I love spending time in the out of doors doing activities such as hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, and more.  Who doesn't get hungry with all that fresh air?  Here are family favorite recipes we enjoy.  They are all simple to make, use basic ingredients, and are delicious.  I don't like to spend a lot of time cooking, and less cleaning up.  Try some of my recipes and see if they don't become some of your family's favorites.  I have included all kinds of favorites from homemade spice mixes to fruits.  None of them are complicated.  I don't have time for that.  These are all recipes that simplify my life using simple pantry foods.



The word Braaivleis comes from South Africa, meaning to grill or roast meat.  Braai salt seasoning mix can be stirred together with spices and seasonings you have on hand.  Try this easy recipe for Braai salt seasoning rub mix for a South African flavor on a variety of meats at your next cook out or barbecue.

Braai Salt Seasoning Rub Recipe
Mix equal parts :

dry mustard
garlic powder
black pepper
Add a pinch of cayenne pepper if you like foods spicy. 


 Wondering how to Braai or grill with wood, charcoal or briquettes?  Light your braai or barbecue fuel.  For charcoal briquettes, wait until the flames have died down and a fine layer of gray ash has formed on them. Your fire is ready to braai.  How to tell if your fire is the right temperature?  Hold an open hand, palm down an inch or two (2 to 4 cm) above the grill, it should become uncomfortably hot within 5 to 8 seconds.  Use very hot coals for the first few minutes of the braai, temperatures above 150°C (302°F) for this to work best.  This will sear the meat, and seal in the flavors.


 Salmon is a healthy meal choice that is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Frozen salmon is easy to cook, and can be prepared numerous ways.  An easy recipe my family loves, is to defrost frozen salmon in a simple Whiskey Garlic marinade before cooking.  Remove your frozen salmon to a fresh zipper seal bag, and marinate it while it thaws.  This method brings out the full flavor of salmon, and may revive freezer burned salmon or fish.  

Easy Frozen Salmon with Whisky Garlic Marinade

Place frozen salmon in a heavy duty ziploc bag.  Add

2 Tablespoons whiskey

2 Tablespoons olive oil  

1 Tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Thaw salmon overnight in refrigerator.  The salmon freezer meal will become tender and moist. Grill, fry, or bake your whiskey marinated salmon 3 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your fish.  Never overcook salmon, and never waste a good piece of salmon!  Whisky garlic marinade recipe is a great way to make frozen or freezer burned salmon.


 Few plants are as beautiful as fiddleheads, the shoots of various species of fern. Foraging wild edibles carefully, fiddlehead ferns are sustainable, too. The type of fiddlehead most commonly found in Alaska are bright green, with tightly coiled heads delicately curled like a scroll with bits of brown still clinging to them.

Fiddlehead ferns can be found in the forest and woods, never eat them raw.  Clean them well, remove all brown bits, until they are clean and green.  First, boil to soften, then brown in olive oil and garlic. Fiddlehead ferns are great topped with lemon, vinegar, in salads, on crostini, served hot or cold, and may be used in recipes that call for asparagus.  A fern produces five to nine fronds per growing season, so harvest no more than three, or you can jeopardize the plant's survival.  Foraging food recipes are great to add to your skills.


How to Cook Frozen or Freezer Burned Halibut?  Place frozen halibut in a Ziploc bag with a few tablespoons of a peach fruit salsa.  Look for peach pineapple or peach mango salsa.  Halibut is a delicate white fish, and easy to cook with the skin on. Thaw halibut in the salsa marinade in the refrigerator.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes skin side down. The skin  protects the fish, and slides off after baking.  Don't overcook halibut, it is done when the fish is white and flaky.  Try this easy recipe for halibut that may revive frozen or freezer burned halibut.  Never waste halibut, or any other fish.   


Check your food stockpile for ground turkey, canned corn, beans, jalapeno tomatoes, taco seasoning, and frozen Potatoes O'Brien.  These simple ingredients make a delicious chili from your pantry and freezer.  Clean out the pantry and use up foods you have to make delicious, quick, easy meals for your family.  

Turkey Potato Chili Pantry Clean Out Recipe
1 pound ground turkey
olive oil
2 cans jalapeno style diced tomatoes
1 can corn
1 can black beans
2 cups frozen Potatoes O'Brien
2 Tablespoons taco seasoning mix

Over a high heat, brown turkey in olive oil.  After turkey is cooked, add remaining ingredients, stir, and bring to boil, turn down the heat, allow it to simmer for 30 to 60 minutes.  Serve with grated cheese and tortilla chips.

Ready in 30 minutes from simple pantry foods, this recipe for turkey potato chili is fast, filling, and easy on the budget.  

Use foods you have before you buy more.  For meal ideas when there's nothing to eat, make a pantry clean out meal. 




