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Empty Nest Chicken Rolls

It has been nine days since Jack started at the University of Alabama and 24 hours since Amelia returned to RIT. The nest is empty except for Izzy and her snoring keeps the silence from becoming deafening. Dinners have taken on a new meaning and geared towards a more flexible palate. No more rushing to get someone to work or practice or to the movies. It is silent and still. The kitchen no longer has chocolate milk and apple juice…

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…

Lemon Shrimp: How easy is this?

I am always looking for something quick and easy to make.  I like good, fast and simple.  Summer is coming and you want to spend the least amount of time you can in the kitchen. If you have a side burner on your grill, this can totally be done outside in the summer breeze with a drink in hand. Try this easy base and use it in a number of ways! What you need: 1 lemon squeezed for fresh juice.…

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…