Shirley Temple Recipe

That adorable little tap-dancing girl with the blonde ringlets and dimples not only gifted us with years of entertainment during the 1930’s, she also has her name on one of the most popular of all non-alcoholic cocktails: The Shirley Temple. Certainly one of my childhood favorites (and, admittedly, a favorite into adulthood), this drink offers […]

Salmon Chowder Soup Recipe Canned Salmon

Canned salmon comes with all of the taste and nutrition of fresh salmon, but is much easier to make. My favorite recipe to make with canned salmon is is salmon chowder soup. It’s a delicious, filling hearty soup with the ease and nutritional oomph that comes with salmon. Ingredients: – 3 tbsp. butter– 2 onions, […]


Perhaps the most well-known and enduring of all legends surrounding the herb rosemary is that which holds that, when the Holy Family fled to Egypt to escape Herod’s edict initiating the Massacre of the Innocents, Mary spread her robe over a rosemary bush while she rested beside it, turning hitherto white flowers blue.  This in […]

Recipes Fruit Smoothies

Fruit smoothies are becoming every popular these days. More and more often, they are even being served in eateries. When making smoothies at home, there are a few simple rules to remember. Rule #1- Use frozen fresh fruit when available.Rule #2- Use juice as the liquid.Rule #3- DO NOT add ice cubes!Rule #4- Add nutrition […]

Recipes Bruschetta Variations

Bruschetta with tomato? Why not bruschetta with cream cheese and shrimps? I happened to live in Italy when bruschetta was taking Italian bars by storm and they were trying to outdo each other with creative bruschetta variations. One of my favourites actually was a white bruschetta with no tomato at all just a generous spread […]

Racking Spices

Generally speaking I abhor torture and stand four square with the UN, Amnesty International, and all other organizations that ban its use. I would personally rather water ski through shark infested waters than water board a single living creature. Except when it comes to spices. Yes, it is true, I whole-heartedly endorse the use of […]

Recipes Vegetarian Lasagna

Eggplant is the perfect substitute for meat in your lasagna. I make this a lot in the summer when my eggplants are ripe! Makes approximately 12 servings 1 cup asiago or provolone cheese, shredded2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded1 container (15oz) ricotta cheese1 large bunch spinach (optional)2 medium eggplants2 jars (26oz each) […]

Recipes Spicy Pesto Pasta Sauce

I tried a new kind of pesto while living in Singapore, it was called Rocket Pesto. Rocket is what the Aussies who manufacture it call ‘arugula’ and I love the smell of arugula! So imagine how disappointed I was when it just didn’t taste or smell much like aragula, bummer…but, it got me experimenting and […]

Recipes Spanish Rice

I have lived in the Northeast, the South, and the Southwest, and have learned that everyone likes Spanish rice. My mother has her own recipe which she prepared and served throughout my childhood in New England. After I moved to Arizona, I worked at a shelter for women and children; part of my job included […]

Pizza Hut Versus Mcdonalds Taste and value

Apples to apples, oranges to oranges! Pizza Hut versus McDonald’s? Do they really compare? Yes, they are both recognizable and popular restaurant chains, but trying to compare a sit down pizzeria to a fast food burger joint is like comparing people to penguins. Surely they both walk upright, but that about sums up their similarities! […]