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…

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,…

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…

Pineapple Avacado Salsa

You may start to see a theme right now in the recipes that I am posting.  That theme would be SPRING!!!  It is time for every last bit of snow to be gone and the outdoors to be nice and warm.  I want to sit on my patio with a glass of wine while my…

Caramelized Onions

Absolutely love the sweet flavor that develops from cooking onions low and slow with salt, sugar and butter.  The caramelization gives the best onion flavor that can be used with anything.  It goes great on toast, pizzas, with beef, burgers, soups, salads, or if you are a true onion fan, straight out the jar. Now…

Super Simple Salsa

There are so many types of salsa when you walk into any grocery store.  I could be overwhelming if you don’t know what type you are hungry for. That is where this recipe is fun – because you make it yourself. You can take out some of the heat if you don’t want or add…

Balsamic Reduction Sauce

It seems like there are many of those new concept specialty olive oil and balsamic vinegar stores popping up around the cities.  I am a big fan of both the oil and the vinegar and all they do for all different types of foods, so I find these shops quite exciting.  I was gifted a…

Peanut Sauce

This week is all about sauces and what you can do with them.  I thought it would be fun to showcase easy things to make that will allow different dinner options than your typical store bought sauces.  To be fair and completely honest, when I work all week and want food on the table before…

Seasoned Sour Cream

The end result of this recipe is not actually seasoned sour cream, but more so some killer chips and salsa or nachos or even potato wedges or french fries.  The Seasoned Sour Cream elevates all of those side dishes and appetizers that little extra step and all it takes is 5 quick minutes to whip…

Roasted Garlic

It is amazing how scents can transform a mood, bring back a memory or excite a calm or frenzied mood in people.  I believe that garlic is one of those undeniable scents that would make even the most novice cook want to venture into the kitchen, thrown on an apron and hit the stove. This easy technique…