I had the pleasure of  having dinner with my daughter and son-in-law in their home.  This was the first time I had a chance to see the newlyweds working together in the kitchen.  They did a great job and the food was excellent!

Ashley & Mike

Michael prepared his “special” baked salmon.  He managed to get it done while talking to me, watching the dog and staying out of Ashley’s way while she prepared her side dishes (this guy has potential).  The salmon was flaky and flavorful, and inspired me to dig out my salmon recipe to post here during my lunch break.

I live in Maryland and we use Old Bay on everything, and when we do it gets prefixed with Maryland.  So here is Maryland Baked Salmon, very simple and quick.

Maryland Baked Salmon

  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dill Weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon  Onion Powder
  • Vegetable Oil
  • 1 pound salmon fillets
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Mix seasonings in small bowl.
  2. Combine dry ingredients.
  3. Place fish, skin-side down, in lightly greased baking pan. Lightly brush fish with oil.  Sprinkle seasoning mixture evenly over fish.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

We all have great coupon intentions. We comb through the Sunday supplement and rifle through the  coupon bundles before they hit the recycling bin.  I always find at least a few that could be useful. I set those aside, expectantly, but never have them with me when the opportunity arises to use them.  But now, “…there’s an app for that”, or how about 10.


Cellfire Mobile Coupons

Cellfire brings you coupons from many different favorite brands. You can access deals across multiple grocers and brands. They currently support over 4000 grocery locations and are adding more every month.



Coupon Sherpa

New coupons are added daily to Coupon Sherpa, some of them exclusive. The app will allow you to email coupons to friends, build lists of your favorite stores, find the closest location and more.



Coupon Cabin

The app features online coupon codes, printable coupons for in-store purchases, and local coupons from grocery stores and businesses. teh app is based on CouponCabin.com which offers coupons for 1,600 online stores with more than 9,000 coupons in 20 product categories and has exclusive coupons for several brands including Reebok, Godiva and Puma.




DealSpot allows you to vote on the best deals so that everyone can see what the hot special of the week is. If you don’t agree with it you can vote it down, add deals you find to the system, follow your favorite deal spotters, earn badges and more.


free shipping coupons

Free Shipping Coupons

Shipping costs can be one of the biggest pains of shopping online, but with the Free Shipping Coupons app you can find free shipping coupons from approximately 1500 different online retailers.




MobiQpons shows you coupons for stores located near you, but you also have the choice of checking other locations if you are driving to different areas. The app will also keep track of how much the app has saved you, lets you bookmark favorite stores and more.




Shooger offers 80,000 mobile coupons and deals from over 25,000 merchants nationwide. It has numerous features like click to call, mapping to the nearest location, saving your favorite deals and a whole lot more.


shopping coupons

Shopping Coupons

Shopping Coupons is a resource for coupons for online shopping that is edited by actual humans to bring you the latest deals from around the Web. Browsing is made easy by its numerous categories, see full descriptions of the terms of the offer and more.



Valpak Local Coupons

Valpak attempts to bring you the best in coupons for the businesses you use on a daily basis in your town. This app offers exclusive coupons, sort coupons by distance, favorite the businesses you visit the most and more.




With Yowza you can see all of the savings at retailers near you, and you can also expand the radius of miles that it will search for savings. You can keep track of how much you’ve saved, bookmark stores & coupons and even send out messages on Twitter after you’ve saved money using the app.

Some folks my age dread their next birthday, but I get excited because I know I’ll be eating free food… and free food always tastes better!


Sign up for the Baskin-Robbins Birthday Club, and get a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday.

Krispy Kreme
Become a Friends of Krispy Kreme member, and get free doughnuts on your birthday.

Noodles & Company
You sign up for their Noodlegram and receive a free meal for signing up as well as on your bithday.

Ruby Tuesday
Get on the So Connected e-mail list, and get a coupon for a free burger on your birthday.

Red Robin
Become a Red Robin eClub member and get a free burger on your birthday.

Red Lobster
Join the Fresh Catch Club, and receive a surprise gift (free appetizer coupon) on your birthday.

The Melting Pot (my personal favorite)
Become a Club Fondue member, and receive a printable coupon for a free fondue for two on your birthay.

Sign up for Sonic Cruisers fan club, and you’ll receive a coupon on your birthday for your choice of a regular order of tots, a medium fountain drink or a regular cream slush.

Enjoy your birthday and eat up! If you know of other birthday freebies, share them in the comments.

Keeping up with food and beverage trends is vital for restauranteurs. That’s why so many turn to the National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot in 2010 Chef Survey.

The Association polled over 1,800 chefs nationwide to create their list, among them are important but also predictable trends (locally grown produce and meats, sustainability, farm-branded ingredients, etc). But, there are also a few quiet, slow growing trends like healthful and better-quality children’s menus, mini-desserts, and more options for people with food allergies or gluten intolerance.

Read The Association’s full survey results at (PDF): http://tiny.cc/Chef_Survey

We’ve made our way to another traditional holiday meal. But if you don’t handle those leftovers correctly, your family will remember Christmas dinner for all the wrong reasons.

• Always thaw meet in the refrigerator or under cold running water – not at room temperature.

• Make sure your turkey is cooked at the proper temperature which is 165 degrees in the center of the bird.

• After the big meal, refrigerate the leftovers quickly. After your turkey is cooked, it should not be out for more than two hours.


garlic-butter-recipeI like garlic and I really like butter, so it should go without saying that I love garlic butter!

Garlic butter is best known for making Garlic Bread or Toast (which I love to make and eat with a big plate of spaghetti…, but I digress). Garlic butter also provides a flavor boost to all kinds of dishes. Try it on steaks, chicken, mashed potatoes, bread and rolls and vegetables such as corn on the cob (that’s so good), green beans and steamed carrots. Did I even mention seafood, oh and don’t forget to add a heaping garlic butter pat onto your perfect baked potato.

