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,…

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…

Accidental Leek Tart

There is a reason that this is called the ‘Accidental’ Leek Tart.  Let me tell you a story of our Easter holiday in Wisconsin this year.  It was to be an Easter / two birthday celebration.  The dinner included a fantastic meal and the whole weekend included much laughter. In planning the meal with my…

Cheesy Homemade Garlic Bread

Life moves really fast sometimes – where it becomes so easy for us to buy all of the pre-made frozen garlic bread and just cook that up whenever pasta is on the menu.  This recipe may take a few minutes longer than it’s frozen counterpart, but it is super easy and definitely a fresher option….

Fool Proof Risotto

Are you looking for a staple side dish that can be adapted to go with your entrees?  Look no further, this fool proof Risotto is simple to make, creamy and good, not to mention kid tested and approved for meals on any night. The question is do you use Chicken Broth or Chicken Stock in…

Grilled Stuffed Brussel Sprouts

Hint here – this recipe is not going to be much different than the Stuffed Mushrooms recipe.  Making this the same night gave me the same base stuffing for the ingredients, with very few adaptations. One thing I have realized lately is that I would post a recipe almost every week on a Brussel Sprout…

Grilled Asparagus

Are you ever looking for a super simple side dish while the burgers or chicken are grilling?  Look no further with this four ingredients + tin foil  + grill = easy and delicious! My trick with the tin foil is to double layer both top and bottom portions creating a half inch lip around all…

Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I don’t know how many times I will say this throughout the life of this blog, but I LOVE GRILLING SEASON!!!   It seems like every year I get really excited to grill and share – as evidenced by the Lamb Burgers, Vietnamese Shrimp Pops, Grilled Romaine Salad, Pineapple Salsa, Grilled Mozzarella Bread …and so many…

Sauteed Brussel Sprouts

Growing up, my father had an amazing green thumb and we had what I believed to be the worlds largest home garden.  I’m sure it is not the largest personal garden in the world, but it was certainly admirable.  My dad grew the food, my mom canned and us kids just grabbed pea pods off…