Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Spaghetti and meatballs, photo

Do you share recipes with your friends? We do and that makes the food taste even better. When I want spaghetti and meatballs, I turn to my friend Roxanne, for hers are the best. Even better, is the story she shares about her favorite recipe and the childhood memories it conjures up when she talks [...]

Maple Syrup Coffee Cake Loaf and Maple Glazed Squash or Carrots

Maple Syrup

I love maple syrup. Yes, I love it drizzled over pancakes and waffles—but I also love baking breads, muffins and cakes with it and glazing carrots, squash and ham with it. This time of year, when baking and roasting take over the kitchen, maple seems to be a natural for me. And, I do mean [...]

Every food has a story–and mine is Sauerbraten

sauerbraten photo

Every food has a story. It is a story of family and friends who gather in love, and the story etches a connection that transcends miles and generations. Remember the earliest family dinner you can—hidden way back in your memory and you will discover you can almost taste it.  Can you smell the meat roasting [...]

Beef, Beer and Bean Chili Recipe

Beef, Beer, and Bean Chili Photo

It is chili season. No doubt about it. Just this last weekend, while in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, at my family—the Ensminger family –reunion, we enjoyed chili while the wind howled and snow accumulated on the slopes.

Applesauce Gingerbread Cake with Caramel Glaze Recipe

Applesauce Gingerbread Cake Photo

My mother and grandmother made all things apple. Pans of applesauce simmered while apple pie, Dutch apple cake and applesauce cake baked. The fall just isn’t fall for me unless there are apples cooking and the kitchen is filled with the aromas of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Caramelized Onion and Mustard Marmalade Recipe

Brat with Caramelized Onion and Mustard Marmalade

Someday soon it will be fall. Today, we are baking in more of summer’s heat, but the calendar says it is nearly the middle of September. So which is it — summer or fall? Brats are one of those foods that make a tasty transition from summer’s sizzling heat to a fall tailgate party.

Cherry Mojito Snow Cone Recipe

Cherry Mojito snow cone photo

There is still time for one last toast to summer. These last sunny, warm days remind me that all too soon, we will say goodbye to fireflies, days by the lake and eating outside and must say hello to steaming bowls of soup or chili. This week, however, summer is holding tight and it is [...]

Balsamic and Blue Cheese Steak Sandwich

Beef Cookoff Judging

What’s for dinner tonight? If you are from the Midwest like me, beef often takes the center of the plate. (Oh, I can’t help myself—do your remember the music and that famous line from the commercial: “Beef, It’s What for Dinner?”) Just maybe you are ready for some new, quick and easy beef recipes?

Grilled Asparagus Fontina Crostini Recipe

Grilled Asparagus Crostini Photo

Gooey melted cheese, smoky asparagus and mushrooms, and toasted baguette slices, hot off the grill. I think that is why I like summer appetizers. Pour the wine and just enjoy. Not that I sit and sup at such a leisurely pace every evening. No, far from it. Yet, restaurant meals at home are so inviting.

Perfect Pickles

Easy, great pickles photo

Pickles that are easy to make and taste fantastic. Pickles that are just sweet enough and just spicy enough–without waiting days for them to ferment or canning them properly. What a dream! So, go buy a jar you might suggest–but that just wasn’t the flavor I was longing.