Italian Marinara Green Beens

Plain green beans can be boring. I like to spice things up with this Italian version. They are so good you will keep coming back for more! Italian Marinara Green Beans 1 ½ pounds fresh French green beans 2 tablespoons … Continue reading

Beef Consommé Rice with Mushrooms

When I was a child my parents had a very active social life. On the weekends mother was either having people over for dinner or we were going to one of their friend’s houses for dinner. One of the dishes … Continue reading

Cajun Salmon with Charred Corn, Tomato, and Cilantro Salad

I love the freshness of this corn salsa. It is so colorful and would make any dish look appetizing! The cajun seasoning on the salmon adds just a hint of spice. Cajun Salmon with Charred Corn, Tomato, and Cilantro Salsa … Continue reading

Watermelon, Arugula, Feta and Pistachio Salad

This salad is a juxtaposition of contrasting flavors you wouldn’t necessarily think of putting together. My daughter, Lindsey, recently made this salad for me and I loved it! Arugula has a peppery bite and lemon vinaigrette adds just a hint … Continue reading

Marinated Grilled Yellow Squash

  One of our neighbors, Sam Lewis, brings Doc and I vegetables from his garden. One of my favorites is yellow squash. I like to marinate squash in vinaigrette because it adds additional flavor. This recipe is simple to make … Continue reading

Blueberry Polka Dot Cake with Lemon Blueberry Glaze

Lemon Blueberry Polka Dot Pound Cake with Lemon Blueberry Glaze  marydukecooks.com I love the texture of this cake. It has a soft crumb and is not dense like most pound cakes. The glaze is so pretty with its purple color … Continue reading

Cajun Fried Okra with Heirloom Tomatoes and Ranch Dressing

Cajun Fried Okra with Heirloom Tomatoes and Ranch Dressing highlight two summer favorites: okra and tomatoes. Okra is fried until crisp and gets a little kick from the Cajun seasoning. Ripe tomatoes provide a temperature contrast the hot okra. Ranch … Continue reading

Broiled Balsamic Tomato and Parmesan Sandwich

Broiled Balsamic Tomato and Parmesan Sandwich marydukecooks.com Fresh tomatoes are coming in from Doc’s garden and we enjoy eating them for lunch. Broiled Balsamic Tomato and Parmesan Sandwich has an Italian flavor profile. The bread is first toasted until crunchy … Continue reading

Peach Crumb Bars

In the summer I’m always looking for ways to highlight my favorite fruit South Carolina peaches. Peach Crumb Bars are a delightful dessert for a picnic or barbeque. Enjoy! Peach Crumb Bars Crumble (Use ½ for bottom crust, ½ for … Continue reading