For meals when there's nothing to eat, look in your cupboards for a pantry clean out recipe.  Prepping for emergencies means stockpiling a Prepper Pantry with canned and dry foods.  Here is an easy recipe for Meatball Soup using canned foods from your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator.  Pantry clean out recipes are 

Meatball Soup Pantry Clean Out Recipe
4 cups chicken broth or stock
2 cans spicy diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups dry pasta noodles
1 pound frozen meatballs
4 cups fresh spinach
variations- add 1 can green beans, or kidney beans
In a large pot, add broth and tomatoes, bring to a boil.  Add pasta and meatballs, bring back to boil, turn to simmer for 20 minutes.  Add spinach simmer for a minute or two, just until the spinach is wilted.  Serve with topping of grated Parmesan cheese.

We all need to stockpile food for emergencies and an uncertain future.  Store the foods you eat, and rotate your stored foods with simple pantry friendly, pantry clean out recipes.  Canned foods should be eaten by the sell by or best by date, but can last longer.  Canned foods stored past the expiration date can bulge or taste bad.  Is canned food safe to eat?  Never eat foods from bloated exploding spurting cans or foods that seem off.  Find easy recipes to use the foods in your pantry so you are able to make meals in emergency situations, and make sure your family always has enough to eat.  Tips to stop wasting food?  Begin with eating stored and pantry foods you have on hand.  



For meals when there's nothing to eat, look in your cupboards for a pantry clean out recipe.  Prepping for emergencies means stockpiling a Prepper Pantry with canned and dry foods. Here is an easy recipe for Ravioli Minestrone using canned foods from your pantry.  Pantry clean out recipes are fast, filling, easy, delicious.


1 can Minestrone Soup

1 can Ravioli, try the mini ravioli

Stir soup and ravioli together in a pot, cover, and heat through.  Fast, filling, and cheap meals are easy with pantry clean out recipes.

We all need to stockpile food for emergencies and an uncertain future.  Store the foods you eat, and rotate your stored foods with simple pantry friendly, pantry clean out recipes.

Canned foods should be eaten by the sell by or best by date, but can last longer.  Foods stored past the expiration date can bulge or taste bad.  Is canned food safe to eat?  Never eat foods from bloated exploding spurting cans or foods that seem off.  

Find easy recipes to use the foods in your pantry so you are able to make meals in emergency situations, and make sure your family always has enough to eat.  



Chicken Enchilada Nacho Bowls are a delicious, fast, and filling meal.  Open cans of enchilada sauce, tomatoes with green chilies, black beans, and corn.  

Add 2 cups of shredded chicken, try adding rotisserie chicken, and serve over crisp tortilla chips, top with shredded cheese.

 Avocado, olives, green onion, fresh tomatoes, cilantro, cheese or sour cream can be added as toppings.  

Chicken Enchilada Nacho Bowl is a simple, satisfying meal that is easy to prepare.  Make the filling ahead, and heat it up at camp for easy camp cooking.  




Fiesta Vegetable Soup is simple to make with this easy recipe.  Fiesta Vegetable Soup recipe comes from the Alaska Homestead Days of my family, where meals needed to be from simple, pantry ingredients.  

Fiesta Vegetable Soup Recipe

Fill a pot with

2 cans of diced Mexican style tomatoes with chilies  

1 can of whole kernel corn 

1 can of beans, black, pinto, or kidney 

 1 teaspoon of cumin 

Heat thoroughly, and serve.

Ladle into bowls, top with grated cheese such as Monterrey Jack, serve with tortilla chips.  My family has been making this simple, inexpensive, and nutritious soup for years.  We love it.  

With a few simple ingredients found in your pantry, meals can be ready in a hurry. Stockpile basic ingredients for easy meals you can make quickly for your family.  

Homestead recipes help you live more frugally, healthfully, and independently, regardless of where you call home.  This is a Vegan soup recipe.


Fresh lemons are always a treat.   How can you make fresh lemons last longer?  Lemons stored on the counter last about a week.  Lemons stored in the refrigerator last about 2 weeks.

 I tested storing lemons in water in the refrigerator for a few weeks to see if storing lemons in water makes them last longer.  My lemons smelled like water!  

Squeezing fresh lemon juice and freezing it seems to be the way to make lemon juice last longer and maintain a full robust lemon flavor.

A simple electric juicer makes quick work of a pile of fresh lemons, oranges, grapefruits, and all citrus fruits.  I enjoy the simplicity of my electric juicer.  

Squeeze juices right into a serving container, and the parts go straight into the dishwasher.  



Broccoli Rabe is a vegetable you might fall in love with. Easy to cook, broccoli rabe has beautiful color, wonderful deep greens, complex flavors, sweet, spicy, and a touch of bitterness. Broccoli rabe, cabbage and kale, are very healthy.  Broccoli rabe is wonderful on its own or accompanying other dishes such as sausages, pastas, and grilled bread.


I like to have a good quality colander to drain pastas, vegetables, and even bone broth.  Choose a colander that is large and sturdy, able to go in the dishwasher for ease of cleaning.  

It needs small enough holes that noodles won't fall through.  Choose a colander with all mesh so it won't clog while you are draining foods.  

Make sure your colander has a sturdy base so your freshly drained foods won't spill.



The Presto PopLite Hot Air Popcorn Popper pops regular or gourmet popcorn with hot air, not oil, for a healthy, low-calorie snack.   The Presto Hot Air Popcorn Popper is faster, healthier, and more economical than microwave bag popcorn, it pops popcorn in about 2 minutes with virtually no unpopped kernels.

