Whipped Honey Goat Cheese Spread Recipe

Whipped Honey Goat Cheese Spread photo
Dinnertime seems to be on a constant racetrack. What’s for dinner? When? How long before dinner—or do we need to rush out after dinner? No time to sit and savor and no time to really talk to your family.

It is time to slow down and serve an appetizer and one of my favorites is this Whipped Honey Goat Cheese Spread. [Keep reading...]

Spicy Cucumber Salad

Spicy Cucumber Salad

I grew up falling in love with my mom’s cucumbers and vinegar. It was a tangy addition to many a summertime meal at my childhood home. After I married my husband, I discovered his family’s version of cucumbers and they were delicious too. He grew up with more of a sugar syrup-vinegar version while I grew up with onions and vinegar but no sugar. Either method is a winner in my book. After noshing on these crisp slices all summer long, it was time for a change.

I adapted a recipe that I had developed for the Kansas City Star’s Eating for Life column. I left out the red pepper flakes, added srircha sauce and increased the amount of pasta like pearls in order to please our teenager….voila! Perfect for summer lunches or to accompany burgers from the grill. This version may not be as healthy as the original recipe, but it works and my family will devour it without complaints and still reap the benefits of eating fresh vegetables. This works for me! [Keep reading...]

Slow Cooker Beef Heros and Fun at the Great Midwest Balloon Fest

Slow cooker beef sandwich photo
About this time in the summer, I grow weary of grilled chicken and plain ole burgers. Don’t get me wrong, I love grilling out, but sometimes you need to change it up a bit.

There are also those weekends that are so packed with fun or work you need a quick meal. Like this weekend, put this recipe in your slow cooker and come out and enjoy the US Bank Great Midwest Balloon Fest at the Kansas Speedway.  After your fun day, you can go home and have a great tasting, almost-ready-to serve dinner!  (Now, keep reading this blog–and you will discover when we will be at the Balloon Fest–and if you show us a picture of your slow cooker meal, you will get $5.00 off of our Triple Slow Cooker Entertaining Cookbook. [Keep reading...]

Midwestern Cobb Salad

Midwestern Cobb Salad

Please tell me it happens to you too! Do you ever get in a salad rut? Where the same ole same ole just won’t fit the bill anymore. Sometimes, the antidote to this problem can be as simple as presentation. Shake it up a bit and go ahead and add more ingredients than you normally would. Take a few extra minutes and fry some bacon. Then present the salad in an artistic manner, set the dinner table and stand back. The ohs and awhs from your family will delight and dinner will be exciting once again. [Keep reading...]

Slightly Sweet Dill Refrigerator Pickles

Slicing cucumbers for pickles photo

I am a Farmer’s Market addict. I have to go each Saturday. I need to see what has ripened since my last visit. The colors, smells and ultimately the tastes of the market captivate me. I just bought tomatoes, blackberries, corn, zucchini, peppers, … [Keep reading...]

Fresh Peach Pie

Peach Pie

Summertime conjures up so many fond memories both of activities and food. You can’t recall past summers and not remember peaches. The rosy, ripe jewels and that juice that drips from your chin to your toes. Awh, yes, when peaches are ripe and at … [Keep reading...]

Raspberry Shortbread Bars

Raspberry shortbread bars photo

I love to bake cookies. Some cookies, I feel, are just for Christmas, like my gingerbread cookies, but there are a special few that I bake all year long. They are beautiful on a holiday tray and yet taste equally wonderful on a hot summer day with a … [Keep reading...]

Pork Fried Rice

Fried Rice

Ahhhh summer time and the living is easy. Summer has been kind to us so far. Not too many days with extreme heat and yet plenty of heat for the herbs and garden. It still seems a sin to heat up the oven for dinner so we find many of our meals involve … [Keep reading...]

Cast Iron Skillet Cheese Fondue

Cast Iron Skillet Cheese Fondue photo

Summertime and casual evenings around the grill make a natural pair. Wine, grilling and eating outside are fun and relaxing to me. Sometimes it is just my hubby and me, and sometimes, the evening expands to include my daughters, friends and family. … [Keep reading...]