Garlic Butter Recipe


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground paprika


  1. In a small bowl, combine softened butter, minced garlic and parmesan cheese.
  2. Season with Italian seasoning, pepper and paprika.
  3. Mix until smooth.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Garlic Toast Recipe


  • Garlic Butter
  • Loaf, French Bread or Italian Bread


Cut bread about 1/2 to 1 inch thickness. Spread garlic butter on both sides of bread. Put on cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees until toasted, about 20 minutes. Turn if necessary for even browning. You can also toast it under the broiler (Broil 4″ from heat for 2-3 minutes or until golden).

Grilled Garlic Toast
Place buttered bread slices on hot grill and cook on each side until the bread begins to show grill marks. Flip and continue grilling. Remove when the bread starts to get crunchy.

Fry-free chicken from the Colonel?

That’s right, Kentucky Fried Chicken, the world’s largest chicken restaurant chain, has announced a second secret recipe has been added to its menu – Kentucky Grilled Chicken (KGC).

Kentucky Grilled Chicken

Kentucky Grilled Chicken

Made with its own secret recipe — a blend of six herbs and spices of course, the grilled chicken is cooked in specially designed and patented ovens.

The “KGC” is a healthier alternative to the “original recipe” that will continue to be on the menu. KFC says each piece of its grilled chicken has 70 to 180 calories and four to nine grams of fat. By contrast, the Original Recipe (fried) items have between 110 and 370 calories and 7 to 21 grams of fat, depending on the piece. The grilled chicken contains from 160 to 440 milligrams of sodium per piece, as opposed to 290 to 1,050 milligrams of sodium per piece of Original Recipe chicken.

“The introduction of Kentucky Grilled Chicken is a defining moment in our brand’s storied history,” KFC President Roger Eaton proclaimed. “KGC is the latest menu innovation that showcases our commitment to meeting our customers’ ever-changing needs… This product will transform the industry.”

You can sample the new recipe for free on Monday, April 27th which has been delcared “UNFry” Day by KFC. Everyone that stops by a KFC restaurant that day will receive one FREE piece of Kentucky Grilled Chicken.

Le Whif

Le Whif

It is the chocoholic’s dream – a sweet treat that gives all the joy of chocolate without any of the calories.

The new sweet treat, Le Whif is a revolutionary new way of eating chocolate – by breathing it! Its inventor, David Edwards, who helped develop inhalable insulin and is working on an inhalable TB vaccination, threw out the idea of breathable food while teaching an engineering sciences class at Harvard several years ago.

Along with several students, Edwards developed a modified inhaler and settled on using chocolate particles that are 80 to 300 microns—too big to enter the lungs and trigger coughing, he said. The device coats the user’s mouth with the taste of chocolate—at less than 1 calorie.

The culinary possibilities of whiffing will be revealed during a year-long Le Whif World Tour. First there’s the launch party in Paris on April 29, then ten days at the beach bar of the Majestic Hotel during the Cannes Film Festival, and finally an appearance at one of the world’s major candy shows, the All Candy Expo, in Chicago. The tour will culminate in a culinary exhibition and degustation at Le Laboratoire with several major international chefs.

tax-dayI hope that the IRS does not break your piggy bank. But if you are looking to pinch a penny or two, some food-friendly folks are offering savory freebies and discounts to help you get through tax day, April 15th, with a smile on your face and sustenance in your belly.

Cinnabon is hosting a Tax Day Bites! promotion, wherein every mall-based Cinnabon will give away free Classic Bites on the 15th from 5pm to 8pm. Locate your nearest Cinnabon.

maggiemoosMaggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery is also ponying up the sweet stuff, offering one free single-scoop cone to every customer in all their stores, nationwide.


Baltimore area McDonalds will be giving away small hot McCafés or medium iced McCafé Coffee throughout the day on April 15th. The free coffee will be at outlets in Baltimore and the surrounding counties of Howard, Baltimore, Cecil, Carroll, Harford and Anne Arundel. Stores that don’t offer McCafes yet will offer other types of coffee for free.


PF Chang’s China Bistro is offering 15% off your food and drink purchase on tax day. Find location and make your reservation.

papajohnslogoPapa John’s is once again providing last-minute filers, or “pro-crust-inators,” a “1040” online deal. Through midnight on April 15, consumers can cash in on this tax break by entering “1040” as a promotional code at www.papajohns.com for a large, original crust pizza with up to three toppings for just $10.40.

====> Check out the list of Birthday Freebies.

Made this for the family tonight as a change of pace and everyone loved it!

I love red petite potatoes because in addition to the attractive bright skin color, they offer a combination of fast cooking time, excellent flavor and are receptive to spicy seasonings.

I also enjoy grape tomatoes, usually in a salad or a standalone snack.  With a higher sugar content than many cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes have become fast food, finger food and kid-friendly. They have a long shelf life, and unlike most cherry tomatoes, can be eaten neatly in one bite, making them a squirt-free choice for social occasions.

The following recipe that combines these two, makes for a great change of pace side dish.  This dish accompanied our Roasted Chicken and Italian Pole Beans earlier tonight.

Roasted Petite Red Potatoes and Grape Tomatoes

  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees F,
  • Rub potatoes with softened butter or olive oil,
  • Toss in a bowl with salt, fresh cracked pepper and Italian seasoning to thoroughly coat,
  • Place potatoes in a roasting pan and roast for about 30 minutes or until softened, turning frequently to brown all sides,
  • Add tomatoes about 15 minutes prior to pulling the entire dish out of the oven.

Roasted Petite Red Potatoes & Grape Tomatoes

Roasted Petite Red Potatoes & Grape Tomatoes