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Potluck Recipe #5

Peggy made this yummy dip. It includes one of my favorite melting cheeses, Fontina. So Good! Again, sorry for the less than less-than-stellar photo, I’m snagging these from a video since I forgot to get photos of each dish.

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February 5, 2024   No Comments

Potluck Recipe #4

Lisa made these delicious caramelized onion bites. This recipe is a keeper.

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January 31, 2024   2 Comments

Recipe #3 – Christmas Potluck

Well, it’s taken me more than 6 weeks to get back and post another recipe. The holidays were as crazy as ever, with Marissa and family in town and Harmony Boards Christmas and NYE orders, and … well you know how it goes.

This recipe was made by Mary even though she was not able to attend, she sent it along with her sisters. These cheesy bites were a huge hit!

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January 26, 2024   No Comments

Recipe #2 from Christmas Potluck

Tram and Steve chose this next recipe and it was a true crowd-pleaser! Although each guest is only asked to bring a single recipe of each dish, good thing they decided to make a double batch. So Good!

Although I am linking the original recipe from Grilled Cheese Social, I have also copy and pasted and cleaned it up a bit because there are SO MANY ads and popups on the original site. LINK

Pizza Sliders with Pepperoni & Hot Honey

  • Non-stick baking spray
  • One 12-pack Original Kings Hawaiian Rolls
  • 1 heaping cup purchased marinara sauce
  • 1 cup low-moisture mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, hand torn
  • 3 ounces pepperoni slices
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon fresh peeled and diced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons hot honey
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December 12, 2023   2 Comments

Christmas Potluck Appetizer Party 2023

I hosted my annual Christmas Potluck Appetizer Party last weekend and will share the recipes as often as I can break away from making Harmony Boards during this, my busiest season. Sadly, I did not take photos of each dish. I am so out of practice taking photos for this page! In the rush and joy of guests arriving, I forgot to take any. This first recipe is one that I made so I took photos with the leftovers, the day after. Luckily, I did take a video for Instagram, so maybe I can screenshot halfway decent photos from that for the coming days… but that is wishful thinking. They will most likely be blurry, at best!

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December 9, 2023   2 Comments

Anne’s birthday salmon

I made salmon bowls for Anne’s belated birthday dinner last week. I’ve been on a salmon kick recently, in excess, since now I’m sick of salmon. I do this more often than I’d like to admit. I think it’s simply part of cooking for one. Admittedly, a large part of the problem is that I shop at Costco for my business. While I’m there (several times a week) I will also pick up food for myself. I think we can all agree that shopping at Costco when you’re cooking for one, isn’t the best strategy. This is another “something” that I need to work on.

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August 30, 2023   3 Comments

tomatoes and figs

Peggy and I finally celebrated Anne’s June birthday on Wednesday night. I made a salmon bowl for the main course (recipe coming soon) and a Caprese-Fig Toast for the appetizer. It was inspired by the black Mission figs from the 5 trees in my own backyard and the green Kadota figs I found at Trader Joe’s. If you hurry, you’ll find both varieties at Trader Joe’s right now.

Fig-Caprese Toasts

  • 4 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade, more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic reduction, more for drizzling
  • 1 baguette
  • 1 package burrata, balls drained and sliced
  • Ripe black Mission and green Kodata figs, sliced lengthwise
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August 25, 2023   3 Comments

Winner, Winner Charcuterie Dinner!

Many thanks to the 9 of you who posted comments and entered the contest. David, Bonnie, Shelley, Anne, Kim, Jill, Jan, Amy, and Betsy, your names were all put in the random spinner and Jill was the winner. Congratulation Jill! I’ll text you and we’ll find a day and time for you to swing by and pick up your Harmony Board.

Thanks to all of you for your very kind comments! You make it so much more fun and rewarding to continue to post! On that note, here is an easy and surprisingly addictive recipe I made for Marissa and Jeff on my trip to Chicago early this month. I found it on Allrecipes.com and it is now in my rotation!

NOTE: The recipe calls for black beans in mild chili sauce. I did not know there was such a thing, turns out there is. Find that, it makes all the difference if the delicious flavor of these delicious little bites.

Sweet Potato – Black Bean Taco Cups w/ Lime Crema

Lime Crema

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juiced
  • Pinch of salt

Taco Cups

  • Cooking Spray
  • 12 street-size (4-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped sweet potato
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans in mild chili sauce, undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 ounces shredded Mexican-style cheese blend
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • Lime wedges and lime crema, for serving
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August 23, 2023   1 Comment

Reminder …


Today is Monday. Our drawing is Wednesday. Time is running out. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, please see the previous post – 14th Blogiversary. In the meantime, a new recipe:

This recipe comes from Instagram influencer, Lauren Garcia aka whatlolalikes. I met Lauren in the summer of 2019, about 8 months after I started Harmony Boards. She was at an Airbnb doing a photoshoot. The owner of the property ordered a board from me for Lauren, her photographer, and stylist to enjoy while they worked. Lauren tagged me in the photo and my Instagram account blew up. She ordered several more boards from me over the years and I can honestly say that my account quickly grew by leaps and bounds, in large part to her and her strong influence.

Lauren makes this salad all the time, so I finally decided to try it, yes she influences me too! It is amazing! It is now my go-to quick, easy, and healthy meal at least 2 times a week. I have no doubt that you’ll love it too.

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August 21, 2023   1 Comment

14th Blogiversary

Fourteen years ago today I began blogging. To celebrate, I’m having an easy contest, keep reading to learn more.

Here is a link to post number one. If you go to that link you’ll see that I speak about Julia Child. Ironically, I attended a birthday dinner last night with Kim Howard at Tarbell’s to celebrate what would have been Julia Child’s 111th birthday. My friend, mentor, and former boss, Barbara Fenzl was the guest speaker. Thank you, Mark Tarbell, it was a delicious and delightful evening.

The day I began blogging, Connor was a few days away from heading off to college. Not to be overly dramatic, but I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life. Having been a stay-at-home mom for over 21 years, I was feeling a bit lost. This blog was a great distraction and gave me something to look forward to each day, a purpose if you will. And I was dedicated! Posting nearly every day for 4 years!

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August 16, 2023   17 Comments