Bacon Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

Bacon Rach Chicken Sandwich Photo
Tailgating. Eating outside before the game on a picturesque fall day is packed with fun. The air snaps with a cool breeze, but laughter and cheers chase the chill away. Grills fire up and smoke encircles everyone, friends and fans of the opposing team alike. Joyous expectations for great food and a winning score fill the air.

In Kansas City, this means the World Series is the universal favorite. The Chiefs rally at Arrowhead, and college ball is everywhere. I love it, and truth be told, while I am a sports fan, I am a bigger fan of the tailgate. [Keep reading...]

Microwave Caramel Corn

Microwave Caramel Corn

What a magnificent fall season we are enjoying in the Midwest. It seems necessary to pinch myself over and over again to ensure that I am not living in San Diego. Beautiful orange infused sunrises combined with pink and purple sunsets, cool mornings, warm days and then cool evenings…..life is good!

It seems we are spending more and more time outside in front of the outdoor fireplace. Peace and beauty abound and we enjoy the silence and then again the moments filled with lively conversation. The crackle of the fire and the chill in the air beckon for a delicacy that we enjoy only during this time of year. I am not sure why we don’t indulge in this treat year round…oh yea….Doctor’s orders. The treat I am referring to is caramel corn. [Keep reading...]

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Sticky Toffee Pudding photo

It is fall baking season. Cooler days draw me into the kitchen. The oven is on, warming the kitchen and filling the kitchen with wonderful aromas.

My new current baking passion is Sticky Toffee Pudding. I kept stumbling across it on menus in restaurants, some close by and some as I traveled. Each was little different, but each was wonderful. I had to make it. I was thrilled when I found this recipe. [Keep reading...]

Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and Gravy

Food and the memories it conjures up is priceless, isn’t it? Growing up I was blessed with a mother who loved to cook and she is a fabulous cook. We spent many a weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks at our lake home. It was a precious time filled with happy moments. Cooking and tradition run strong but seemed to be etched forever in those lake meals. Every Sunday morning we enjoyed Biscuits and Sausage Gravy. How awesome is that?
It was my dad’s favorite. He would rise early, go fishing by himself and know that when he returned my mom would have biscuits and gravy along side a hot, steaming cup of coffee waiting for him. It was perhaps one of my favorite times of the week.

While my dad recently passed away and our family is in the midst of deep grief, it is comforting to know that I can return to all those warm, wonderful memories with the stir of a spoon in the thickened gravy. That gravy will become a glorious crown for the warm country biscuits. Enough said. [Keep reading...]

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

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Who doesn’t need a quick, easy dinnertime recipe? You know, something the whole family will enjoy but is just a bit different from the same ole thing. Slow cooker to the rescue and this wonderful Easy Chicken Cacciatore. All of us turn to … [Keep reading...]

BBQ Pork Steak

BBQ Pork Steak

There are still plenty of days left before the ice and snow hit hard to enjoy the thrill of the grill. Midwesterners grill pork steak and that is something that other parts of the country typically do not enjoy. It is time to join the bandwagon. Pork … [Keep reading...]

Italian Sausage Soup

Italian Sausage Soup

Finally cold air swooshed in and all is well in my world. A dip in the temperature indicating Fall is almost here, taking our yearly trek to Dunn’s for apple donuts and yes, the arrival of soup on our family menu. The cool temps are perfect for … [Keep reading...]

Bourbon Glazed Salmon for a super quick dinner

Bourbon Glazed Salmon photo

Weeknights mean rushing. You know the drill--after work, after school and then it is time to get to a meeting or pick the kids up. So much to do and so little time. How are you supposed to get dinner on the table? … [Keep reading...]

Tomato Herb Cobbler

Tomato Cobbler Photo

I start each Saturday morning at the local farmers’ market. I love the fresh produce, but I also love looking to see what is there and talking to the farmers about what they just harvested. Each week, from spring to fall, the seasons are revealed. … [Keep reading...]