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 … [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 … [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 … [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...]

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 … [Keep reading...]