Big Mac Sloppy Joe’s

Sloppy Joe’s have always been a favorite meal dating back from childhood to present day. In our house, they are regular in the dinner rotation each month. There have been different variations over the years, from the packet with tomato paste to the Manwich brand, to my mom’s A&W copycat recipe that she started making…

Pineapple Infused Vodka

This is the summer of infusing liquors. First, it was the lemoncello; then the rhubarb cordial; now it’s Pineapple Vodka. I know that infusing liquor is not a new thing, so I’m going to call myself retro cause I am playing with fruit/booze combos this summer. This infusion was inspired by one of Eric and…

Orleans Parrish Style BBQ Shrimp

This is a recipe that I feel like I could enjoy once a week. Beyond the amazing taste of creole seasonings, butter, and juicy shrimp, it is one of those recipes that paints a mental picture that romanticizes both where you are and the experience that you are having while you are there. It could…

Ponzu Cucumber Salad

There is a fun dynamic on certain foods in my house.  There are some no-one likes (eggplant – I want to, but even I don’t.)  There are lots we all like (chicken, tacos, Eggs Benedict – this list could go on).  But then there are those that some like, some don’t like and some like,…

Panda’s Peanut Butter Dog Treats

I don’t just cook or bake for people, I bake for our family dog – Panda! I know, I have a dog named after a bear. There is a funny story to that… Months before we adopted Panda, we were talking about having a dog – you know, normal questions and discussions like ‘What breed…

Homemade Rhubarb Cordial

It was Memorial Day during a pandemic….so what better to do than start making a home made rhubarb cordial that would be just about ready by mid-summer! It took about 3 days of shaking once a day for the sugar to stop settling on the bottom of the jars. At the same time, the liquid…

Tropical Salsa w/SS Ricotta Spread and Baguette

This summer has been a hot one, full of humidity, sunshine, and the opportunity to sit outside on a Sunday morning enjoying the breeze and birds chirping. It is SUMMER! The reason why all midwesterners persevere thru long winters – to enjoy these months of sunshine and green grass. That season change as the world…

Hawaiian Cole Slaw

Here’s the thing with cole slaw – when I hear that there will be cole slaw on the menu, I get images of soupy, creamy, standard mayo based…maybe too sweet, or in general, ‘I’m not sure if I want to order this because I’m not sure what I am going to get’ cole slaw. This…

Smokey Banana Pulled Pork

Inventing menus and throwing together dishes that fit a theme is a passion of mine. Creating a fun meal and experience has a fulfilling quality for me, especially when entertaining. Not much brings me that full feeling more than happy, full friends and family…especially when the food turns out great. Entertaining has been a little…

Ricotta Spread with Home Made Ricotta

I took a day off from work recently with the thought of relaxing and doing almost nothing.  From the moment I woke up, I did whatever I wanted – long walk with the dog, coffee on the coach, watching master classes, flipping channels, etc.  The lack of the ‘have to do’s’ left me open to…