Asian Chicken Noodle Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Chicken)

I remember when I was growing up we ate a lot of chicken. Often it was simply baked chicken with crisp, salty, peppery skin. Yum! Other times Mom mixed it into casseroles, like in my favorite, Curried Chicken Divan. We didn’t know any better and we just called it “Chicken Curry.” Regardless of what you […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: The Fourth of July Edition


I am not Betsy Ross. Nor am I Bakerella. But, I really wanted to be. At least for a day. For the last month, I’ve been scheming this fantastic Fourth of July cake pop that I was going to wow you with. I had such great plans. I envisioned candy coated, star-shaped cakes on a […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Feeding a Crowd


Summertime seems to be the season of get-togethers. Family reunions, birthday parties, softball team barbecues, graduation parties, and 4th of July get-togethers all congregate during the summer months. My inner Martha loves this. There’s nothing more exhilarating to me to have a crowd come feed at my house. Good thing I was born into a […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Summer Desserts (Recipe: Grilled Lemon Poundcake)


Summertime lends itself to easy cooking that doesn’t make you sweat. And while wintertime dessert plates might feature warm and spicy dishes like pumpkin pie or apple streudel, summer dictates something light, fresh, and cool. Last night we made something new! Using a Sara Lee frozen pound cake, fresh berries and whipped cream, FishPapa and […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Grilled Foods


I just love the smell of food cooked outdoors. Last weekend we spent an afternoon at the beach, and the scent of charcoal fires mixing with the salty breeze and a hint of Bain de Soleil was fantastic. Now that’s the smell of summer! One of my favorite things to grill is veggies. If you’ve […]

Spicy Grilled Shark with Peach Salsa (Ultimate Recipe Swap: A Birthday Dinner)


Birthdays are cause for special celebration at our house. Usually we let the Birthday Person choose one meal to eat out (within reason) and sometimes he gets to plan the other meals for the day as well. Each of my guys has a favorite that is often requested. So I usually have a feeling what […]

Our Anniversary Dinner & a Potato Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: A Romantic Meal)


Today FishPapa and I are celebrating our fifteenth wedding anniversary. It’s cliche, but true – the time has just flown by! We met when I was a sophomore in college. I was preparing for a year abroad and then I met the guy of my dreams. As the Lord would have it, we not only […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Mother’s Day

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Usually, I think of Mother’s Day as license to cook/make someone else cook what I like to eat as well as enjoy a day off Kitchen Patrol. But, this year, my mom will be here for the weekend, so I want to make it special for her, not just me. Unfortunately, she detests some of […]