Simply Sultry & Sassy Crockpot Sausage Dip 2

I come from hearty, hybrid immigrant stock and hail from the Great Plains state of South Dakota. My entire family represents died-in-the-wool, avid (occasionally rabid) football fans or, more specifically, Minnesota Viking fans! I missed that gene. I am a disappointment and an embarrassment to my family and, over the […]

#4 of 10 Ways to Rock Store Bought Rotisserie Chicken; Poolside Pulled Chicken Sliders

This sandwich hooks up three of my very own and very “secret” recipe favorites–“Poolside Pulled Chicken,” “Moonstruck’s Coleslaw ‘Remix’” and the stove top version of my “Bayside Bayou Onion Jam!” Using a store bought rotisserie chicken for the pulled chicken requires less than 30 minutes top-to-bottom–(including pickin’), the coleslaw “remix” […]

Aunt Carole’s Crazy Easy Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting 6

My Daddy’s sister, Carole, was one of three girls in his family and, in my humble opinion, remains our family’s truest version of “Aunty Mame.” Every one of my father’s sisters is a force of nature (like their mother and my grandmother, Ilo Bren)–and true to that legacy Carole was […]

Moonstruck on the Bay Smoked Salmon Cheesecake 2

Moonstruck on the Bay Smoked Salmon Cheesecake   Russ and I have travelled extensively professionally and often for extended periods (making us less inclined to travel for pleasure these days) and while I almost never want to eat at the hotel for dinner (too many great restaurants out there)—I’m a […]

Eastern Shore Seafood Cheesecake 2

Eastern Shore Seafood Cheesecake   Waterside living—be it poolside, bayside, lakeside or a picnic at the river or on the bank of a stream—is best when shared with friends and family. As we all know, food plays a key role in any waterside gathering and the simpler the better to […]

Muldoon Road’s “Secret Sauce”

Many years ago I was stationed in Alaska at Elmendorf Air Force Base (AFB) in Anchorage, Alaska on the shore of Cook Inlet as an Airman First Class (just a “two-striper”) in the Air Force Commissary Service (AFCOMS). To say that we were poor is an understatement! My former husband had […]