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PICKLED BEETS AND POTLUCKS

When I first moved to the Midwest I kept hearing the term ‘pitch-in’ and wasn’t quite sure what that meant; it didn’t take me long before I realized it was just another word for ‘potluck’.

PIMENTO CHEESE POTATO GRATIN

Musical pairing – Gimme The Good Stuff by Trisha Yearwood Will you do me a favor and just make these today? I mean like really, today? Because if you don’t, you’ll be one sorry person when the day comes that you actually do make these ever-so-cheesy, tender, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes . […]

RED QUINOA SALAD WITH CITRUS-CURRY DRESSING

Musical pairing – All We Are by Matt Nathanson What feels like an eternity but in reality was only a month ago, The Professor was gone for the weekend and I took the opportunity to head down to Indianapolis to do some shopping . . . yep, actually drove. by. […]

GRILLED POTATOES WITH LEMON AIOLI

Musical pairing – Gimme Some Lovin’ by The Spencer Davis Group I have never met a potato I didn’t like . . . wait . . . let me rephrase that . . . I have never met a potato I didn’t love. It must be part of my Irish […]

CRANBERRY ORANGE RELISH-SALAD

Musical pairing – Linger by The Cranberries I don’t know about you but I’ve never been a fan of cranberry sauce from a can.  Ever. Every single Thanksgiving holiday you could find some sort of small serving dish with a blob of jiggly, jello-like substance with the texture of sandpaper, […]

MARTHA’S SWEET CORN W/BABY BEETS & BASIL

Musical pairing – The Beat Goes On by Sonny & Cher Our garden is beginning to wind down but we’re planning to try some cool weather plantings which we’ve never done before so that will be an interesting experiment.  Niece Avery has been dropped off for her first year at […]

4TH OF JULY WATERMELON SALAD

Musical pairing – Bang Bang by David Sanborn Well here we are, 4th of July weekend . . . also the end of the week and you’re either having guests for the holiday or you’ve been invited to someone’s party.  And you’re supposed to bring something to share . . […]

DIM SUM . . . and then some . . .

Musical pairing – Waiting For The Sun by Future Loop Foundation No matter how well you plan something, “stuff” happens, and never is this more true than when traveling.  When we made a quick 3-day trip to Salt Lake City back in May, our intentions were to see our granddaughter, […]

GADO-GADO & A GRADUATION

Musical pairing – Hello, Goodbye by Glee Cast Our niece, Avery, just graduated from High School as co-Salutatorian of her class and we headed over to Cincinnati to join in the festivities; it was quite the night – happiness, joy and tears – all roller-coastered into one evening.  How did […]

THE ICE-BURG AND SMOKY PORK BURGERS

Musical pairing – Let’s Go To The Hop by Danny & The Juniors. In my childhood town of Walla Walla, there is a little burger joint on Birch street called, ‘The Ice-burg’ that has been a fixture in that community for almost 60 years.  My mom and dad dined on […]

NO-RECIPE, RECIPE ASPARAGUS TART

Musical pairing – I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas . This is going to be a super quick post as this is a super quick no-recipe, recipe – and it’s delicious to boot!  My ‘Nati’ family made this for a family gathering several months back and I’ve loved […]