Sweet ‘n Spicy Crunchy Crumb-Coated Chicken

I love a good challenge, so when the folks at Honey Bunches of Oats asked me if I’d like to adapt or create a recipe using their product, I decided to create my own masterpiece. And this is truly aRead more…

Cheddar Potato and Vegetable Salad

When I lived in Chicago, there was a Polish deli right down the street that was my go-to for last-minute goodies. One of my favorites was something they called jarzyna salad. Saying it in a foreign language makes is soundRead more…

Jeremiah Weed Sarsaparilla Slushie

When I was offered some Jeremiah Weed whiskies to try, I wasn’t exactly sure what it was. I mean, I know what whisky is, but I hadn’t tried this particular brand. There are three flavors, spiced, cinnamon, and sarsaparilla. IRead more…

12 Hot Dogs that are Anything but Ordinary

Hot dogs are great steamed, grilled, pan-fried … and in a pinch you can heat them in the microwave. You can cook them creatively. You can omit the bun. You can top them with all kinds of crazy things. InRead more…

Raspberry Vinaigrette

A while back, the Oregon Raspberry Blackberry Commission contacted me about writing a post about their berries. Specifically frozen berries. I made a few recipes and they were good, but for one reason or another, I didn’t want to postRead more…

Chicken with Sunflower Butter, Lime, and Sriracha – a slow cooker recipe

A while back, I posted an ice cream recipe made from a chocolate and sunflower seed butter that I got from a local company called Good Luck Chuck. While I was pretty fond of that recipe, I have to sayRead more…

Tomato Salad with Thyme and Honey

When I was a kid, my mom made a salad that was incredibly simple: it was nothing but sliced tomatoes, salt, black pepper, white vinegar, and white sugar. It almost sounds too simple, right? The fanciest ingredient was the farm-freshRead more…

Greek-Style Cauliflower

Looks normal, but the flavor, but the flavor will surprise your guests.This might be one of the simplest recipes I’ve posted on this blog, but it’s really, really, really good. The funny thing is that after all the cauliflower thatRead more…

Artichoke Heart and Red Pepper Salad

I adore artichokes. I like them stuffed, and plain and I like the hearts in recipes or pickled or in salads. In this case the artichoke hearts are totally the star of the show. The lemon juice adds brightness, theRead more…

Frozen Banana Daiquiri (and a Mocktail!)

The original daiquiri cocktail was nothing more than rum, a little sugar, and lime juice. That’s it. But cocktails evolve, and people fiddle. I certainly like to fiddle with drinks. It’s fun and it’s usually tasty. This banana daiquiri canRead more…

Italian Sausage Sandwiches with Honey Balsamic Glazed Onions

I love Italian sausage, if it’s the right kind. As an ex-Chicagoan, I want fennel seeds in my “sweet” Italian sausage. It’s not really sweet, like sugar, but the sweet designation lets you know that it’s not hot sausage. WhichRead more…

Rum No-Raisin Ice Cream

Quite some time ago, when my husband and I went on a Caribbean cruise, we enjoyed plenty of sun, sea, and rummy tropical drinks. Rum wasn’t in just the drinks, though. Rum raisin ice cream was on the dessert menuRead more…