The top or chute directs popcorn right into your bowl.  The base and cover simply wipe clean.  

No parts of the Poplite hot air popper can go into the dishwasher, so I do not use the top cup to melt butter.  

There is no on off switch on the Poplite popcorn popper.  Plug and unplug the cord to start and stop your popper.





Why choose wild caught salmon instead of farm raised salmon?  When you are shopping for fresh salmon, read the label carefully to determine the source of your fish.  Wild salmon eat things in the sea.  Farm raised salmon are fed soy based foods.  We don't know what farm raised salmon are fed in some countries before they are imported to the American market. Agriculture standards may not exist or be enforced in certain areas of the world. 

Wild salmon is filled with the highest quality protein and is high in Omega 3.  Farm raised salmon has more Omega 6.  Omega-3 fatty acids, including -- EPA and DHA -- are primarily found in fish.  Your body need these fatty acids to function, but also they deliver some big health benefits.  Omega-3 can fight inflammation, reduce your risks to heart disease, enhance brain development, and help boost you from depression.

Read labels carefully when you choose salmon, and make sure to buy the best, most healthful salmon you can find.


5 Ingredient Chili is easy, fast and delicious.  Ready in 30 minutes on the stove top or longer in a Crock Pot. Start with basic ingredients.  Brown ground beef, saute onion, add canned tomatoes, canned beans, chili powder, and cumin if you like.  Simmer 10 minutes, and serve with cheese and corn chips for a delicious, fast, and easy meal.

This one-pot chili recipe cooks up quickly from five pantry ingredients.  Make this yummy 5 Ingredient Chili for game day or any cold winter meal. 

1 pound ground beef

1 chopped onion

2 cans fire roasted or spicy tomatoes

2 can beans of your choice, I use red and black

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, optional



If you are planning on serving a turkey for your Thanksgiving dinner or other meal, plan several days ahead to allow the turkey to thaw.  Turkey needs to thaw in the refrigerator in the original wrapper.  

Place the turkey on a rack in a pan to catch any dripping juices.

 A turkey takes several days to defrost or thaw.   Allow 24 hours per 4-5 pounds.  A 20 pound turkey may take 5 days.  

Your turkey should be thawed 1 day ahead of cooking it, and a thawed turkey can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 days after defrosting.




The flavors and creamy texture of pumpkin with chili is a real taste treat.  It doesn't have to be fall to add pumpkin to your chili recipe.  Simply add a can of pumpkin along with the standard chili ingredients.  This recipe is simple and can be made in a crock pot or stove top.  A can of pumpkin, a can of black beans, a can of spicy diced tomatoes, freshly ground beef, onion, green pepper, and a few spices make this pumpkin chili a creamy delicious meal all year round.


Mix your own Adobo seasoning mix to add to my recipe for Pumpkin Chili or as a new flavor to your family favorites.  Adobo is a mixture of 7 basic spices you can mix yourself for a flavor found in Puerto Rico, Latin America, and a variation is found in the Philippines.  Adobo is a simple recipe to mix your own and add to your favorite recipes.  

Stir together

1/4 cup paprika

3 T Pepper

2 T Onion Powder 

2 T Oregano

2 T Cumin

1 T Chili Powder 

1 T Garlic Powder


Did you know you can make your own brown sugar?  If you have granulated sugar, you can use it to make brown sugar.  We are advised to store 50 pounds of sugar per person for emergency preparedness, and knowing how to turn your basic sugar into brown sugar helps simplify your food storage needs and plans.  Try this simple method in your blender or food processor to turn white sugar into brown sugar whether you need a cup for a recipe, or for emergency situations.  Mix white sugar with molasses in your blender, and you have brown sugar.  Now you can use the brown sugar or store it.


If you like the flavors of chili and lime, you will love this chili lime rub recipe for grilled chicken.  Stir together spices you have in your pantry, add a fresh lime, and marinate chicken breasts for 30 minutes to overnight.  Bring the chicken to room temperature, and place on a hot grill, turning to cook evenly.  This chili lime rub for chicken recipe is easy, delicious, and spicy!  Stir together olive oil, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and brown sugar, along with salt and pepper.  Toss the chicken in a ziploc bag with the chili lime rub for easy clean up.  Use less cayenne pepper if you don't like spicy foods.  The nice thing about mixing your own seasoning combinations and rubs is you can mix them to suit your tastes.


If you have the opportunity to try fresh pheasant eggs, here is an easy yet delicious recipe for delicately fried pheasant eggs.  Pheasant eggs   have a larger yolk to white ratio per egg than a chicken egg, and a thicker, darker shell.  Pheasant eggs are delicious and nutritious, and a treat to eat.  Pheasant eggs can be cooked just like chicken eggs, but remember they are smaller.  Try cooking fresh pheasant eggs for your family for a creamier, thicker egg taste.


