Most people who know me well, know that I not only love to eat but I also love to cook.  Not a great cook though, as I would describe my cooking skills as just “good”.  Kind of in-between average and chef levels.  In the last 50 years since being on my own, I have taught myself how to do almost everything.  TV cooking shows are among my favorite things to watch and along with the internet and easily accessible recipes, I have and continue to learn much.

Below, I have posted for your enjoyment, some of my very favorite recipes.  Those that I make most often – primarily, because I always get good reviews from those that eat here.  Along with everyday cooking, I also bought an electric meat grinder and have learned how to make sausage of varying kinds and a smoker, where I slow-smoke meats.


Edited: May 13, 2021

These are recipes I have made over and over usually, in my own version of an old recipe.

  1. Shrimp Bisque Soup
  2. Pesto Pasta with Peas
  3. Mike’s Gazpacho Soup
  4. Cajun Jambalaya
  5. Potato Celery Root and Leek Soup
  6. Enchiritos Recipe
  7. Carrots – Moroccan Spice
  8. Croque Monsieur
  9. Cheese Blintz
  10. Ratatouille
  11. Mellon Relish Salad
  12. Beef Stew
  13. Chicken Pot Pie
  14. Corn Chowder
  15. Braised Ribs
  16. Beerock Recipe
  17. Squash Casserole
  18. Chicken Marsala
  19. Reuben Sandwich
  20. Tagliarini Recipe
  21. Root Vegetable Gratin
  22. Gumbo
  23. Dolmas
  24. Eggs Carmel  
  25. Tuscan Bread Salad
  26. Potato Celery Root Leek Soup
  27. Tomato Basil Bisque Soup
  28. Apple Chicken Sausage

Cookies / Dessert:

  1. Peanut Butter Cookies
  2. Lemon Squares
  3. Fresh Peach Pie
  4. Snickerdoodle Cookies
  5. Persimmon Cookies
  6. Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
  7. Carmelita bars