Mustard Slaw

Mustard is my favorite condiment.  Bill and I had lunch at Red Robin yesterday, where he watched me smear my burger with mustard.  He told me that’s as bad as putting ketchup on a hot dog, which I would never do.  

Grandpa always spread his bread with mustard, so I learned about mustard at an early age.  But then, I always loved Miracle Whip spread on white bread for an after school snack too…

Speaking of Red Robin ~ have you been there lately and noticed a $1.99 charge on your bill for Entertainment Tax?  Seriously now!

Anyway, if you like mustard, here’s your slaw ~ that’s the secret ingredient with this fantastic slaw.
Mellow yellow mustard gives the slaw just enough bite; without overpowering the slaw, like a pungent spicy hot mustard.  

Adding the combination of mayo, a little sugar, half-and-half, celery seed, and a splash of vinegar makes the dressing creamy, sweet and tangy, having a very balanced flavor.

Purchase a bag of shredded cabbage mixture to eliminate your doing the doing the shredding and/or to save time.

This slaw is perfect with burgers, fish sandwiches or on pulled pork sandwiches.  

You will be hooked from the first bite, and hopefully your mustard naysayers will too!

This is pretty tasty slaw!

Mustard Slaw
Printable recipe


5 cups white cabbage, shredded
1 cup red cabbage, shredded
1 carrot, shredded
1 small onion, finely chopped
½ cup half-and-half
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon kosher salt


Mix vegetables in a large bowl.
Blend everything else in the blender or whisk well.
Pour over cabbage and toss.
Makes 6 cups


Shrimp Pasta w/Tomato and Basil

This is a great quick little pasta dish that’s ridiculously delicious!

It’s a delicate dish in a light slightly spicy sauce that’s not loaded in calories.  

I can’t say much more about it ~ it’s simple and flavorful, doesn’t require much effort, nor time and best of all, your family will love you for it when you cook it!

Shrimp Pasta w/Tomato and Basil
Printable recipe


8 ounces spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste1 (16-ounce) can Fire Roasted diced tomatoes
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup basil leaves, chiffonade
Shredded Parmesan for garnish, optional


Cook spaghetti in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package directions.
Place oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add shrimp and garlic to skillet.
Cook shrimp about 1 minute on each side until they just begin to turn translucent.
Transfer to plate and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium and add canned tomatoes, cook for 1 minute.
Add red pepper, sugar and season with salt and pepper.
Stir in cherry tomatoes and basil, cook for 1 minute.
Return shrimp to pan and combine well.
Add cooked spaghetti, tossing well.
Cook for another 2 minutes.
Serve, garnished with Parmesan.


49 and Counting...

This is truly hard for me to fathom:
it has already been 
17,898 days,
roughly 429,567 hours
since Bill and I married
way back
 49 years ago, 
on April 15, 1967.  

Seems like it was yesterday, doesn't it, dear?

April 15, 1967 ~ Louisville, KY

We were both young things 
in our early 20’s 
when we married 
and life has been 
good to us ever since.

Hawaii 2001 At the luau
Hawaii - 2001

It makes me happy that 
I found and married 
such an 
optimistic ~ loving ~ kind 
with a witty sense of humo
that cracks me up daily.

He's a caring father 
for our 2 magnificent sons, 
caring grandfather for our 
adorable groovy 
5-year-old grandson.

Bill, Jr.


2004 ~ Tucson

2006 Riviera Maya Mexico Hotel bar
2005 ~ Riviera Maya, Mexico

 2007 ~ 40th anniversary renewal vows in Las Vegas, with Elvis "officiating." 
The sun was very bright in this pic, but had to include it because of Elvis' pose!

Las Vegas 2008
2008 ~ Las Vegas

2010 Springfield KY
2010 ~ Springfield, KY

2013 ~ near home

We will be celebrating it low-key this year, with a delicious dinner at a favorite restaurant here in the Chicago area:  filet mignon for me, strip steak for him, with all the trimmings…

Toasting to our 49 years 
of wedded bliss
and Income Tax Day!


Pecan-Crusted Catfish Cajun Style

I hear you questioning it:  
pecans, cornmeal and catfish?  
They go together like you wouldn’t believe!

This catfish has a delicious thick crust ~ you’ll swear it’s batter-fried catfish.  The fillets are sweet, meaty, flaky and spicy.  It’s a simple great way to eat catfish!

Swipe the fish through the spicy flavors of cayenne pepper, chili powder, oregano and garlic powder, stirred into buttermilk. 

Dredge the catfish into a combo of cornmeal and chopped pecans, for great texture and nutty taste. 

Baking this catfish is a no-mess alternative, delivering a crispy crust without deep-frying.

Give this a try ~ I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Pecan-Crusted Catfish Cajun Style
Printable recipe


½ cup buttermilk
½ to 1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne 
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon, each salt and seasoned pepper
2 cups cornmeal
½ cup pecans, chopped
4 catfish fillets
Lemon slices


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a shallow dish, blend buttermilk and next 6 ingredients (through pepper.)
Combine cornmeal and pecans on a large plate.
Dip each fillet into buttermilk mixture.
Dredge in cornmeal mixture, coating both sides.
Transfer to a baking sheet that has been coated with non-stick spray.
Bake catfish for 25 minutes, or until it flakes easily with a fork.
Serve with lemon slices


You know,

nobody can ever

cook as good as

your Mama.

~ Paula Deen

You know, nobody can ever cook as good as your mama. Paula Deen
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