I have to admit I can’t WAIT for spring. And summer. And fresh and colorful everything. I would like to stroll though a Farmers Market right about now. (What is all the fussing about? It snowed in Colorado today after the forecast person said mid 60’s and sunny! How on earth do these people keep their jobs!)

With that said I rebelled and went out and bought a bunch of fresh strawberries and a large bag of frozen Mango’s from Trader Joe’s. (I am crazy about that place.) The frozen mango’s were delicious!



I made up some Strawberry Mango Salsa and ate the whole thing for dinner tonight.

Delicious and so easy.

You may find as I did that my attitude improved greatly.

Spring is indeed promised but for now I will just pretend!


Strawberry Mango Salsa with Red Onion and Lime


3/4 cup diced strawberries

3/4 cup diced mango

1 jalapeño, seeded and minced

2 tablespoons diced red onion

4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

2 teaspoons honey, or more to taste

Juice of 2 limes

Salt and pepper to taste


In a large bowl, combine strawberries, mango, jalapeño, onion, cilantro, honey and lime juice. Excellent served with grilled chicken or fish.


Because so many of you asked for it I COULDN’T BE MORE THRILLED to let you know our new cookbook is now available!

Start Simply Cooking

Start Simply Cooking: Eighty of our best loved recipes to get you started!

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Ck out a few of these recipes friends!

Pesto Rosemary Roasted Tomatoes


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Creamy Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas


Simply Start “Homemade” Cinnamon Rolls
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Bacon Avocado Toasts

Bacon Avocado Toasts

Bacon Avocado Toasts

Colorful Tomato Cheese Platter with Peach Basil Vinaigrette

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Seven Layer Greek Dip


Chunky Artichoke Green Chili Garlic Bread (with the help of Costco)!

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Strawberry Pecan and Avocado Salad in Bread Basket

The Maltby Cake (of course!)1 The Maltby Cake


And one of the most beautiful and delicious cakes EVER The Rose Cake

The Rose Cake

Dare I say more!? Yes more lots more amazing easy delicious recipes for you to get started.

Dear friends we are so glad you have joined the Start Simply Movement! Cathy and I feel strongly the table is a great place to connect with people on a deep level. In everything we do we often talk more about the “why” than we do the “how”. Why we cook, why we feel faith is important, why friendships are essential in our lives, and why we should embrace a healthy life style. Both Cathy and I were blessed to grow up with the power of connection through food. We have many memories of wonderful shared meals and beautiful connections. Our parents gave us a legacy of doing life and food well! We have lived it over and over again with our children and now our many precious grand children. We are simply inviting you to come do life with us . . . and share your table . . . simply.

For years I have believed and taught on the reality that people hunger to live a more connected life with their families, and their friends . . . for life to be simple again. The yearning to share ourselves with others is part of our nature as life giving women, something easily lost in the busyness of our culture. We’re so busy caring for our jobs and our families that we just can’t summon the time or energy to think about much else. Especially hospitality and cooking!

What many of us need is to simply be set free. I believe for some it will take a miracle —the miracle of a changed perspective. And that’s what we offer to those who are hungry to lead more beautiful lives and to share those lives with others . . . but also to those who feel inadequate, unprepared, or just too busy to do so. Together we invite you to rethink what it means to begin living simply in everything you do; faith, food, family, friendships and healthy living.

START SIMPLY, but SIMPLY START!!!!! This is our most important message. We are not just about information, but transformation. Keep it simple, keep it real! Remember friends hospitality is giving someone a message about their value it is not about impressing people but rather giving them comfort and care. What a relief!

Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and read though these amazing recipes. I think you will find as we have the best way to start is to simply start. To just begin. And enjoy those you love alone the way with a piece of Maltby Cake in hand!

Start Simply Cooking is now available for only $15.00

A perfect gift for the Foodie in your life!




Chunky Artichoke and Jalapeno Garlic Bread

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If you know anything about me you know I claim to cheat proudly. Here is a fantastic easy recipe where half  the recipe is done before you start!

