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Sassy Bacon Jam

Bacon is one of heaven's finest gifts. Real bacon, not turkey bacon, and do not even think of vegan bacon, although, if you must, I won't judge. The image of bacon sizzling in a skillet on a Sunday morning says, "Ahh, it's Sunday." When you add a little cayenne, this bacon jam becomes very sassy! Jam conjures up images of sweet and sticky jars of fruit. Slightly burned toast that my Gramma Amelia made with her favorite jam or jelly.…

Italian Summer Salad

The perfect WFH summer salad

Working from home (WFH) is not for everyone, yet so many have been thrown into this new work environment. It is estimated that over 67% of new WFH employees do not have a home office set up or any home office equipment. This new world presents a challenge and challenges can be stressful.  Stressful feelings lead to mindless snacking and poor food choices. (Of course, cheese does not now, or will it ever fall into the poor choice food category.)…

Nice Melons! Summer Melon Salad.

Summertime smells rival the smell of apples and cider in the fall. Fruit is so plentiful right now and walking through the Troy Farmer’s Market on Saturday it was almost intoxicating. Melons, berries, and peaches are so plentiful. When the temperatures get high and the desire for quick and easy meals are imperative, I look for something I can make and use in multiple ways. This is one of those recipes- Melon Salad. What you need: 1 honeydew melon -…

Italian Style Cowboy Caviar.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with some international influence. It’s summertime and you are stumped with trying to take something new and different to your family or friend’s picnic. Traditional Cowboy Caviar is a super easy 15-minute dish that is hearty and healthy. My sister-in-law Celeste made for a picnic last Sunday. It was spectacular. But that got me thinking: What can I do to this to make it more of a meal and change it up with an Italian…

My Take on Tuna Poke Bowls

Let's get to this fun and easy dinner dish but, first, let’s say it correctly. It is pronounced poh-kay and it means “to cut crosswise into pieces.” This beautiful creation began in Hawaii as a simple dish of marinated tuna mixed with assorted items that they had on hand such as onion, seaweed, wasabi, and kimchee. The dish became popular in the 1970’s for fisherman who needed a quick and easy snack. I liken it to the many simple and…