Look at a side by side comparison of pheasant and chicken eggs.  Compare the size, shell, insides, and how to cook a pheasant and chicken egg for a side by side taste test of a delicious soft, delicate, fried egg.  Chicken eggs are larger, and have more of the albumen or white compared to the yolk than a pheasant egg.  Pheasant eggs are smaller than chicken eggs, but have a surprisingly large yolk.  Pheasant yolk is thicker and creamier than chicken yolk.  Pheasant eggs have 120 calories, 6 grams of protein, 11 grams of fat.  Chicken eggs have 80 calories, 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat.  Surprisingly similar in flavor, try pheasant eggs for a delicious treat should you have the opportunity.


Salmon with Maple Mustard Rub  If you love salmon, here is a delicious, flavorful way to prepare it while keeping your fish moist.  Simply stir together the flavors of maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and paprika for a tangy yet sweet flavor with fresh, healthful salmon.  Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 12 minutes until your fish is opaque in the center and flakes with a fork.  Salmon with maple mustard rub is easy, healthy, and delicious.

I like to bake in glass dishes for easy clean up and food storage.  A quick spray of baking spray like Pam and food slides right out of a glass baking dish.  Snap on covers make storage of leftovers quick and easy.  Foods can go straight into the oven or microwave in a glass dish.  Meals can be served right at the table with a glass dish.  Clean up is easy, load them in the dishwasher.  Glass bakeware from Pyrex is easy to use and care for, which makes cooking more fun.


Whether you want to lose weight fast or find a way to enjoy drinking more water, try Sassy Water. Sassy Water is water that has been enhanced with fresh cucumber, lemon, ginger, mint, and is part of the Flat Belly Diet.  Kick start your weight loss on the Flat Belly Diet with a large pitcher full of Sassy Water.  Here are easy directions for how to make sassy water, how and when to drink your sassy water to lose weight.  

To a large pitcher of 8 cups of water, add

1 cucumber, peeled and slice

1 sliced lemon, thinly sliced

12 mint leaves

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Place all in the refrigerator overnight.

Sassy Water was invented by Cynthia Sass of Prevention Magazine.  Make a large pitcher full of Sassy Water each night, and drink the Sassy Water throughout the following day.  Sassy Water removes toxins from the body, eliminates bloating and constipation.  It is easy to make Sassy Water for quick weight loss or simply to keep your body hydrated.  Sassy Water tastes refreshing and helps you lose weight fast.  The Sassy Water Diet Works!


If you are trying the Flat Belly Diet, the Sassy Water Diet, or trying to make sure to drink more water to stay hydrated, adding a bit of fruit and herbs to enhance the flavor of plain water can be a tasty way to eliminate toxins from your body, eliminate bloating, and prevent constipation.  We all need to drink water, and should have 8 cups per day.  Try one of these recipes to make a pitcher of Sassy Water or Flavored Water each night, allow it to blend in the refrigerator overnight, and drink that pitcher of Sassy Water or Enhanced Water the next day.   You will love these Weight Loss Water Recipes that really help you lose weight fast.


Chili Roasted Cod Fish is a quick and easy way to prepare fresh cod in a foil packet on your grill, campfire, or baked in the oven.  Place cod fish pieces skin side down on foil, top with seasonings, lemon juice and butter, fold your foil packet, and set it on the grill, next to your coals, or into the oven for 5 to 7 minutes.  This recipe for Chili Roasted Cod makes a nice sauce that is delicious over pasta, rice, or couscous.  Try this easy delicious recipe for fish cooked in foil.  You know your fish is done when it is flaky, opaque, and tender.


If you love the flavors of honey and lemon, try a Bee's Knees Cocktail made with gin.  The Bee's Knees Cocktail comes from the era of Prohibition when Bee's Knees meant the best!  This gin cocktail is easy to make, and delicious.  I love my Bee's Knees with Bristol Bay gin from Alaska Distillery.


Are you wondering how to use honey in cocktails?  Make a simple syrup with honey instead of sugar.  All you need to make your own honey syrup are equal parts honey and water.  Mix and use like simple syrup to add a sweet goodness of honey flavor to your cocktails.  Never cook honey, as heat destroys the nutritional benefits in honey.


Rib Eye Steak grilled with a dried mushroom rub is easy, delicious, and cooked to perfection.  Beef Ribeye or Rib Eye has just the right amount of marbling to give you a juicy and flavorful steak that will melt in your mouth.  A well prepared rib eye steak will delight your friends and family.  Try this easy mushroom rub combining dried mushrooms, salt, pepper, and olive oil for the tastiest rib eye steak ever.  Rub the meat, allow it to marinate 8 to 24 hours, bring it to room temperature, and grill, and basted with a butter rub.  If you have wondered how to cook a steak, this is the best rib eye steak recipe ever.  Some call it Tagliani style.


Here is an easy Cranberry Jello Salad recipe made with raspberry jello, whole cranberry sauce, and crushed pineapple.  This Cranberry Jello Salad recipe includes a delicious and creamy topping made with sour cream, cream cheese, and sugar.  Top the jello salad with chopped walnuts or pecans.  This Cranberry Jello Salad is a holiday favorite and simple to fix for any potluck.  You will love this family and crowd pleaser.