If you want
to make a meal out of this you could chop up some ready to go rotisserie chicken. Seriously divine.

Here I am cooking with my good friends Cathy Gries and Julie Gorman. Julie and I just shot about 30 cooking videos for a new APP that  FYI (For Your Inspiration) is launching.

Ck out her site it is fantastic!




I am such a messy cook. They just reminded me! 


One container of premade Artichoke Dip from Costco

One large glass jar of marinated Artichokes drained and chopped from Costco

2 cans chopped green chilies

2 celery stocks chopped

2 cups of your favorite shredded white cheese

Red pepper flakes

5 shakes of hot pepper sauce

2 loafs of garlic bread or regular French bread

Mix first set of ingredients together

Cut bread lengthwise

Spread on mixture on both sides of bread

Place in oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until bubbly and hot.

Serve with veggies.

Tip: This is also excellent with sundried tomatoes.

For More on Lifegiving Hopitality ck out my books: Lifegiving and The God Who Sees You:



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This recipe is such a find. I made it in minutes in my food processor. It is a sweet-tangy cranberry salsa that gets its heat from a jalapeno pepper. I beef up the chopped cilantro (cause I love it) and add fresh green onions, lime juice, and sugar. Oranges are a great addition too.

Cranberries are only in season for a short time in the fall. Once they appear in the supermarket, fresh in bags, snatch them up while you can. They will last frozen for a few months!

You can also serve this salsa on cream cheese. Great easy appetizer for the Holidays. Makes a great Christmas gift in a Ball jar too!



1 (12 ounce) bag cranberries

1 green apple chopped

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

1 bunch green onions (or if you have red onion that works great too!)

1-2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (How hot do you want it? I use two!)

Zest of orange

2 large limes, juiced

3/4 cup white sugar

1 pinch salt

Fresh pepper


Combine cranberries, apples, cilantro, green onions, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a medium blade. Chop to medium consistency. Add zest of orange. Refrigerate if not using immediately. Best if left overnight for at least for a few hours.

Order your copy today of The Christmas Kitchen! Order on my website and I will personally sign your books. Enjoy your Christmas Kitchen friends! Also join me on facebook at to find out more about my upcoming cooking classes.

The Heart of the Home 

Even in today’s busy times, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Author Tammy Maltby believes the true meaning of Christmas is realized when families gather to share activities that make Christmas “the most wonderful time of the year.” More than any other holiday, Christmas is when family and friends gather for a cup of hot chocolate, fresh-baked cookies, and lots of laughter.

Look inside this holiday treasure for:

– Easy-to-do holiday recipes

– Hints for new traditions

– Personal gift ideas

– Kid-friendly activities

– Simple decorating tips

The Christmas Kitchen is more than a recipe book, it’s a book designed to help you enjoy the holiday season, not be burdened by it. Take a few minutes each day to browse these pages for the help you’ve been looking for.

Merry Christmas and may your kitchen be filled, first, with the sweet aroma of love, and then with the spices of the season.






Warmed Baked Brie

Brie with Tammy

Nothing satisfies like a warm, creamy cheese. This recipe is so easy that you can make it in minutes. And the presentation is unreal!

Buy extra brie cheese rounds and puff pastry sheets and keep them in your freezer. You will always have a wonderful hors d’oeuvre to serve at a moment’s notice.

1 14 oz round Brie (the best variety and price can be found at Sam’s club).

1 package puffed pastry sheets (found in the section of the freezer where you find pie crusts).

Any vary of jams and chutneys.  Apricot is my personal favorite. I also like any type of chutney with  jalapenos in it. You can also add dried chopped nuts or fruit. 

Remove one sheet of the frozen puff pastry. Let it come to room temperature (or  microwave on defrost for 2 minutes. Make sure you watch it carefully).  Cut Brie in half, lengthwise. Place one slice of the Brie (creamy side up) in the center of the unfolded puff pastry sheet. Add filling. Approximately ½ cup of whatever you choose.  Place other half of Brie (creamy side down) on top of fruit mixture.

