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Healthy Mediterranean

Here are two delicious and healthy Mediterranean recipes. They are part of my “Meals For Two” concept and I know you will enjoy them. Just click on the title links for the recipes.

Pesto Shrimp Pasta


Spicy Chicken & Mushroom Saute


Have fun and bon appetit.



Two-Person Meals

Two-Person Meals

Hi Everybody,

I realize I haven’t posted in a long time, but there’s been a lot going on in my life. The good news is we have two new beautiful grandsons. Everyone’s doing fine and I couldn’t be happier or love them any more.

O. K., with that said, John and I are now empty nesters for the first time in almost 40 years. It has brought about some grocery shopping and cooking changes for me, so I’ve decided to focus on two-person meals.

Simply click on the links below for the complete recipes:

Mediterranean Sweet and Sour Chicken

Quick Seafood Paella

Halloween Treats

It’s that time of the year. To get in the mood, you can see I turned my kitchen bar into a pumpkin patch, complete with pictures of my grandkids taken in pumpkin patches over the years.

Here are two easy Halloween treats guaranteed to please all the little gooblins in your life. That is, if you can keep the big ones from eating them first. Just click on each one for the full recipe.

Caramel Popcorn

Roll-Out Cookies


If you haven’t read about the recently discovered health benefits of tomatoes, see John’s blog on www.TheBestofOurLives.com . It turns out, in order to get all the antioxidants from the tomatoes, you must first cook them. Here is a simple recipe for a great fresh Marinara Sauce. Simply click here for the recipe.

Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce

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


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



Hi Everybody

I know I haven’t posted any recipes recently, but I’ve been traveling. Had a wonderful trip that included the Caribbean, Central and South America, through the Panama Canal, Mexico and on to San Francisco. As soon as we returned, our youngest granddaughter was having her second birthday party. Everyone insisted I bake their favorite cookie, Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip,  from our old family recipe.  Although we ate some of the dough and a few hot ones, four dozen survived for the party. They were gone in a flash, and given the compliments, I thought I would pass this “can’t fail” desert along for you and your families.

June Special

If anyone has a friend or family member on their gift list who is retiring, our publisher has agreed to a special offer for the month of June. Our book, The Best of Our Lives: Sharing the Secrets of a Healthy and Happy Retired Life, can be purchased for $14.00 on our website.


During June, just type in the promo code:  14bucks

I normally don’t pitch the book on my blog, but since the publisher was making this offer, I thought I would pass it along. While on the subject, I also wanted to thank all of the people who have written comments thanking me for my recipes and/or commented on our book. It’s nice to hear from you and is very much appreciated.

O.K., now for the Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.

Oatmeal-Pecan-Chocolate Chip Cookies