Quinoa Curry Casserole is packed with vegetables and flavor.  Quinoa is loaded with protein, which makes this meal pack a nutritional punch for meeting all of your healthy eating requirements.  Get on track with healthier eating without food boredom with the flavors of this easy Quinoa Curry Casserole.  Quinoa is a delicious, nutritious, superfood with a sweet nutty flavor and delicate texture that is easy to cook.


Paris in Springtime?  Even if you can't go, try this fruit filled vodka cocktail called a Paris Escape.  In a shaker bottle, add ice, fresh raspberries, pineapple juice, and vodka.  Shake to blend the ingredients and muddle the raspberries in your Paris Escape Cocktail.  Strain, serve with a raspberry lemon twist skewer.  Enjoy your Paris Escape Cocktail.  Paris Escape may become your signature cocktail.  Remember to drink alcohol responsibly!


Chocolate covered strawberries are a delicious treat that anyone can make in just a minute.  Chocolate covered strawberries are so simple to make and yummy to eat and savor.  The recipe is simple.  Melt chocolate chips in a measuring cup in the microwave just until nearly all are melted.  Stir to smooth the chocolate, and dip in your rinsed and dried berries.  Place your chocolate covered strawberries on a muffin cup liner, and allow to cool.  Your chocolate covered strawberries are ready to enjoy.  Making chocolate covered strawberries is so simple and easy, yet elegant and delicious.


Cornish games hens are wonderful for grilling.  They are quick and easy, delicious for a light meal or mid course for a dinner party.  Always elegant, Cornish game hens are a real treat from the grill.  Follow my simple directions to remove the backbone, and butterfly the game hens to lay them flat.  Mix a quick marinade, set aside for an hour up to overnight.  Grill a few minutes breast side down, then longer on the cavity side.  Grilled Cornish game hens are juicy, tender, smoky, and delicious.


Make an easy blender lemon pie by tossing a whole lemon into a blender, mix with a few basic ingredients, pour into a pie shell, and bake.  You will not believe how simple yet delicious this lemon pie tastes.  Sometimes called Arizona Sunshine Lemon Pie, load your blender and bake this yummy pie for dessert.  The filling is like lemon custard.


If you have lots of fresh lemons, here are tips to making the fresh lemon juice last.  Squeeze all the juice from your fresh lemons.  Lemons should be room temperature, and roll them on the counter to get the most juice, all of the juice from your lemon.  

Pour the fresh juice into ice cube trays, and you have tablespoons of fresh lemon juice all year round for recipes, natural cleaning solutions, or fresh lemon water.  


Try these tips to get the most juice from all of your  fresh citrus fruits.  It works with lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines.

 Electric juicers are inexpensive, and easily get all the delicious juice from your fresh citrus fruits.  This juicer by Black and Decker also allows you to strain as much or as little of the pulp as you choose.  

Toss it right into the dishwasher for easy clean up.  I have had mine for years, and I like how easy and handy this is to get all the fresh juice from my lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits.  


Plug in your crock pot, this recipe for lemon chicken is so simple, you will make it again and again.  A whole chicken plus only 4 ingredients makes the most flavorful, tender chicken.  Stuff your chicken with a fresh lemon, garlic, rosemary sprigs, and butter.  Set your crockpot on high, and Lemon Chicken will be done in 4 hours.  Use a Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner for easy clean up.  Make this, it is one of the easiest chicken recipes ever!  Learn how to tell when chicken is done.  Chicken juices should run clear and meat should fall off the bone.  


Do you love the flavors of garlic, cream cheese, and chicken broth?  Add a few spices, and you can have a big pot of freshly made soup in just a few minutes.  This recipe can be cooked on the stove top, or on the barbecue, like I did in case it is too hot to cook inside, or the power is out.  When cooking on the grill, use a big steel or cast iron pot.  We should all learn how to cook outdoors because it is fun, and is an important skill to have in emergency situations.  Try this soup recipe, served with a plate of fresh veggies, salad, or crusty bread.


Heat up your barbecue, campfire, or oven.  Foil Packets of bacon and eggs with potatoes are a delicious and easy way to start any day.  Spray foil, add bacon, a nest of potatoes, and crack an egg in the center.  Fold your bacon and egg foil packet and place on the grill, into the campfire, or in the oven for 15 minutes and breakfast is served with no clean up.  Try foil packet cooking on your grill, campfire or oven for fun individual meals that can be personalized to suit your tastes.


If you like Mimosa, which is champagne and orange juice, you may want to try the Bro-Mosa.  Bromosa is a citrus beer cocktail made with beer and orange juice with a shot of vodka.  Try Balast Point Grapefruit Sculpin for citrusy hops flavor, or a Hefeweizen or Wheat beer of your choice.   Bromosa is a refreshing twist to just having a beer, more manly to some than a Mimosa.  The recipe for Bromosa is easy, and in no time your Bromosa beer cocktail is ready to enjoy.

The tart freshness of a citrus beer cocktail of Bromosa will make any game day, brunch, or gathering extra tasty.  Follow the simple directions to make a Bromosa.

