Melon Balls

Melon Ball Skewers from

Happy 4th of July! Are you serving fruit this weekend?   These days, most people make it easy and buy their fruit pre-cut into chunks.  Blah, blah blah…….How about, this weekend, you buy whole melons and  kick up your fruit salad by making melon balls. Melon balls are kind of a retro idea, but I think they should come back in […]

Texas Coleslaw

A kicky coleslaw with an oil & vinegar dressing from

Earlier this summer I wrote a post about my first coleslaw.  Yes, fifty-something and I’m making my first coleslaw!  What I didn’t tell you was that I’d hedged my bets by bringing both a mayo based AND a non-mayo based coleslaw to the BBQ.  Today I’m sharing the non- mayo based coleslaw.  It’s based on a […]


Gazpacho served in a bowl from

As summer  heats up, I’m always looking for no-cook ideas.  Who wants to heat up a kitchen, when its already 90+ degrees outside!  Gazpacho is a fresh, healthy and delicious way to beat the heat.  I also love it because there are so many different, and fun, ways to serve it. So what is gazpacho ?  Traditionally, gazpacho is a […]

Happy July 4th!!

Patriotic Flowers on Cape Cod

Happy July 4th!!                   Today(actually all weekend) is a time to celebrate the freedoms that we all enjoy.  With all the unrest around the world this year, I am particularly grateful. The flowers in the photo above are from my trip to Cape Cod, last summer.  I […]

Creamy Coleslaw

Creamy Cole Slaw - made southern with Buttermilk and Dukes from

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a BBQ and asked to bring coleslaw.  No problem I said… and then realized I did not have a go-to coleslaw recipe!  How was that possible?!  I mean , I cook all the time….. I guess I was never the one asked to bring the coleslaw.  […]

Outdoor Concert Dining

alfresco dining

It’s summer! I love going to outdoor concerts …..and when it’s a venue that allows you to bring in your own food – even better! Here are some ideas I’ve,over the years, to make your next outdoor concert dining experience stress free.

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