MaiTai Tracy’s Kitchen:  Our Favorite Recipes

 

 

 

From Our Kitchen To Yours

“A passion for food is a passion for life” – Old Italian saying

Welcome to MaiTai Tracy’s Kitchen!

Tom and I love to travel … and to eat!  When Tom started Travels With Mai Tai Tom, MaiTai Tracy’s Kitchen was added as a way to help Tom build content.  Somewhere along the way, I realized I enjoyed sharing recipes and really liked writing and taking pictures.  I started by posting some of our favorites recipes from our years of entertaining.  I have kept track of the menus for every single dinner and party we have had at our house since 1999.  We like to host, what can I say?

Our very first party in 1991 was a Blazing Saddles costume party where we served Yankee Bean Soup and Tuna Surprise (food from the movie – not to worry, those recipes are not here).  Our second effort was Thanksgiving, where the turkey erupted in flames.  Apparently, it was a very juicy turkey and the drippings spilled out and caught fire in the oven.  As I recall, everything turned out great despite our beagle snatching a loaf of cranberry bread from the table.

We are much improved since those two efforts.  The recipes I share with you are our favorites; ones that can’t go wrong and that we feel are worth the effort.  Our motto: “Good Food, Great Friends and Fun.” 

On the travel side of things, I am the “Scribe.”  I take copious notes that Tom magically transforms into his trip reports and posts.  I am also his back up photographer; if it is a close up or a panorama, that is probably mine.

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we like sharing them!

“People who love to eat are always the best people” – Julia Child

Tracy & Tom

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November 15, 2021

Barefoot Contessa’s Spicy Pimento Cheese Spread

Cheesy Kick Starter Barefoot Contessa’s Spicy Pimento Cheese Spread Starter Last year I received Modern Comfort Food, a Barefoot Contessa Cookbook from my boss because she knows how much I LOVE Ina Garten. (Thanks, Sascha!). I tagged many recipes to try and the first one was Spicy Pimento Cheese Spread. […]
September 25, 2021

Shirley’s Favorite Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Toast Crunch Topping

Sweet Snickerdoodle SensationShirley’s Favorite Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Toast Crunch Topping Dessert Snickerdoodles are one of Tom’s favorite cookies, and when I came across a snickerdoodle recipe that rolled the cookies in Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal …. Whaaat? We immediately purchased a box of cereal to try, but we ate it […]
September 9, 2021

Peach and Pancetta Risotto

Peachy Keen RisottoPeach and Pancetta Risotto Side or Main It was nearing the end of peach season in early September, and since I had two ripe peaches calling my name, I wanted a new way to utilize one of our favorite fruits for dinner. Tom and I were in the […]
August 23, 2021

Dijon Panko-Crusted Baked Salmon

Salmon Chanted EveningDijon Panko-Crusted Baked Salmon Main As I may have mentioned before, we don’t eat a lot of seafood here in MaiTai Tracy’s Kitchen, we leave that to long time traveling companion Mary (seen here at a fish feast when we visited Croatia).We did dine on plenty of clam […]
July 29, 2021

Baked Beans with Chipotle and Bacon

Bountiful Beans Baked Beans with Chipotle and Bacon Side Years ago we tasted the best baked beans with friends Kevin and Melissa. Kevin’s grandma’s baked bean recipe, which is a spin on Carolina Barbecue Beans using three kinds of beans: baked beans in tomato sauce, red kidney beans and green […]
July 1, 2021

Potato Salad with Lemon, Rosemary & Pancetta

Piquant Potato SaladPotato Salad with Lemon, Rosemary & Pancetta Soup and Salad When it comes to potatoes, there aren’t many tuber techniques we won’t at least try once.  That includes one that has become a summer side favorite over the years … Potato Salad with Lemon, Rosemary & Pancetta.  This […]
June 19, 2021

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Cilantro Slaw

Marvelous Meatless BurgerSpicy Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Cilantro Slaw Main With meatless burgers becoming more and more popular, I decided to try these burgers for a meatless Monday.  Although Tom is a registered meat-aholic, he was on board with my experiment, because he likes beans and also acknowledged […]
May 7, 2021

Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Cheddar Breakfast Crescent Roll Ring

Bringing Home The Bacon … and Eggs … and Cheese Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Cheddar Breakfast Crescent Roll Ring Breakfast After salivating over a Kerrygold ad that featured an egg crescent ring dish, I emailed Kerrygold and they sent me the recipe together with some coupons! I had not tried […]
April 24, 2021

Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta on Cinnamon Sugar Crostini

Sweet Strawberry StarterStrawberry Balsamic Bruschetta on Cinnamon Sugar Crostini Starter Here is a recipe I came across in one of my favorite food magazines, Fine Cooking. With flowers blooming and strawberry season pumping into high gear, this would be the perfect appetizer at that Mother’s Day brunch you’re hosting for […]
March 27, 2021

Mr. C’s Strawberries Armagnac

A Berry Boozy Dessert Mr. C’s Strawberries Armagnac Dessert Just when I thought I didn’t have any more recipes from my late stepfather Mr. C, I rediscovered this delicious way to serve those gorgeous strawberries that are just coming into season. I love the first berries of spring as they […]
March 13, 2021

Guinness Chocolate Pudding with Irish Whiskey Whipped Cream

The Proof Is More Than In The PuddingGuinness Chocolate Pudding with Irish Whiskey Whipped Cream Dessert Here is a recipe I found on BBC Goodfood, which uses rich dark chocolate and Guinness stout. Guinness is Tom’s favorite beer, and I love chocolate! It seemed like a good recipe to attempt […]
February 28, 2021

Irish Amy’s Potato Leek Soup

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Irish Amy’s Potato Leek Soup Soup and Salad My mom’s nickname was “Irish.” Her father was Emerson Carey, how much more Irish is that? She told us she was 95% Irish and 5% Scottish, and I know her favorite holiday was St. Patrick’s Day. When […]
February 6, 2021

Old-Fashioned Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies

Just Like Mom Used To Make Old-Fashioned Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies Dessert This recipe for peanut butter cookies is from my mom’s very first cookbook, Miss B’s First Cookbook, which she received in 1950.  My mom would have been eight at that time, so I suspect the crayon markings all […]
January 16, 2021

Mushroom Leek Gruyère Soup with Puff Pastry Top

Chase The Winter Chill Away Soup Mushroom Leek Gruyère Soup with Puff Pastry Top Soup and Salad As soon as the calendar said it was winter, Tom started begging me to make soup. Mushroom Leek Gruyère Soup is a recipe I haven’t made in some time, but it is a […]
December 30, 2020

Emeril’s Hot Jalapeño Crab Dip

Creole Crab Emeril’s Hot Jalapeño Crab Dip Starter Just in time for your New Year’s Eve soirée! This elegant, creamy hot crab dip from Emeril is just what you need to nibble with champagne. Tom’s nephew brought this dip to Thanksgiving many, many years ago. It was so AMAZING, and […]
December 19, 2020

Chicken with Morels

Elegant Dinner Party Dish Chicken with Morels Main Courtesy of The Barefoot Contessa’s Barefoot in Paris cookbook (with a few variations), here is an elegant, delectable chicken dish for any celebration. For those of you have not experienced Morels, they are earthy and meaty, but unfortunately, they are more expensive […]