Garlic Smashed Potatoes

These are so easy and so delicious. It is a wonderful alternative to baked potatoes or mashed potatoes. They are almost like the best parts of a potato skin appetizer. Add bacon, chives or sour cream for a divine app! INGREDIENTS: 1 dozen yellow baby potatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, pressed 1…

Spanish Rice

One of the things I miss about tomatoes is Spanish rice.  I love it with a taco, alone or on a flip flop.   I also love Paella (a Spanish rice).  So here is my tomatoless version.  It is perfect as a mexican side or as a base for a beautiful paella. INGREDIENTS: 1 cup or…

Scratch Refried Beans

I can hear you now, who in the world makes refried beans?  Just open the can, right?  When you have food allergies, cross contamination is everywhere.  Canned beans always have so much salt and nightshdes.  I make this in my trusty pressure cooker and they cook up in a flash! This is also an excellent…

Delicious Kale Salad

We are often so unimaginative with salad.  It doesn’t have to be anemic iceberg  and cherry tomatoes.  A salad can be a divine layering of flavors and textures.  Here is a favorite in our house. Four ingredients with a 5 minute, vinaigrette dressing. INGREDIENTS: 1 bunch of kale or winter kale,  chopped 1 cup of…

Watermelon Feta Salad

Happy National Watermelon Day!  I thought I would pay tribute to this summer staple.  This is so simple it is barely a recipe.  3 Just ingredients will rock your Labor Day Weekend or any weekend! INGREDIENTS: 8 cups of watermelon, cubed 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled INSTRUCTIONS: Combine and serve