Easy and Delicious Pea Salad

I serve this often and it’s always a hit. Our grandkids loved it and no one was more surprised than I was.  It has 5 basic ingredients (plus salad dressing and lettuce leaves to serve it on) that together delight the taste buds. I hope you’ll try it soon.

It calls for petite frozen peas, but you can use regular size peas. Don’t even think about using canned peas, however. And don’t cook them, not even for a minute!

Ingredients:   1 (10-ounce) package petite frozen peas, thawed
1 cup diced celery or chopped water chestnuts
1/4 cup chopped green onion
3/4 cup chopped salted cashews or macadamia nuts
1/4 cup crumbled, crisply fried bacon
Ranch Dressing
6 lettuce leaves – iceberg, romaine or butter

Combine peas, celery and green onions. Add 1/2 cup dressing and chill. At serving time, add nuts, bacon and more dressing.  Serve on individual lettuce leaves.

Serves 6



Entrepreneur at a Young Age

A young man, age 7,  who attended a ladies’ networking lunch with his mom proves that age has not too much to do with the entrepreneurial spirit.  I was selling some of my homemade breads and he was my first customer of the day.

With his own money, he bought a loaf of the lemon pecan bread. (see Homemade Breads page) While at the lunch, he didn’t open it to look at or taste (it was wrapped in foil), which I thought indicated a lot of self control.

His mom told me later he truly enjoyed it. In her own words, “He charged my husband for a slice. The bread almost started a riot. It was delicious.”

I wish he lived next door – he could be my sales rep!

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So keep them on the counter. You’ll have better tasting tomatoes and more room in the fridge!

Super Simple Appetizer

My husband came up with this one night when we were expecting company for dinner and got a call that one couple would be late. I hadn’t planned an appetizer, but he came up with this one and it’s been a favorite ever since. (Makes a quick and easy snack, too.)

Only three ingredients:  Scoops tortilla chips  -   your salsa choice  -   shredded cheese

Put the chips in a single layer in a shallow dish or on a large plate.
Put a pinch of cheese on each chip.
Spoon about a 1/2 teaspoon of salsa on top.

Microwave for 10-15 seconds. Serve.

Let me know how you like them!



Trisha Yearwood’s Yummy Cole Slaw

This recipe came from one of Trisha’s cookbooks. It is delicious, easy and requires no shredding! I’ve prepared it in my cooking classes and it’s always very well received.


1 small head green cabbage – chopped rather than shredded – much quicker!
8 green onions, finely chopped
1/ cup sliced almonds
2 three ounce packages ramen noodles

Mix all ingredients in large bowl. At serving time, add dressing (below).


1/2 cup salad oil
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons wine vinegar (could be red or white)
1 teaspoon salt & 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Place all ingredients in a small jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake well and refrigerate. Shake again just before serving.