Strawberry Turkey Salad

The summer night is like a perfection of thought. ~Wallace Stevens            

This salad will be the perfect accompaniment to your summer evening.
It’s light, but very satisfying.  If you don’t have turkey, use chicken or pork.  It will be equally as tasty!!
Add nice glass of sun tea or your favorite white wine and I guarantee a dinner that will be the highlight of your day.  Enjoy this while you watch the sunset!

PS… Last summer I entered this into a local recipe contest and WON!  I got a great chop-chop board as my prize.  Trust me when I say if you serve your family and friends this for dinner you will be a winner too!
Enjoy and Happy Cooking,


6 TBSP Mango chutney
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp. fresh lime juice
1 pkg. Romaine Lettuce, chopped
…8 oz. turkey breast, chopped
2 pt. strawberries, sliced
1 cup  red grapes
3/4 cup  celery, sliced
1/2 cup  red onion, chopped
fresh mint leaves (optional)                                                                                                                                   


1. For dressing, in a bowl whisk together chutney, yogurt, and lime juice.
2. In a large bowl combine, lettuce, grapes, celery, and red onions.  Fill 4 plates with lettuce mixture.
3. Top lettuce mixture with turkey and strawberries. Drizzle with dressing. Top with fresh mint if desired.


Strawberry Blossoms

There is nothing I love more than when June rolls around and the local strawberries become available.  All the expert farmers here in Michigan are saying our strawberry season will be short, but maybe some of the very best berries in years.  That said, I thought I better get moving on my recipes and cooking!  Last night my son and his girlfriend make the most beautiful chocolate covered strawberries. All Taylor and Courtney did was melt some good milk chocolate and dipped!  It was fun watching them “cook”.  We talked, we laughed, and we certainly enjoyed a great dessert.


Today, I thought for my strawberry dessert I would make Strawberry Blossoms. This is a very simple recipe that was given to me by a dear friend and co-worker.  Sally is the Librarian I work for during the school year.  She is always encouraging my cooking and giving me ideas and recipes.  Her mother and I shared the same birthday and a passion for cooking.  Since Jackie’s passing,  Sally has been so generous with recipe and cookbooks that were Jackie’s favorite. I have loved reading  all them and her notes. She was an amazing woman.

So this one is for you Sally.  In honor of your mother. Love you both.     

Enjoy and Happy Cooking,


8-12 large strawberries washed and dried

3 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 Tablespoons powdered sugar

1 Tablespoon sour cream

chopped chocolate (optional)

chopped mint leaves (optional)


Remove the stems from the berries forming a flat base.  Place berries pointed end up.  With a sharp knife, carefully slice strawberry  in half vertically through the center to within 1/4 inch of the base.  Cut each half into 3 wedges forming 6 petals. do not cut though base.  Pull petals apart slightly. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and sour cream until light and fluffy.  Fill berries with mixture.  If desired, top with some chopped chocolate or mint leaves.

Grocery Cart Ambush

I went to my local market today and decided to do one of those Grocery Cart Ambush. You’ve seen and read about  TV personalities or dietitians who come upon regular people shopping and go through their grocery cart and help them make better/healthier choices.  Ok…so I didn’t exactly do that,  but I did ambush some grocery carts! They didn’t have people pushing them, but the wind was doing a pretty nice job of keeping me on my toes chasing after them.  And I didn’t help regular people make better/healthier choices. I did however, choose their grocery lists LEFT in their grocery cart!

Here’s where I’m going with all this.  I thought I would post one of the groceries list I chased down and see what kind of recipes everyone can come up with from the items. Use as many items as you can and try not to add items unless they are pantry/fridge items(oils, butter, milk spices, etc). I will see what I can come up with too! This should be lots of fun!

As always enjoy and happy cooking,                                                                 


Grocery List:



Yellow and Red Peppers


Spring Mix




Parmesan Cheese