Cucumber Dip


1 cucumber, peeled, halved, and seeds removed
16 oz. reduced fat sour cream
white vinegar
salt, kosher or regular
1 tbsp. chopped onion
1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp. white wine

Grate cucumber and set in shallow bowl. Fill the bowl with half white vinegar and half water over cucumber. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for l hour at room temperature.
Drain grated cucumber well. Mix cucumber, sour cream, chopped onion, dill, and white cooking wine together. Season with salt and pepper. Chill for a couple of hours.

Serve with veggies and baked pita bread.

Crab Delight


8 oz. cream cheese
1 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp horseradish

1 7.5 oz can crabmeat
2 Tbsp chopped onion
¼ c chopped ripe olives
Turn into greased shallow dish or pie plate. Top with 2Tbsp toasted slivered almonds. 
Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
Serve with crackers.

Corn Dip


2 cans Mexicorn – drained
2 c mayonnaise
2 c Monterey Jack cheese – grated
1 c parmesan cheese – grated
½ c jalapeno peppers – chopped

Mix well and bake @ 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve with Frito Scoops

Cilantro-Lime Slaw


½ small clove garlic
Kosher salt
1 medium lime
3 Tbsp mayonnaise
¼ medium head Savoy cabbage, cored and thinly sliced (~2 c)
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves
freshly ground black pepper

Chop the garlic, sprinkle it with a pinch of salt, and mash it into a paste with the side of a chef’s knife. 
Finely grate the zest from half of the lime and then juice the whole lime. 
In a medium bowl, whisk the garlic, lime zest, 1 Tbsp of the juice and the mayonnaise. 
Toss in the cabbage, scallions, and cilantro. Season with ¼ tsp salt and several grinds of pepper. 

Carrot Salad with Lime and Cilantro


4 medium carrots
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/8 tsp finely grated fresh lime zest
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tsp vegetable oil.
Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs

Finely shred carrots and in a bowl toss together with remaining ingredients and salt and pepper to taste

Serve salad garnished with cilantro. Serves 4



8 pieces of ham slices, about 4 inches across, ¼ to ½ inch thick.
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp cooking oil
6 eggs
3 Tbsp minced shallot
1 tsp dried thyme
¼ c chopped fresh chives
salt, pepper to taste
3 Tbsp milk, half and half, or cream
8 pieces of sliced Swiss cheese cut to size of ham pieces

Sauté pieces of ham slices in butter and oil in large frying pan. Remove to warm plate and keep warm.
Beat eggs with milk, cream, or half and half, and add thyme, chives, salt and pepper
Add more oil to frying pan if necessary. Sauté shallots until soft.
Add egg mixture and cook until it can be lifted from the pan, lifting to let liquid settle under the already cooked bottom as you go.
Flip omelet onto cutting board and cut into pieces the size of the ham slices.
Place ham pieces in frying pan ...

Chicken Casserole


Preheat oven to 300º

1 C uncooked rice
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 soup can of water
1 package onion soup mix
Salt to taste
1 cut up chicken or 6 chicken breasts, split
2 Tbsp butter

Grease a 7”x10” Pyrex dish. Pour in rice. Dilute soup and pour over rice. Sprinkle soup mix over rice mixture and salt sparingly. Brown chicken in butter in heavy skillet and place chicken on top of mixture in baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 1½ hours. Can add parsley for garnish.

Serves 6

Caviar mousse


5 large hard boiled eggs
4 oz jar of caviar 
1 c mayo 
1/2 c sour cream 
3T grated onion 
1 1/2 t Worcestershire sauce 
2T lemon juice 
1/8 t cayenne pepper 
1 envelope gelatin 
1/4 c cold water 

Combine mayo, sour cream, eggs, seasoning 
Gently fold in caviar 
Stir gelatin into cold water and heat to dissolve 
Cool slightly and fold into above mixture
Chill at least 4 hours
Unfold and serve with your favorite crackers


Broccoli Salad


1 bunch fresh broccoli
0.5 c Spanish peanuts
0.5 c white raisins
1.5 c red onions, chopped
1 c mayonnaise
2-3 Tbsp wine vinegar
0.5 c sugar

Cut broccoli flowers into small pieces. 
Peel and chop 1 cup of broccoli stems. 
Mix broccoli, peanuts, raisins, and onions. 
Blend the remaining ingredients for dressing and chill. 
Toss salad and dressing when ready to serve.

Lemon-Lime Basil Shortbread Cookies


Makes about 16

1 c all purpose flour
½ c powdered sugar plus more for pressing cookies
½ c (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½” cubes
2 Tbsp sliced fresh basil leaves
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest plus 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
½ tsp finely grated lime zest
¼ tsp kosher salt
Sanding sugar (optional)

Ingredient info: decorative sanding sugar has large, crunchy crystals, available a specialty foods stores

Preheat oven to 375 º. 

Place flour, ½ cup powdered sugar, butter, basil, both zests, lemon juice, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until large, moist clumps form. 
Measure level tablespoonfuls of dough roll between your palms to form balls. Place on a large baking sheet, spacing 2” apart. Lightly dust the bottom of a flat measuring cup with powdered sugar and press cookies into ...