Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Photo

It is funny how we are captured by tastes from our past. They seem to never leave us, even when we push them aside.

Pineapple upside down cake is one of those ghosts from my past. Long past. [Keep reading...]

Yogurt Fruit Parfait

Yogurt Parfait
The weather made a sharp turn this week and even broke temperature records for Kansas City. I do mean drastic changes–yesterday was 83 degrees and summer like. Today is a bit cooler, but yes, spring is around the corner.

With the change in the weather comes a change in what sounds great for breakfast. Wave bye bye to warm oatmeal ladled with pecans and dried fruit and open your arms wide for a welcoming hello hug to colorful fresh fruit, honey infused yogurt and granola. Tis time my friends, no need to go to the corner coffee shop and order a parfait. These are easy peasy to make at home. [Keep reading...]

Housewares Show, 2015

Electrified Cooks at Housewares Show

We have just returned from the International Home and Housewares Show. If you love food, cooking, dishes, appliances and anything to do with the kitchen, this is THE show! [Keep reading...]

Rosemary Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Wine Sauce

Pork Tenderloin
What’s for dinner at your house? Not every meal at my house is gourmet, or taste like it took hours to prepare. Let’s be real. Sometimes it has to be quick and easy. What a celebration when those two opposing ideas meet!

Roxanne and I have been especially busy lately. We leave for Chicago to work the International Home and Housewares Show this week. In addition, in the last 2 or 3 weeks, we appeared on KSHB TV Kansas City Live (follow the link and you can get the recipe for Chipotle Chicken Tacos from our new book,)  did a newspaper interview and made a video of our cake mixes and taught 3 different cooking classes. We are grateful to have these opportunities to share more about our new book, The Newlywed Cookbook and our slow cooker cake mixes, and it is very exciting, but sometimes, dinner at home takes a back seat to what is going on. Do you ever feel that way? [Keep reading...]

Whiskey Sours

Whiskey Sour

Whiskey, hmmm or is it bourbon? Whiskey has become the new buzz word in many food circles. Heck, I don’t even drink cocktails that often but during the holidays, I purchased whiskey and planned to celebrate all the “at home” time with a whiskey … [Keep reading...]

Classic Wedge Salad with Parmesan Peppered Dressing

Wedge Salad Recipe

Even in the dead of winter, I long for a salad. Yet, all of those tender spring greens seem like a hazy dream. This is the time of year when I make wedge salads for my wonderful hubby. He loves them (and truth be told, so do I.) … [Keep reading...]

Turtle Candies

Turtles #1

My heart jumped a bit when I turned the calendar into February. Ah, yes...the month of love. It must be part of a divine plan that the month of love lands in the middle of cold and gray. A reason to celebrate is always welcomed in the midst of … [Keep reading...]

Spiedini Alla Romano recipe

Spiedini Alla Romano photo

My family has a current guilty food passion right now. It really is ooey, gooey good so throw caution aside and dig in. I love to buy and read cookbooks. I never have enough. Some books quickly become favorites, but Carmine’s Family Style … [Keep reading...]

Greek Style Chicken

Greek Chicken

Soups are no longer appealing as dinnertime choices since the weather in the midwest has been unseasonable warm and dry. The northeast part of the U.S. is preparing for the biggest snow storm ever and the midwest hasn’t received enough moisture to … [Keep reading...]