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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…