• Recipes,  Salads,  Side Dishes

    German Potato Salad

    German Potato Salad in a White Bowl - Left View Portrait Image

    Delicious warm or cold, German Potato Salad is an all-time favorite for potlucks, picnics, and barbeques. The slightly sweet but tangy dressing contains no mayonnaise, so it is a perfect choice for hot weather.

    German Potato Salad in a White Bowl - Right View Square Image

    I love summer. But sometimes the weather is so hot, my meal planning becomes routine and ordinary. So I think… “let’s eat alfresco!”…but mayo is a big hard no. So, salads that are typically “summer” salads like macaroni and potato are not even in my consideration.

    But then there is German Potato Salad. Loaded with onion and bacon, it is a hot weather favorite of mine because there is no mayonnaise to worry about. Made mostly with pantry items and produce staples means I don’t have to go to the market just to make this dish.

  • Beverages,  Breakfast & Brunch,  Cocktails,  Recipes

    Coconut Sunrise Cocktail

    Beautiful layered cocktail of light orange to dark red in a tall glass with crushed ice. Red and white striped straws are scattered in the foreground with a dish of peanuts.

    Coconut Sunrise is a sweet and refreshing cocktail. Lightly alcoholic, it’s perfect for sipping on hot summer days and makes any brunch extra special.

    Beautiful layered cocktail of light orange to dark red in a tall glass with crushed ice. Red and white striped straws are scattered in the foreground with a dish of peanuts.

    Are you ready for something new to sip on this summer?  My Coconut Sunrise will surprise you with every sip.

    I love layered cocktails like the Lava Flow and stacked drinks like the B-52.  So, I thought I would create my own lightly boozy drink that would have definite layers.  You might think making these types of drinks is hard, but I promise you it is not hard at all. 

  • Cakes,  Desserts & Sweets,  Recipes

    Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Cake

    Portrait view of Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Cake Sliced and Dusted with Powdered Sugar.

    Looking for a cake that doesn’t need frosting? Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Cake is sweet but not too sweet. This delicious cake has soft herbal notes from rosemary paired with orange-like Meyer lemons that will remind you of long, wonderful summer days.

    Portrait view of Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Cake Sliced and Dusted with Powdered Sugar.

    There are those cakes you make for major celebrations.  You know the ones I mean?  Covered in decadent frosting or filled with ganache and custard fillings, they are so beautiful and so sinfully delicious.

    But sometimes you want a piece of cake, and just cake, as a mid-day treat or to top off a wonderful day and you don’t need a major showstopper.  You want simple.  You want sweet, buttery cake.

  • Condiments,  Recipes

    Quick Pickled Cucumber with Lemon

    Do you love pickles, but hate to wait? Quick Pickled Cucumber with Lemon is that special condiment for your next barbeque or bowl.  These Asian style pickles with lemon are ready in less than 20 minutes!

    Quick Pickled Cucumber with Lemon are piled on a white dish.

    Years ago, I was very lucky to learn a little bit of Asian cooking from a lovely Japanese woman, who was masterful at putting a dinner together that hit every taste you would want in your meal.  To balance the salt and savory components on the plate, her meals always included some sort of tsukemono, a preserved, pickled vegetable.