1 Citrus Beer

1 shot vodka

1/2 cup orange juice

 Pour slowly together in a tall glass.  Enjoy!


Have you been stuck serving the same appetizers or side dishes for your family or at parties?

Well... I finally learned to stop believing my friends when they said it was "OK" to bring the same old dishes to our parties... only to see mine stacked right along other boring dishes,cold at the end of the party...

I decided it was time to surprise my friends and learn something new, and I discovered a great new recipe that my friends and family absolutely love.

And here's the thing, it's DEAD SIMPLE...

Literally, just 7 basic ingredients and less than 5 minutes...it couldn't be easier, and your friends and family will go crazy over it.  

Broccoli Rabe Crostini is one of the easiest, most delicious, healthy, appetizers or sides.  Everyone loves it.  I highly recommend giving this 5 minute recipe a try next time you're heading to a party or pot luck... here's all you have to do.

 1. Grab

1/2 lb broccoli rabe

4 cloves garlic

4 tablespoons olive oil

4 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

a loaf of Italian bread

salt and pepper 

 2. Wash and trim 1/2 pound broccoli rabe
 3. Drop broccoli in boiling salted water for 3 minutes
 4. Once the broccoli is fork tender, submerge in ice water to immediately stop the cooking, and drain
 5. Chop broccoli rabe into 1/2 inch pieces
 6. Toss into a mixing bowl and combine with 4 cloves garlic, 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 4 tbsp red wine vinegar, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, and a pinch of salt and pepper
 7. Grill or toast 1/2 inch thick slices of rustic Italian bread
 8. Place a scoop of the broccoli rabe mixture on each piece of grilled bread and a few shavings of Parmagiano Reggiano cheese
 9. Enjoy! :)

Stop just settling for the same old sides, and better yet, delight your friends and family by bringing something new to the table that's sure to be a crowd favorite. This Broccoli Rabe Crostini has done it for me every time... people are literally begging me for this recipe!

Give this recipe a try and let me know how it turns out.


P.S. have you joined the conversation on my YouTube channel?  I'm always trying out new recipes and would love to know what you think.  Check it out here: I'd love to hear from you.


If you are looking for an easy yet delicious appetizer or small meal, try roasted beet crostini.  This traditional Italian Bruschetta recipe served with grilled bread will amaze you and your family with how delicious and easy it is.  Prepare your beets ahead, and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to load your freshly grilled bread and top with freshly grated  Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.  Enjoy roasted beet crostini with your family and friends.

3 fresh beets, washed 

2 Tablespoons freshly chopped chives 

3/4 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 Tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

loaf of Italian bread

Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Slice off top and bottom of beets.  Wrap beets individually in foil.  Leave a little space for the air to expand.  Place foil wrapped beets on a baking pan, and roast at 400 degrees for 45 - 60 minutes, until fork tender.  Allow beets to cool, and cut into cubes.  Place beets in a bowl, add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chives, salt and pepper.  Stir together, place in refrigerator 1 hour to overnight.

loaf of Italian bread, sliced

2 Tablespoons melted butter

2 Tablespoons olive oil 

salt and pepper to taste

Parmagiana Reggiano cheese

Stir together butter, olive oil, salt, pepper.  Brush onto bread slices.  Grill 2-3 minutes per side.  Take a piece of grilled bread, top with beet mixture.  Grate Paragiana Reggiano cheese over the top.  Serve.  


If you love the flavor of quinoa, you will love this easy recipe for a breakfast casserole with the flavors of apples, cinnamon, honey, and vanilla.  Quinoa Apple Breakfast Bake can be baked ahead, and is even better heated up later!  Make Quinoa Apple Breakfast Bake when you have time, and heat it quickly for a nutritious hot breakfast.

Stir the casserole ingredients in a large bowl:

2/3 water

1/4 c quinoa

2 Tablespoons honey

 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Now add

3 cups chopped, unpeeled apples about 5 apples

Pour mixture into a greased 8 inch square dish.  Bake 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Stir together to make a topping:

3 Tablespoons melted butter

1/2 cup Oatmeal

3 Tablespoons brown sugar

After 40 minutes, remove casserole from oven, spread topping mixture over hot casserole and return to the oven for 10 minutes until golden brown.  Cool 5 - 10 minutes.  Enjoy!


Do you love the taste of fresh pineapple?  Shopping for a delicious fresh pineapple can be a challenge.  They all look good, but which one should you choose?  How do you know if a pineapple is ripe, and which one to choose?  Here is quick tip on how to tell if a pineapple is ripe, and how to choose a fresh pineapple.  Also, tips on slicing your pineapple so it is the best tasting and the juices are evenly distributed.  Fresh pineapple is a real treat if you know how to choose one that is ripe.

Easy Caribbean Chicken and Rice On The Grill

If you love the flavors of the Caribbean, of chicken and rice, heat up your Dutch oven for a simple, delicious meal you can cook right on your barbecue or stove top.  Basically, toss in chicken, vegetables, broth, rice, and a few spices.  Put on the cover, and dinner is served in about 30 minutes.  This recipe for Caribbean Chicken and Rice is easy, filling, and delicious.

