Broiled  Tomatoes and Fried Onion Crumble

3 cups cherry tomatoes- halved

1/4 cup Frenchs fried onions

2 cloves garlic- minced

1 TBsp oil

2 TBsp melted butter

6 TBsp chopped basil

Broil tomatoes, garlic, oil  for 12  minutes —

Add onions and butter then add ontop of tomatoes and broil for 2 minutes and then add basil

Sausage Stuffed Red Onions

Adapted and refined from Martha Stewart

5 red medium sized onions

4 sausage links- skinned

4 mushrooms- diced

1/3 cup Apples-diced

1/2 cup crushed Frenchs fried onions

1/4 tsp fennel seeds – crushed

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 cup Dubliner cheese- shredded

Peel and slice onions. Use a melon baller and scoop out insides. Oil them and add salt and pepper and bake for 1 hour at 400 degrees- use parchment paper and foil to cover.

In the meantime, cook sausage, Apple, seasonings,onions  until done- about 10 minutes.

Fill onions once done and top with cheese and cook for 20 minutes- uncovered

Balanced flavor! Serve as a side dish or as a main course with a salad.

Sweet Onion Dip


2 cups shredded Vidalia Onion
2 cups Parmesan cheese( plain old shaker cheese)
2 cups Mayo

Mix together and put in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes.
(no need to grease pan)
Serve with pita chips

This is the easiest recipe I know- it comes out awesome every time and people always thin k there’s something else in there. I mean its so simple, but that’s what makes it so good.

Use the leftovers, if any, to mix in with cooked pasta. Or spread it on a toasted baguette with grilled shrimp and Boston lettuce.

Make this for your next party- I guarantee everyone will love it. If not, I’ll buy you a beer!

Do not use low fat mayo- its terrible in this dish. It gets super watery and just plain gross! Save that stuff for, well….nothing!

Black Bean & Corn Salsa


15.5 oz. can Black Beans (drained & rinsed)
3/4 cup corn (frozen or fresh-cooked)
2 small Tomatoes ( seeded & diced)
2 Garlic Cloves (minced or pressed)
1/2 cup fresh Cilantro (chopped rough)
1/2 med. Red Onion (diced)
1 TBsp. Paprika
3 TBsp. Lime juice
2 TBsp. oil (of choice- I like veg .oil for this recipe)

In a dry pan over med-high heat throw in cooked corn. Once
they pop, add Paprika- keep shaking pan for about 1 minute. You want the corn and the paprika to stick together and blister.
Add remaining ingredients.
Put in fridge for at least 4 hours- overnight is best.
Serve with chips, over grilled chicken or fish, put in a wrap……

This is so simple. OK- you don’t have to blister the corn, but what a presentation!..I usually grill the corn then add the paprika- but its cold outside!!!!
AI add just a bit of sea salt when serving- not too much- the lime juice should be the star!

Homemade SLoppy Joe’s


2 lbs. ground meat ( I used chicken-gotta fit in those pants you know!)
1 med. onion (diced)
1/2 green pepper (diced)
1/2 cup ketchup
3/4 cup chili sauce (heinz kind)
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1 tsp. worcheshire sauce
1.2 TBsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. chili powder

Heat a skillet- add onions and peppers- cook til tender ( 5-8 min)
Remove from pan add meat- cook til done
Add all ingredients back in pan- simmer 5 minutes.

I toasted my buns (no- not mine!!!…Martin’s Potato Rolls of ultimate favorite)
I lathered butter and garlic powder and a dash of Italian seasoning and toasted til brown.

You can put this in a wrap if you wish with lettuce etc..
Try adding kidney beans..maybe pouring over pasta- WOW-thats a meal!

Oh Yeah…my bun is upside down in the picture! wife pointed it out..Oh well- it was still darn tasty!
Who needs a canned sauce-this stuff is awesome!