheese
  • shredded tomato
  • shredded lettuce
  • 1 – 1 oz. Cool Ranch Doritos
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Brown ground beef; drain.
  3. Add water and taco seasoning mix.
  4. Bring to a boil; reduce and simmer 3 minutes.
  5. Mix taco sauce, pasta sauce, and refried beans in a bowl.
  6. Spread thoroughly on pizza crust.
  7. Top with mozzarella and taco meat.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and top with crushed Doritos.
  10. Spread lettuce and tomato over pizza and serve.





Don’t look at my sad ol’ pizza pan–doesn’t this look delish?!?!?


Until next time–Happy Cooking!  :)


“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James

Tequila Lime Chicken


Tequila Lime Chicken
Serves: 3-4
  • 6 drumsticks or 12 chicken wings or drumettes
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 C corn meal
  • vegetable oil
  • ½ C honey
  • 4 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp tequila
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat oil in pan deep enough to fry chicken without turning often.
  2. Mix flour and corn meal together in a shallow dish.
  3. Whisk remaining ingredients together in a glass bowl.
  4. Dredge chicken in flour mixture until well coated.
  5. Place in hot oil and fry until golden.
  6. When chicken is done, place in glass baking dish and pour glaze over chicken, turning pieces over until well coated.
  7. If desired, place dish in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes before serving.


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Until next time, Happy Cooking!  :)

“In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” — Mark Twain

Baked Salmon

Baked Salmon
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Serves: 2
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 6 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 salmon filets
  1. Whisk together the first seven ingredients.
  2. Place salmon filets in a glass baking dish; pour marinade over filets.
  3. Refrigerate for one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees; bake, covered, for 45 minutes.


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Until next time, Happy Cooking!  :)

“If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.”  ~Nadine Stair


  • 1 head of cabbage, in chunks
  • 3 carrots
  • ½ C onion, chopped
  • 1 C Miracle Whip salad dressing
  • 1 C sugar
  • ¼ C vegetable oil
  • ¼ C apple cider vinegar
  1. Mix last 4 ingredients in bowl; set aside.
  2. Feed cabbage, carrots, and onion into food processor.
  3. Pulse until desired consistency and place in large bowl.
  4. Pour dressing over mixture; cover and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.


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Until next time, Happy Cooking!  :)


“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” – Doug Larson