Heat up your Dutch oven or large skillet, add olive oil to the bottom.  Into the pan add
1 pound cut up boneless chicken pieces
1 chopped red pepper
3 stalks diced celery
1 chopped onion
Cook and stir until chicken is browned and veggies are softened, 3-5 minutes.  Stir in
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup rice
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 can black eyed peas, undrained
Put on the lid, allow to simmer for 20 - 30 minutes until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.   Serve, and enjoy easy Caribbean Chicken with rice and black eyed peas.

Seal A Bread Bag With Just The Bag

Have you ever tried to close or seal a bread bag, and the twist tie or plastic tab is missing?  You won't need a twistie or tab to close your loaf of bread ever again with this quick tip.  Simply press out the air, twirl the plastic bag, and fold the top of the bread bag over the loaf of bread for the easiest seal of all.  The bread bag will stay sealed until you open it again.  Try sealing your loaf of bread with a twist and fold the next time you take out a slice.  Your bread will stay sealed to keep it fresh longer.  No more stale bread from lost bag closures.


Do you enjoy the unique flavors of fresh ginger, but you are not sure how to use it?  If you buy fresh ginger, peel it with a spoon edge, if you need to.  Hold the spoon firmly when peeling ginger, and it is ready to be sliced thinly.  

Ginger is easy to dice, mince, and grate for the spicy zing fresh ginger can add to your recipes.  A microplane or small grater works the best for the smallest pieces of this fragrant root.  Ginger can be frozen first for easier grating.  Add the unique flavors of fresh ginger to your meals with minimal prep using these tips.


Do you want to cook a turkey, and are unsure how to prepare your turkey for roasting?  First clean and prepare your turkey before you stuff, salt, oil, or roast it.  Remove the wrapper, pull out any gravy packets, neck, liver, heart, giblets, things packaged inside the cavity of your turkey.  Rinse and remove remaining feathers.  Set your turkey on a clean surface and pat it dry.  Now the turkey is ready to season, stuff, and roast as you wish.  Clean all work areas  completely before preparing any other foods.


Make the best breakfast burrito in a few easy steps.  Breakfast is the most important meal.  Fuel your body with a healthy, fast, delicious burrito cooked in just a few minutes with a combination of tortilla, eggs, beans, and bacon.  Allow each person to top their burrito with a selection of fresh salsas, avocado, sour cream, lime, and more.  A breakfast burrito is a healthy and filling way to start your day.  Breakfast burritos are great for any meal.  Don't let the name fool you.  Whip up a burrito for lunch or dinner.  Adjust the ingredients to suit your tastes.


Have you seen dragon fruit in your grocery store?  Dragon fruit comes from places like Vietnam, the Philippines, and Thailand.  They are an interesting looking fruit with a delicious tasting flavor.  Here are simple directions for how to cut and serve the exotic dragon fruit.  Buy dragon fruit if you see it in your produce department for a special and delicious treat.  While expensive, they are unique, rare, and tasty.

Bacon and Eggs On The Grill Or Oven

Spray an old muffin tin, add strips of bacon, crack eggs, and place in the preheated grill or oven.   Line the muffin cups with ham if you choose.  Depending on how you like your eggs, they are done in about 10 minutes.  Bacon cups with eggs makes a delicious, easy breakfast with little clean up.  Cook a few, or the entire pan for a crowd.  Fill empty muffin cups with hashed browns for a tasty addition to breakfast. 


If you are baking eggs in muffin tins on the grill or camp oven, use an old one that does not have a nonstick finish.  

If not, get a heavy duty aluminum pan so the campfires and grills do not melt nonstick finishes into your foods.  Outdoor cooking is a lot of fun, but requires different types of cookware than in the kitchen. 


Easy Huevos Rancheros

If you love foods from the Southwest and the flavors of salsa, pinto beans, and eggs, you will love this easy recipe for Huevos Rancheros.  It has 3 basic ingredients: canned pinto beans, salsa, and eggs.  This cooks fast, and is delicious served with tortillas and cheese, over rice, or in a bowl by itself.  Spice it up to suit your tastes.  Try this simple Huevos Rancheros from foods you probably have in your pantry and refrigerator.  Huevos Rancheros are great to serve for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.  It is an all around delicious, fast, and easy recipe.

Rubbermaid Pull Down Spice Rack

The Rubbermaid Pull Down Spice Rack is a great way to reach and organize spices in a tall kitchen cabinet.  Are you looking for a way to organize your spices, and reach them on a high shelf?  Then try the Rubbermaid Pull Down Spice Rack.  Watch how it fastens to your shelf with 4 screws, then flips forward, allowing your spices to be out front, and lowered so you can see all of them and reach the ones you want.  The rack has 3 shelves, is sturdy and works smoothly. The Rubbermaid Pull Down Spice Rack holds a lot of jars, cans, and containers of spices.  

