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Seasoned Summer Squash Sauté Side

Now that summer squashes and tomatoes are abundant in farmer's markets, backyard gardens, and in grocery stores, this fresh-tasting recipe is perfect for using up the produce and is over the top in goodness!

There are hundreds of varieties of summer squash, ranging from dark green to bright yellow, long to stubby, smooth to ridged to lumpy ~  from crookneck, to green and yellow and pattypan, to zucchini.




It’s a complicated family of veggies, and any one of them would be great for this recipe.  I used zucchini and crookneck summer squash, choose your favorites. 


The squash was sautéed with garlic, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, seasoned with Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy, finishing with a little cheese melting over all.

This was simple, and delicious for dinner and just as tasty leftover at lunchtime the next day!


Yield: Serves 4Author: PamPrint Recipe Seasoned Summer Squash Sautéprep time: 5 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 20 mins This squash sauté is delicious and just as good later, should th…
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Last Night's Dinner ~ Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes over Grilled Chicken

I know ~ you’re probably thinking grilled chicken is boring and dry.  Well, when grilled correctly, it’s very tender with a nice char, and Bill does this perfectly!




Generally, he dips the chicken breasts in a little lemon juice and sprinkles them with seasonings, salt and pepper, and our favorite spices.  

If a little thick on one end, pound it with a mallet until it has a uniform thickness.  Grill over high heat quickly, searing in all the juices.

While I leave the grilling to him, I’m on to making sautéed cherry tomatoes to top the chicken for added flavor and moistness… 



The little gems will be slightly charred, tender and savory-sweet.  Sautéing them brings out their natural sweetness and flavor.  They’re a perfect chicken picker-upper!

If you’ve never sautéed cherry tomatoes, give them a try.  It’s well worth it!


Yield: 4 servingsAuthor: PamPrint Recipe Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes over Grilled Chicken Breasts Cherry tomatoes, a perfect picker-upper for grilled chicken! INGREDIENTS:2 tables…

A Birthday for Grandpa with Classic Yellow Cupcakes

Grandpa needed help blowing out the candles on his birthday cupcake yesterday, so Matthew, came to the rescue! 



Bill loves cupcakes and so does our 6-year-old grandson, and this Martha Stewart recipe came to my rescue.



Bill's birthday is actually today ~ he’s having 2 days of celebrating.  It was going to be a day of golf with Bubba, but due to thunderstorms, that’s postponed for a sunny day; instead, it’s off to lunch later at a favorite Mexican restaurant. 

On with the cupcakes…

Who doesn’t like a cupcake!  These cupcakes are moist, delicious and full of flavor.  The recipe calls for a dozen cupcakes, I doubled it.  Yellow is Bill’s favorite with chocolate buttercream frosting.  Matthew opts for yellow cupcakes with buttercream frosting. 





 The options for decorating are endless, we like sprinkles here!




Believe me, these cupcakes disappear quickly!



Yield: 12Author: PamPrint Recipe Classic Yellow Cupcakesprep time: 25 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 45 mins Perfect classic treats for a…

The Fourth, John Adams and a Mamie Taylor Cocktail, the Original Moscow Mule (?)

The Fourth of July, John Adams...



In a letter to his wife Abigail, John Adams wrote:  "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America."

Adam's prediction came as the result of Richard Henry Lee's motion for independence being approved by the Congress on July 2, 1776.  It was Lee's motion that officially separated the thirteen America colonies from Great Britain.



It turned out Adams was 2 days off from his prediction.  On July 4, the day after writing Abigail, Adams and his colleagues approved the Declaration of Independence, a document that eloquently proclaimed the reasons why the colonies had separated from the British Empire.

An elated and confident Adams declared in his letter to Abigail:

"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty; it ought to be solemnize…

Zesty Grilled Salmon w/Citrus-Dill Butter

Grilling salmon is as easy as pie.


By following this recipe, and implementing the no-flip technique with your skin-on salmon, you’ll have a delicious fillet, perfectly cooked every time...

Begin with placing the salmon on a grill pan, like we do, or directly on the grill grates, after being coated with cooking spray. 

Proceed by generously slathering the salmon with the flavored butter, and cooking the fish, without flipping it, until desired degree of doneness.

Lastly, quarter a large lemon, and grill the wedges alongside the salmon, for the perfect garnish for this fish.

Here’s a little salmon trivia: Salmon are popular in mythology.There are approximately 21,500 people in the U.S listed on white pages.com with the name Salmon.Grizzly bears love to feast on these fish when they are migrating upstream.

Fish for salmon in the morning or late at night.     Salmon comes for the Latin word “salmo,” which means “to leap.”  They’re exceptional jumpers, an ability that serves them well when t…

Not Quite so Dirty Rice

No road trip to 'N’awlins', as Bill calls it, for this tasty little dish ~ you can make it right at home!  




We remember our first taste of dirty rice many years ago ~ and Bubba does too.  It was from Popeye’s, the restaurant chain originating in New Orleans.  And then, our many visits to N'awlins...

However, this time, I made it at home in the Instant Pot now that I have one.  It’s a one pot meal that does the cooking for you quickly. 




The Arcadian classic version of this dish normally comes with chicken livers added for that distinctive flavor and dark color making it “dirty” in appearance.  

It always includes the Cajun holy trinity, you know, celery, onions and bell peppers.  

It's the foundation of so many of the world’s greatest dishes ~ from gumbo to jambalaya to chicken fricassee and étouffée, with every cuisine having its version of it.  
French cooks call it mirepoix, the combo of onions, carrots and celery. Italians call the same combination of ingredients soffritt…

Crispy Homemade Shake 'n Bake Pork Chops

You may remember way back in the day, back in 1965,  when “Shake ’n Bake” first appeared on the grocery shelf…

Shake ’n Bake provides a healthier, less-greasy alternative to frying.  



Manufactured by Kraft Foods, the flavored bread crumb-style coating for pork and chicken mimics the texture on the outside of fried foods.  It comes with its own baggie for you to shake the meat in order to cover it with the breading mixture.  

My homemade version is a copycat of the classic dish, only a hundred times better than the packaged version!




If you like crispy, savory chops, the crunch of these baked pork chops will be just the thing for you.  

No marinating needed ~ all that’s required is a resealable bag for covering the chops in the panko breadcrumb coating, made from ingredients right out of your pantry.


Serve the chops with rice and vegetables for an easy, delicious weeknight meal!




Yield: 4Author: Pam @Pam's Midwest Kitchen KornerPrint Recipe Crispy Shake 'n Bake Pork Chops This homemade …









Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape…

~ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird






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