Wednesday, July 20, 2016


I've always liked cornbread muffins. I like the taste and texture(especially the slightly crispy edges) and I like how easy they are to make. Over the years, I've tried a ba-jillion cornbread recipes, but this one is, by far, the best recipe yet. We give it a FULL FIVE STARS !!

If you like your cornbread muffins on the sweet side, you HAVE to give this recipe a try (it makes about 18 small muffins).

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup yellow corn meal
1/2  cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2  teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter
Lightly spray (or grease) cupcake pan.  Preheat your oven to 400°
Using a hand whisk, mix everything together until batter is smooth (just takes a minute).
Fill cupcake "cups" about 2/3 full of batter.  Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes or until very lightly golden (don't over bake).  Tip out of pan immediately and serve warm with butter.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Where has this recipe been all of my life? I heard rave reviews recently, so I went hunting for the recipe online. As usual, I found a bunch of them and mixed and matched ingredients and techniques to come up with a new chicken dinner that we love!!

This chicken is quick, easy and extremely flavorful. Try it, your family will love it (the pineapple juice makes the chicken very tender).

A word about this photo...... while it isn't the best photo, it IS fairly representative of how WE like our grilled chicken (lots of dark crispy edges). When you are grilling it, just remember that the sugar in this recipe tends to burn if your grill heat is up too high.

2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2  cup soy sauce
1/2  cup brown sugar
1/3  cup ketchup
1/4  cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons fresh ginger root grated
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4  teaspoon cayenne pepper  (see note below)

Mix all ingredients (except the chicken). Remove 1 cup of the mixture and put it in the fridge (you'll use this for basting the chicken when it is on the grill).

Put the chicken pieces into a large Ziploc bag and pour the rest of the sauce over it. Marinate/chill  the chicken for at least 6 hours or up to 12 hours.

Remove the chicken from the sauce (make sure you throw away the sauce the chicken has been marinating in). Grill over medium charcoals (basting with the clean sauce you saved earlier...NOT the marinating sauce)  for about six to eight minutes per side (or if you like them a little crispy, like we do, a couple minutes longer.

Note about the cayenne:  Picky-picky husband does not like freaks out when it comes to super spicy food, so I only used 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper in this recipe. Normally, that amount would send him running but, because there is so much sugar in this recipe, it counteracts the "heat" of the cayenne and you can hardly tell it is in the recipe (add more if you like a little heat).

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


One of my recipe blog readers was kind enough to tell me that someone at the following link:   had copied and re-published over THREE HUNDRED of my recipes and recipe photos onto their web page. As far as I could tell, MY recipes and photos are the ONLY posts on their whole web site!!
Needless to say, I'm not happy about it.  There is NO contact information (that I can see) on this offenders recipe blog, so I don't have a clue how to contact them, do you?
Thank you for listening
to my rant.