I am not tall, yet my kitchen cabinets are.  That makes it hard to reach many of the things I need.  I am so glad I bought the Rubbermaid Pull Down Spice Rack because it allows me to place lots of little things on a tall shelf.  Normally, I would be afraid to put small things way up high for fear they would be lost forever, out of sight  out of mind.  This spice rack pulls all the little containers down while keeping them organized.  I don't use them everyday, so don't want them on a lower shelf I can reach easily.  The Rubbermaid Pull Down Spice Rack is a handy storage solution.

Sriracha Chicken Foil Packets

If you love the taste of Sriracha, this chicken and vegetable foil packet may become one of your favorite recipes.  Sriracha Chicken is quick and easy.  Spray your foil, top it with chicken, frozen vegetables, and 2 teaspoons each of honey and Sriracha.  Place it on your grill, campfire, or oven,  and dinner will be ready in about 25 minutes.  I use chicken tenderloins so it cooks faster with smaller chicken pieces. Cooking in foil packets on your Weber grill is fun and easy, and something I like to do all year round.


My kids introduced me to Sriracha hot sauce.  Made from chili peppers and vinegar, they love to put it on everything; eggs, burritos, fish, chicken, noodles.  Now I love the spicy flavor of this sauce from Thailand and Vietnam.  If you haven't tried Sriracha, know that it isn't like anything else.  It is spicy, versitale,  and delicious.  


Are you looking for easy fruit kabobs with a red, white, and blue theme that will appeal to all ages?  Try making red, white, and blueberry fruit kabobs  or skewers.  These fruit kabobs are easy to make, and are simple enough that even the littlest members of the family can make them, and may be willing to try new fruits and flavors.  Make a platter full of red, white, and blueberry kabobs for your next family gathering, potluck, holiday party, or camping trip.  Fruit kabobs are easy to make, delicious, and nutritious.  Try making easy and healthy fruit kabobs for your next party.


Berry season means delicious, fresh berries are plentiful.  Here are tips to make your fresh berries last longer, and how to prepare and freeze berries.  Try these tips for fresh tasting berries much longer whether you enjoy them fresh, or freeze them for later.  These tips will keep all types of berries fresh longer.  Keep blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries fresher longer with a vinegar wash.  Freeze your berries individually for easy enjoyment for recipes or snacks.  Try these natural remedies for long lasting berries.


Blueberry Vodka, especially from Alaska Distillery, is delicious, and makes tasty cocktails.  Follow simple directions on how to make blueberry ice cubes, and tricks to make clearer ice in your ice cubes.  Then try mixing one of these easy, delicious, refreshing Blueberry Vodka cocktails.  These drinks look extra nice served over blueberry ice cubes.  Look for the Blueberry Vodka from Alaska Distillery if you don't already have a favorite.  It is fantastic.


Stainless steel drinking straws are a great way to enjoy a cool, refreshing beverage.  Stainless steel drink straws are BPA free, 18/10 stainless so they will not rust, break, chip, or scratch.  

The straws I purchased from Greenco include a cleaning brush that is sturdy, flexible, and long enough to reach way down into the straws for thorough cleaning.  

The brush will clean your stainless steel straws, and is handy for washing other small utensils, too.  Enjoy cold drinks more, and stop tossing cheap plastic straws.  

100% Stainless Steel Reusable Straws are an eco friendly way to enjoy cold beverages, cocktails, and smoothies.  The cold from your beverage chills the stainless steel straw for an added element of enjoyment.  


Make a pineapple bowl or boat to serve delicious, fresh fruit salad.  It is easy to cut the pineapple, and simple to hollow and remove the fruit.  The cut up fruit salad looks refreshing and appetizing served in a pineapple boat or bowl.  Serve your cut pineapple in the pineapple bowl or boat, or combine the pineapple with other favorite fruits.  Learn how to tell if a pineapple is ripe, and how to prepare a fresh pineapple.


Did you ever have a tropical drink served in a hollowed out pineapple?  Follow these simple directions and in a few easy steps you will have a hollowed out pineapple, suitable for any festive, cool drink.  Make a pineapple drink cup to serve your favorite refreshing drink.


Pineapple is a delicious tropical fruit with the flavors of summer days and fun vacations.  Here are tips for how to choose a fresh, ripe, perfect pineapple, how to remove the outer peel,how to remove the tough inner core, and how to cut it into rings, chunks, or spears.  Follow these simple directions for how to cut, peel, and slice a fresh pineapple.


Get out your measuring spoons, and mix your own Pumpkin Pie Spice to add to your recipes.  It is a simple mixture of common spices you probably already have on hand.  Try mixing your own spices to save money, and learn to use the things you have.


Do you ever reach for your honey, and it is as hard and turned to sugar?  Don't throw it out!  All honey will crystallize over time. Put it in a dish with hot water, wait, and it will liquify and be pourable again.  Honey never spoils, and is a fantastic food to store for long term.  It stores best in glass, at 75 degrees, in the dark.  Honey has many uses.  Stock up on honey!


Tamales and chili are easy to combine from your pantry or food storage for a simple dinner.  Sprinkle the top with onions and cheese, bakeat 350 degrees for 25 to 30  minutes.  Dinner is ready with a few ingredients from your pantry or food storage.  Try this simple recipe for a yummy combination.

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