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It’s corn season: Corn Salsa and Mexican Street Corn  

Years ago, I worked for a wonderful company, based Springfield, IL. I remember the first time I flew into the home office and all I saw were corn fields. Spectacular color from above and tall and majestic from the road. (...and yes guys, I remembered never to cut through a corn field. I did not want to suffocate!) Living in Upstate New York, we have our share of corn too, albeit smaller in field size, but still fresh corn. What…

Who doesn’t have an orange and some olives in the fridge?

Really, c’mon, you must. It is summer, and the weather is hot so no need to turn the oven on. Make this simple recipe as an appetizer or a meal. I added my “Italian spin” from a Spanish version originating from Martha Stewart. Prosciutto with Oranges and Olives  What you need: Start with a lovely crusty and chewy bread. Ciabatta in this case, it not a viable selection as the slice’s surface can be thin and too airy for topping. Ricotta…

Simple yet intriguing tostadas

What is a tostada?  Most people know this, but I had no idea there are so many ways to create the base for a tostada. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Using corn tortillas, cover both sides with cooking spray and lightly salt. You can use olive oil as well. Place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and place on the upper rack of the oven.  Watch closely- 2 minutes or so each side, flipping once. If you like…

What is a Charcuterie?

Can you pronounce that word?  Do you know what it is?  Let the education begin… According to Merriam Webster, charcuterie is a noun, char·cu·te·rie  \ (ˌ)shär-ˌkü-tə-ˈrē \ and is defined as a delicatessen specializing in dressed meats and meat dishes; also: the products sold in such a shop. Many weekends, regardless of the season, Chip and I look to have a light fare lunch or mid-afternoon snack to compliment the wine that we so long to consume on these lazy afternoons. A…

Chip’s Unorthodox Jalapeno Poppers

My husband loves jalapeno poppers.  I am not a huge fan of them nor am I a fan of deep frying- anything. I know you can grill them as well but here is a cheater option for an open-faced popper.   Be creative! I added a little ground beef to the base before adding the cheese mixture to make it more of a meal than an appetizer. You can also make these a Buffalo Chicken Cups by adding rotisserie chicken tossed…