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 [...]

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 [...]

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 steak is inexpensive, no, let me say cheap! [...]

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 soup. I was pleasantly surprised when our daughter [...]

Slow Cooker Chicken and Pasta

Slow Cooker Chicken and Pasta

Everyone knows that life has its ups and downs, so does the answer to what’s for dinner tonight. The heat is stifling at best and the humidity is off the charts. I just couldn’t bare the thought of my dear husband grilling one more day in the intense heat. He was a trooper all weekend [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 their peak their is no better memory. My peach memory from [...]

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 the grill. [...]

Praline Cookies

Praline Cookies

Have you ever tried the Praline Cookies in the Cafe at Nordstrom’s? Oh, trust me, you would remember if you had experienced this treasure. My top two picks from the Nordstrom cafe are of course, the Tomato Basil Soup and the Praline Cookie. Picture the Nordstrom cookie—it is the size of a tea cup saucer—huge! [...]