Bacon Rhubarb Jam

I will never forget the first time I had bacon jam (ok…I’m sounding dramatic), but really, for a lover of bacon, the flavor is quite amazing.  It was at a local restaurant called Iron Tap and they serve it on Pimento Cheese Bruschetta (OMG – so good) and what else could they serve it on,…

Turkey Burgers w/Bacon Jam

The gauntlet has been thrown down for the week…in the struggle of what to make for meals for the week, a challenge was thrown down to create a different burger every other night…can I do it? Can I make up my own burgers? Do I have enough ideas right now? To be clear, the challenge…

Sriracha Lime Chopped Chicken Salad

There is something truly fun about living in the midwest – when the seasons start to change, the weather releases the last bit of over night frost and SUMMER has arrived! Grilling becomes second nature during these months. I’m often envious of those who have outdoor kitchens in warm climates who can grill and entertain…

Fresh Green Pea Gazpacho

Gazpacho in essence is cold soup. Traditionally found made from tomatoes. I say, ‘step aside, tomato – here comes green peas!’ Nothing says spring like peas – add other items like mint and honeydew melon (and even a little heavy cream) and you have a light, but flavorful spring soup. Now, if the temps would…

Prosciutto with Mozzarella & Melon

Every time there is entertaining, I like to start with something simple and fun with just a hint of elevation. Spring is more than in the air, bringing with it the urge to find fresh meal ideas and tasty treats that are colorful and light – this appetizer does not disappoint. Although all soft in…

Guiness & Dubliner Cheese Soup

St Patty’s day is soon upon us and what screams Ireland more that Guinness and Dubliner Cheese?  Answer is easy – Nothing!!!  Many years ago, in the early 2000’s, I took an amazing trip with my cousin to Ireland.  Two young women driving around in rental car, on the wrong side of the road (and…

Mexi Turkey Burger

We’ve had a busy summer so far – between ending the school year with soccer fun every weekend, planning for the upcoming wedding, group birthdays and traveling for the holidays, we haven’t had a lot of down time.   In those seriously busy moments, I turn to my food.  Food is something easily controllable and…

Avocado Garlic Aioli

The simple touches can make a dinner special.  In the case of the Mexi-Turkey Burgers, the specialty came in the homemade flavors Aioli that topped the burger.  When enjoying the turkey burgers, this aoili replaced the creaminess of the traditional ketchup or mustard, while adding a freshness with garlic and lemon juice and just a…

Smoked Rib & Baked Bean Quesadilla

I can only take credit for a portion of this recipe – and that portion is combining everything together.  The smoked ribs and baked beans were left overs from a fun-tastic family gathering this spring.  The food spread was amazing – it included the smoked ribs and baked beans, along with chips and dips, salads,…

Classic Mojito

Making mojitos can be almost as much fun as drinking them, with the muddling of the ingredients and then enjoying the freshness of the mint and lime with the rum and sparkling soda.   To me, Mojito’s scream summer and bring back fun memories with great friends. Whether it’s a patio party day, where we…