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Barbecue Shrimp and Spicy Sole

Going back in time, both my husband John and I began to eat fewer meat dishes. Given that both set of parents had mid-western roots, this was quite a departure from the meals we were used to eating. We had not sworn off red meat, it just turns out we both like chicken and fish more than we do beef.

In this blog I’m sharing two of my current favorite fish recipes. The first is a dish I’ve been making for a few years. It’s “Barbecue Shrimp” that is extra spicy and a real taste treat. I love food that wakes up the senses.

The second dish, “Spicy Sole,” is one I just made recently and was a big hit with everyone. As the name implies, it is spicy and delicious. I think you and your family and guests will love it.

Just click on the links for the complete recipes.

 Barbecue Shrimp

                                   Spicy Sole

About Trisha Parker:

                                               

 

 

 

Trisha is the mother of three sons and has five grandchildren. She began as a finalist in the Miss Teen USA competition, worked as a model in television and print, became a New York based flight attendant, and then launched her long and successful career as a corporate executive. Recently retired, she has co-authored a book with her husband, The Best of Our Lives: Sharing the Secrets of a Healthy and Happy Retired Life, and lives every day to its fullest. She has been featured on both radio and television programs and is a frequent guest speaker. In addition to working for her favorite charities, Trisha is an accomplished chef, seamstress, fitness enthusiast, bargain hunter and travel adventurer. 

For a copy of her book, go to www.TheBestofOurLives.com

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Simple Summer Breakfast Recipes

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Hi Everyone

With summer upon us, I’ve decided to share some of my simple summer breakfast recipes. I think you and your family will really enjoy waking up to this tasty oatmeal dish and these fantastic breads.

Baked Oatmeal

 

 Breakfast Breads

Banana Nut    

Date Nut

Pumpkin

Trisha

Easter Salad and Side Dishes

Happy Easter everybody! 

I’m sure many of you are thinking about preparations for your family’s Easter meal. With that thought in mind, I want to share some delicious recipes I know will be ideal for your holiday table. Here is a super salad and three wonderful side dishes that will compliment any main entree. When planning a holiday meal, I not only want to prepare delicious food, I select dishes that are colorful and fit the occasion. These dishes will be perfect for your Easter table. For the complete recipe, simply click below. Enjoy.  

     Walnut Mandarin Salad 

      Teriyaki Broccoli Slaw

 

   

 

 

 

Brussels Sprouts with Water Chestnuts

      Carrot & Apple  Casserole

 

 

    

Trisha

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Meatloaf, Baked Beans, and Soup

Hi Everybody,

I’ve got three great recipes for you this week. The first one I call “Meatloaf With a Kick.” Of all my recipes, this is the one people ask for the most. I’ve even received emails from people I didn’t know who said they heard about my meatloaf and wanted the recipe. One time I took this meatloaf to a potluck dinner and a woman I didn’t know launched a search for the person who brought the meatloaf. Months later I got an email which began, “I was at a potluck dinner several months ago and had the best meatloaf I’ve ever tasted.” I was very flattered and sent her the recipe. It’s spicy but delicious.

The second recipe goes great with meatloaf, it’s my “Maple-Baked Beans.” The fact is, these beans will be a big hit with your family or guests no matter what else you serve.

Finally, I’ve shared my recipe for the best “Broccoli Cheese Soup” you will ever taste. My aunt Mary Jane  gave me this recipe years ago and I’ve never tasted any better. Its easy to make and I guarantee you will love it. Even President George Bush, who didn’t like broccoli, would like this soup.

 

 

Simply click on the links below for the recipes:

MeatloafwithaKick

Maple-BakedBeans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BroccoliCheeseSoup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by.

      Trisha  

 

 

Valentine Confections

 

I’m going to make this short and sweet. Very sweet. I’ve got five wonderful confection treat recipes for the ones you love. Here they are:

Simply click on the link for each recipe and share the love.

ChocolateTuxedoStrawberries

CandyCoatedCakeBalls

 PecanCaramelCandies

CandyCoatedChocolateTruffles

MarshmallowMarvels

Happy Valentine’s Day

XOXO     Trisha

Easy Italian Dishes

Early in our marriage, my husband and I lived in Italy for two years. It was fantastic and I learned to love Italian food. The wonderful fresh ingredients, fragrant spices, and variety make Italian dishes pleasing for almost everyone.

Here are three of my favorite “Easy Italian” recipes. They are ideal whether preparing dinner for a few or the whole family. Better yet, besides being easy to prepare, they freeze nicely and taste just as good heated up right out of the freezer. (Simply click on the link for each recipe)   

ChickenParmesan

Lasagna

LasagnaRolls

 

Timely Tips

Cooking Tomato-based Sauces

I like to use a wooden spoon when cooking tomato-based sauces. Certain metals can react to the acidity and plastic spoons will become stained.

A good way to cut down on the acidity of you sauce is to use a little sugar, especially if any of your diners has digestion issues. I typically add a small amount of sugar, approximately 1/2 teaspoon or one small sugar packet at the end of the cooking time.

 

 

 

Easy Italian Early Preparation Baking Directions

If you prepare in advance, you can refrigerate for up to 48 hours prior to baking. Cover dish in plastic wrap and cover everything in foil. To bake, remove wrap, replace foil, and bake for 15 minutes more than stated in recipe.

If you prepare and freeze, or want to freeze leftovers, cover in plastic and then foil. Freeze for up to two months. If you go directly from freezer to oven, bake for 1 hour more than stated in recipe. If you thaw the dish, bake for 15 minutes more than stated in recipe.

                        

 

 

Let me know what you think of these tasty dishes.

XOXO  Trisha

 

 

Leftover Magic

Happy New Year

 

 

 

I hope you all had a great holiday season and are already enjoying the new year. If you are like me, you may have saved some of those holiday dinner leftovers. If so, I’ve got some “leftover magic” for you.

Here are two recipes: one I call Easy Pot Pie using turkey or chicken, and the other is a tasty Cream of Potato Soup using leftover mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

Simply click on the link for each recipe.

EasyPotPie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CreamofPotatoSoup

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Timely Tip

 When traveling, toss those complimentary shower caps from your hotel (make sure they are sealed) into your suitcase. When you get home, place them into a kitchen drawer with your plastic wrap and foil. They are perfect for covering any food item that you will get into over the course of a few days. I use them for pies, cookies, salads, etc. When the food is gone, toss the cap.

  

Let me know what you think.

XOXO Trisha