Mississippi Beef Pot Roast

I need to get something off my chest – beef pot roasts and I have not always gotten along.  I have made them a handful of times and thet are always edible, but for me, there was always something missing when I attempted a roast.  I’ve tried a red wine roast where the beef was…

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…

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…

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…

Margarita Pizza

It was a warm summer night, the wind is blowing strong and warm breezes are flowing thru the house.  The typical weeknight of appreciating the workday done, grateful for the beautiful weather,  and ready to start the next experiment in the kitchen. Tonight is Margarita Pizza night!   I love this flavor combo…whether on a pizza…

Homemade Pizza Dough

There is something about the smell of dough…it is a kryptonite to me.  It does not matter if it is pizza dough or bread dough, there is an amazing magnetism to the smell of growing yeast when mixed with just enough sugar and warm water. I have played with different versions of pizza dough over…

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…

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…

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,…