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Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad, by Sandra Yvonne Duke You can vary this recipe in many ways for different flavors, and different purposes. I suggest playing with different amounts and kinds of vegetables. I use Simply Organic salad dressing mix because it has no MSG! Dressing1 package garlic vinaigrette (or Italian) dressing mix4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar¼ cup water1/3 […]

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Bacon “Wrapped” Shrimp

Bacon “Wrapped” Shrimp, by Sandra Yvonne Duke This was inspired by a dish served at Viva Vallarta, in Canon City, Colorado. Theirs is different in a few ways and, as in most restaurants, to me the portion size is just a tease. They actually wrap their shrimp with the bacon. I don’t. That takes a […]

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A Different Broccoli Mac & Cheese

A Different Broccoli Mac & Cheese, by Sandra Yvonne Duke Normally, I like to make everything from scratch, including my sauces, but sometimes there’s just not time. This cheater recipe comes out almost as good as homemade, and is much, much easier. It uses a pre-made sauce, Alfredo or other white cheese. 1 cup dry […]

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Deep Fry Fetish

Many of you already know how much I love my deep fryer. Well, I have discovered a whole new joy in deep frying – tortilla chips! It’s too easy! Just cut corn tortillas into quarters and throw them in the deep fryer for about one minute. Drop them in a papertowel lined bowl and salt […]

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Peach and Spinach Salad

Peach and Spinach Salad, by Sandra Yvonne DukeFresh spinachPeach slicesGreen onionsFeta cheeseRaspberry vinaigrette place in each serving bowl:2 to 3 handfuls fresh spinach leaves6 to 8 peach slices1 green onion, sliced1 to 2 tablespoons feta cheese (crubled or cubed) Serve with your favorite raspberry vinaigrette. Peaches can be fresh or preserved. I have found that […]

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Questions From Readers

Today a reader asked if I take questions on food and/or gardening. The answer is Yes! Please, send me your questions! I may not have all the answers, but I will gladly post your questions so that other readers can comment and provide feedback! So, here is Mattie’s question: I am planning to spray compost […]

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Recipe: Lemon & Pepper Chicken

Here is a recipe to get you started. This was in the premier issue of the newsletter back in August, 2004. The original version suggested covering with aluminum foil. I no longer reccomend the use of aliminum for any purpose!!! Recipe: Lemon & Pepper Chicken, by Sandra Yvonne Duke Boneless skinless chicken breastButterBlack pepper (fresh […]