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.

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.

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

Sometimes it just gets ugly on the dinner front.  Saturday night it was just my wife and I and we were scheduled for grocery shopping on Sunday.  So, like Old Mother Hubbard, I went to the cupboard and it was pretty close to bare.  Armed with tomato soup and elbow macaroni I set out to make a meal.  With a little help from my friends at Google we had a great meal.

Tomato Soup Spaghetti Sauce

  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 cup water; (up to 1 cup)

Cook hamburger and onion til burger is done. Add everything else but water – combine. Add water until slightly thinner than you want sauce and simmer until desired thickness. Serve.