Thai Wonton Soup (Simplified) and Family Vacations

Part of the fun part of a family vacation is the unplanned adventures which happen along the way. But what is┬ámore frustrating that taking a family road trip vacation and finding that the family navigator can’t read a map? I discovered the answer for modern-day travelers. Like may other families we’ve dropped the maps and rely on GPS tracking systems. Last summer we tried to find an address for a Fed Ex store in an unfamiliar urban city and listened to our three GPS systems shout contradictory instructions at the same time.We found the Federal Express Store just before it closed and then noticed a Thai restaurant down the street in the same strip shopping center. We decided to stay and eat supper there. Continue reading

Cauliflower Au Gratin with Cajun-Inspired Spices

I love cauliflower, especially when it is baked in a creamy cheese sauce with a bread crumb topping. It is a worthy addition to any holiday buffet meal. My recipe is Cajun-inspired because it has the spicy zip often found in recipes from this part of Louisiana. This is recipe is healthy, too, baked in a low-fat sauce.company-cauliflower-au-gratin-img_2282_1

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Let’s Make Banana Pepper Jelly

Let’s make Banana Pepper Jelly! Home canning pepper jelly is a new adventure for me — but I’m willing to give it a try. My Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) basket was full of large banana peppers. These peppers are mild, with a distinctive flavor. I don’t often use banana peppers in cooking and hate to throw them away. So making jelly seemed like a good solution. The jelly turned out so well that I made a batch of Hot Jalapeno Pepper Jelly, too.Banana Pepper Jelly and Crackers - IMG_0310_1

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