Pink Senorita, Seniorita, Pink Lemonade Margarita

Pink Señorita

Another Cinco de Mayo specialty! As we continue the countdown to Cinco de Mayo, Tuesday, May 5, I thought this recipe for a Pink Señorita would be perfect. This beverage is an alternative to traditional Margaritas made with a surprise ingredient: Pink Lemonade! I love Margaritas AND lemonade, so for me, this is combinación perfecto: a Pink Lemonade Margarita. Some lemonade factoids Little known factoid: Both lemons and sugarcane are native to India. That country gets credit for the creation of lemonade! Other little known facts: According to Wikipedia, there are two distinct types of lemonade: cloudy and clear. Clear

Burrito Pie

Burrito Pie

Burrito Pie is perfect for Cinco de Mayo (or any other day) I’m posting this in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo, Tuesday, May 5, but really, Burrito Pie is one of those meals that works year-round. I make both meat and vegetarian versions to suit individual preferences, so you can take these recipes and adjust as preferred. How is Burrito Pie different from a regular burrito? Besides combining two disparate words (i.e. Burrito + Pie), there isn’t much difference. A burrito is a dish in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine consisting of a flour tortilla wrapped into a sealed tubular shape

Potstickers Chinese Dumplings

Potstickers (Chinese Pan Fried Dumplings)

I’ve been on a Chinese takeout kick lately, have you noticed? First Egg Rolls, then Vegetarian Egg Roll in a Bowl. I even make Chinese chicken skewers. Well, no Chinese menu is complete without Potstickers. For some, it’s the best thing offered. What is a Potsticker? It’s a type of Chinese dumpling cooked with a combination of frying and steaming. It is said that they were invented by mistake when a chef left his pan unattended too long and the dumplings  “stuck” to the pan. Turns out that fried dough makes the dumpling mighty tasty! Typically potstickers are filled with

Vegetarian Egg Roll in a Bowl

Vegetarian Egg Roll in a Bowl

What IS an egg roll in a bowl? I know I’m not alone when I say: I LOVE egg rolls! The crispy deliciousness, the oil that warms the meat and vegetables – all the things that make egg rolls so unhealthy! LOL. Whatever health benefits one might search for in conventional egg rolls (let’s face it, there are only a thimble’s worth of vegetables) they are completely wiped out in the deep fryer. Even the meatless varieties contain just tiny servings of vegetables. So that’s why there’s so much to love about a vegetarian egg roll in a bowl. All

Homemade Egg Rolls

Homemade Egg Rolls

Easier than you think As I shared before, I took a Chinese cooking class a long time ago. It was a very casual type of class generously offered by my employer as a quality of life enhancer. My co-workers and I learned how to make stir-fries and other delicious dishes. The most useful thing I learned was how to make homemade egg rolls. Making egg rolls may seem intimidating at first – the filling, the rolling, the stir frying – but it’s actually quite easy. And homemade egg rolls are incredibly delicious and easy to customize to your personal preferences.

salmon with lemon dressing

Salmon with Whole Lemon Dressing

Salmon ❤ lemon! Today I have one more recipe for when life gives you lemons. Lemon on salmon is a classic combination. But it’s usually just a little squeeze of juice. This time, we will use the whole lemon to make Salmon with Whole Lemon Dressing. Sula ❤ salmon! I’ve mentioned before that I get my salmon directly from Alaska, courtesy of Sitka Salmon Shares. I love receiving those boxes of frozen vacuum-packed fillets and I’m always looking for new ways to use them. So I was happy to find a recipe from NYT Cooking which I lightly adapted for

lemon layer cake

Triple Lemon Layer Cake

When life gives you lemons . . . Today I continue the lemon theme with a Lemon Layer Cake. Like my Jelly Donut Cake, this recipe uses a box mix for the cake layers and spruces it up with a special lemon filling and lemon-cream cheese frosting. Lemony goodness! Make the lemon curd filling Pick your pan Please don’t overlook this important step. The choice of pan is important. I am very sensitive to “metallic” tastes, and the acidity of lemon juice can cause aluminum cookware to leach metallic aluminum ions into the sauce. Not only will the reaction create

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

When life gives you lemons Call it what you will: social distancing, quarantines, whatever. At first we all felt united to defeat a common foe. But as the days turn to weeks, many are beginning to feel a bit sour on the whole topic. Well, as the saying goes: when life gives you lemons, make . . . Lemon Meringue Pie! Lemon Meringue Pie is one of the first I learned to make, straight from the Betty Crocker cookbook. It’s perfect for beginners because it’s simple and produces such impressive results! I find the sweet-tart combination of sugar and lemon

hand washing

Proper Hand Washing

The importance of proper hand washing We all know how to wash our hands. The current climate has our leaders reminding us to increase our hand washing frequency. But, are we using good technique? Our hands touch so many surfaces every day. And, we tend to touch our faces. A lot. So we are transferring all those germs to our faces all day long. In order to kill as many germs as possible, we need to wash our hands for a full 20 seconds. How to time ourselves for 20 seconds of hand washing How long is 20 seconds anyway?

Fruit Pizza

Fruit Pizza

With Easter coming, I think spring. And when I think spring, I think fruit. And when I think fruit, I think of fruit-based treats. For many years, it was my tradition to make a Fruit Pizza for Easter. It’s one of those great, easy recipes that everyone loves. And you don’t have to spend hours preparing it. After all, you need time to hunt for those eggs! There are many variations on this recipe. Some people add Cool Whip to the mixture of cream cheese, which sounds interesting but also kind of messy. Some use a homemade cookie dough recipe.

Strawberry Jelly Donut Cake

Jelly Donut Cake

Every spring, I crave strawberries. The craving usually hits before strawberries are actually in season. That’s why I love making this Strawberry Jelly Donut Cake. I get the taste I want from the strawberry filling without worrying about finding those perfect berries. The star of this cake is actually not the cake part. I simply use a box mix for that. What makes it great is the filling layer. I used my raspberry sauce from the meringue hearts recipe as a starting point, and revised it for strawberries. So let’s go through how to make that: Make the strawberry filling

bone broth

How to Make Bone Broth

Previously, I shared an easy way to make your own vegetable broth, which I use regularly. Today, we’ll tackle bone broth, a surprisingly healthy soup. What is Bone Broth? Bone broth is a highly nutritious stock made by simmering animal bones and connective tissue. What are the benefits of Bone Broth? The amounts of nutrients in broth are dependent upon the ingredients used, but in general: Bone: The bone itself yields minerals like calcium and phosphorus. Sodium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur and silicon are also present. Marrow: Bone marrow provides vitamin A, Vitamin K, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and minerals

Nicoise salad

Nicoise Salad

I love a classic salad, and this Nicoise salad certainly qualifies. It’s an easy dish that has many variations, which means you can adjust ingredients to suit individual taste buds. This version comes with a shallot vinaigrette which complements the flavors wonderfully. The origin of Nicoise salad? Let’s explore: Salade niçoise (French pronunciation: ​[niˈswaz]), is a salad that originated in the French city of Nice. It is traditionally made of tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, olives and anchovies or tuna, dressed with olive oil. It has been popular worldwide since the early 20th century, and has been prepared and discussed by many chefs.