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. … [Keep reading...]

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 … [Keep reading...]

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Lunch! Just the mention conjures up all kinds of emotions. Always on the look out for new lunch solutions, I was thrilled when I found the Beauty of the Bistro food truck and discovered a solution to most of my Wednesday lunches. Its the perfect … [Keep reading...]

Custard Eggplant Gratin

Eggplant Gratin

It happens every year around this time. It seems I have just gotten my groove on when it comes to visiting local farmer’s markets and enjoying the bountiful produce. When I have finally gotten my routine down to an art, the calendar days slip away … [Keep reading...]

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 … [Keep reading...]

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, … [Keep reading...]

Old World Bread

Old World Bread

  I would be the first to admit that if I had my druthers we would pack up and move to Paris, France in a heartbeat! I know, I know when reality sets in, as it always does, you and I both know that this will probably never happen, but, hey, a … [Keep reading...]

Mississippi Mud Cake

Mississippi Mud Cake

It rolled around like perfectly timed clockwork. Yep, it is that time again and our home is filled with a plethora of emotions, some good and some not so good. You know what happens each year at this time---back to school. There is just no getting … [Keep reading...]

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 … [Keep reading...]