Kentucky Derby Bourbon Chicken Skewers

May 1st is Derby day! Are you ready to kick off the outdoor party season?  The Kentucky derby is a great way to start the season off right.  Invite a few friends over and set the TV outside for a fantastic party event. Even if your backyard isn’t very large, you can still create a…

A Spring Soup and Salad Supper: Carrot Ginger Soup and Asian Chicken Salad

Carrot Ginger soup is a vegan dish that is full of flavor. Using fresh ginger gives it a little more. It’s light but great for your taste buds. Don’t worry about wasting any of it either; You can freeze it and pull it out whenever you’re in the mood for it. The perfect salad to…

Spring Brunch

Some families prefer a Holiday Brunch as their holiday get together.  Keeping the holiday dinner a more small private affair.  A family brunch is a much easy affair to arrange, because your not the one doing all the cooking.  Families will sometimes offer to pitch in and bring a dish or two. This brunch menu is…

Deviled Eggs for Easter

Start your meal strong with an appetizer that’s made for the family holidays. These deviled eggs are delicious, and the best part, there’s always more where they came from! Deviled eggs without vinegar are a party-favorite and a go-to appetizer recipe for any host. Top them with different combinations to keep your imagination running and…

Retro Easter Ambrosia Salad

          I absolutely LOVE Ambrosia Salad! I could eat it any day of the year. First time I had it was about 10 plus years ago, at an Easter family dinner. To be honest though, it did not look to appetizing at first. After being told several times just to try it already, I did….

Easter Baked Ham

            I have had ham for Easter dinner as long as I can remember. Made deliciously and well, it looks beautiful too. The pineapples and the cherries add the perfect touch to the taste and the sight of the meal. My favorite way to make this holiday staple! Ingredients 1 fully cooked bone-in ham (6…

Ham Salad

            What is ham salad? Well, have you ever had chicken, egg, or tuna salad? It is along the same lines as those. You can add pretty much any vegetable you want to it. Can be served as a dip with crackers, on bread to make a sandwich, or even over a bed of leafy…

Virginia Style Collards and Pork

Collards are one of the oldest cultivated plants in Virginia.  Ham and collards is a traditional favorite served at many of the Northern Virginia Bed and Breakfast ran by Irish Americans.  Many of the Scot-Irish Americans that settle this country, the stable fare for growing in colonial gardens and cooking in the back kitchens was…

Indoor Chesapeake Bay Clambake

Not everyone can hold an old fashion beach clambake.  However, you can create the same delicious meal in your kitchen. This is great to replace to old wore out Fish Fry for Friday Lent Dinner. Equipment: Lots of damp corn husks 4 cups beer 1 or 2 lobster pots or very large kettle pots 4…

How to Make Irish Soda Bread

            Irish Soda Bread has been a tradition in the house of O’Dea every spring. It is served with a pot of hot Irish tea at teatime on St. Patrick’s Day. This brings good luck to those who eat it. Accompanied with Irish Stew or corned beef, Irish soda bread creates the traditional St. Patrick’s…