Carefully wrap the puff pastry upward around the Brie. Starting with the corners of the pastry fold up in a circle fashion around the Brie, gathering the ends in the center of the Brie.  Place on foil lined and sprayed cookie sheet seam side down.  Brush with egg.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

TIME TIP: Make these in the morning and wrap with plastic wrap. About 30 minutes before baking remove from refrigerator.

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So warm and yummy!


Brie 4

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Hands down this was one of the Start Simply Cooking Classes favorites.  EVERYONE loved Bacon Avocado Toasts with Creamy Gorgonzola and Lime. Lots of  happy women. There is something just divine about this combination I have also made this with a smoky cheddar and it is wonderful. Pair this with a cup of tomato basil soup and you have one amazing thing happening. Enjoy my friend!~

 Bacon Avocado Toasts with Creamy Gorgonzola and Lime

Yield: 4 toasts


4 slices rustic white or wheat bread

4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

8 slices crispy cooked bacon

2 ripe medium avocados, halved and pitted

1 lime, cut into quarters

Sliced cucumber

Creamy Italian Gorgonzola

Coarse salt to taste

Fresh lime

For each toast:  Paint each  piece of bread with olive oil. Toast. Place cucumber on toasted bread .

Lay an avocado half on top and smash it with the back of a spoon to spread it around the toast. Add cheese. Criss-cross two slices of bacon on a slice of grilled bread.

Squeeze lime juice over the top and season with coarse salt to taste.

I am crazy about avocados!

The cucumber gives it a nice crunch.

The cucumber gives it a nice crunch.
Bacon Avocado Toasts
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“Hospitality is a message you give others about their value. It’s not about impressing people but rather giving them comfort and care.”

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Women today are more stressed out, burned out, and defeated than ever before. The more they seek to better themselves, the farther they fall toward despair. The key according to Tammy Maltby is to become less self-centered and more other-centered. Tammy encourages the reader to be the one who gives life to others! In Lifegiving, she provides sound biblical teaching on what it means to be a lifegiver and how this flows out of a rich inner relationship with God. Lifegiving Discovering the Secrets to a Beautiful Life





Start Simply Cooking!

July 18, 2013

Our July cooking class is going to be AWESOME!  Several months ago my dear friend Cathy Gries suggested we host cooking classes. She loves baking and I love cooking so we thought it was a great match! Though I have spoken to thousands of women on hospitality and co-hosted a national TV show featuring lots […]

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7 Layer Greek Dip– Divine Deliciousness

May 28, 2013

Last week Cathy and I had our second and most wonderful cooking class! If you haven’t been to one of our classes you need to sign up today! Here is the link: Also please join in on our love of cooking by liking our Facebook Page and sharing it with the other foodies in your […]

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Warm Artichoke & Parmesan Dip

April 12, 2013

This is a seriously delicious creamy artichoke dip. I LOVE artichoke anything. This recipe is a little (no kidding) high fat for me. So I cut back by using reduced fat creamed cheese and fat free half and half. But if you don’t feel the need I would go for the real recipe…it is amazing. […]

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Margarita Chicken and Mango Salsa

March 14, 2013

This delicious mango salsa should be eaten with a spoon. It has been warm here in Colorado this week and all I want to do is dance…no really…grill. Seriously grill. Margarita Chicken and Mango Salsa…a winning combination. I have been making these recipes for years and everyone always asks for the recipe. The Cucumber adds […]

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Cajun Shrimp Bon Temps Style!

December 18, 2012

Bon temps means “good times” in French, and that’s what you’ll have with this easy fantastic shrimp appetizer. It could also serve as a light supper. Paired with roasted pork tenderloin sandwiches, fresh grilled veggie tray and The Famous Maltby Artichoke Dip (ck out recipe under Appetizers) and you have a fantastic meal for Christmas […]

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