Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Bacon

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Sundried tomatoes and bacon

This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is taken up a few notches with the addition of sun dried tomatoes and bacon.  Full of flavor and texture! A few weeks ago I hosted a luncheon at my home with some of the ladies from church.  There was one qualification for attending my lunch.  You had to be over 70.  Of course that qualification didn’t apply to me. We have a wonderful group of “older” ladies at church that I just adore. Ten ladies attended my “Ladies Who Lunch” holiday luncheon.  They are such a delight [Continue Reading…]

Broccoli & Artichoke Dip

Broccolil and Artichoke Party Dip

  I adore appetizers. Sometimes I even enjoy them more than the main course. I’ve even made a complete meal out of appetizers. We serve a large array of appetizers on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve so I’m always on the look out for a yummy new recipe. One of my favorite all time appetizers is Roasted Garlic Artichoke Dip. I have a recipe that I love and I’ve given out to many, many friends. It is always the first appetizer to disappear at any party I take it [Continue Reading…]

Broccoli Pasta Salad

Broccoli Pasta Salad

I served this salad at the tea party bridal shower I recently hosted.  It was a huge hit.  I first has this salad about a year ago at a neighborhood pot luck and asked for the recipe right away.  I never got around to making it.  I wanted to add a salad into our tea party menu and I remembered how much I loved the salad and so did my party guests.  That evening, after the shower, at our neighborhood party, the neighbor who had given me the recipe originally [Continue Reading…]

Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan Cheese and Pine Nuts


We have been on a bit of a broccoli kick at our house.  I have to admit broccoli is one of those vegetables that I have learned to eat in my adult years.    I was not a big vegetable eater as a kid and basically the only vegetable I would eat was green beans out of a can! When my kids were young we had a rule that there had to be something green on your plate and you had to eat it!  For my second son that was a [Continue Reading…]

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

It is finally feeling like summer around our house.  Let’s hope it lasts. I don’t know about you but I always feel like eating a little healthier in the summer.  Maybe it is all those fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s Market? So in honor of summer finally arriving in Portland this week is going to be dedicated to healthy recipes (or at least as healthy as I get).  In other words, there will be no cookie or cupcake recipes this week!! I think a pretty standard recipe in [Continue Reading…]