Homemade Chip Dip Mix

I’ve been on a bit of a chip-dip binge lately. I’ve tried pretty much every brand of onion soup mix and dip mix that’s out there. Some of them were good, some were nostalgic. And unfortunately, some tasted way tooRead more…

Chicken and Rice Casserole – a 30-minute meal

It’s not fancy – it’s COMFORT FOOD!It all started out with a hankering. Now, you have to know that if you have a hankering for something, it’s not going to be something highbrow. No one hankers for escargot or searedRead more…

Cheesy, Spicy, Sweet and Nutty Snack Mix

I’ve always liked Chex Mix, but I’ve never really found that ultimate recipe that I wanted to make over and over again. Until now. The inspiration for this creation was traditional Chex Mix, of course, but also a popcorn mixRead more…

Affogato alla Donna

Why yes, that is a purple coffeemaker.Some recipes seem so simple, they shouldn’t even be recipes. That’s how I felt when I heard about affogato. It’s a classic Italian dessert that’s pretty much just ice cream with a shot ofRead more…

Roasted Red Pepper Spread for Can-It-Forward Day

I’m by no means an expert canner, but I’m pretty adept with pickles and jams and things involving tomatoes. But I don’t fly solo – canning is a science, and you need the right level of acid and salt soRead more…

Pecan Praline Almond Cookies

These may be the absolutely best cookies I’ve ever made. I’m serious about that. Oh, I love chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies and other cookies just fine. But these cookies are different. The texture is at the sameRead more…

Beer Cheese Burgers

Cheese! Cheese! CHEESE!!!I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, under the shadow of O’Hare airport’s many flights, and just a few blocks from the entrance to the tollway that led to the Mecca of cheese – otherwise known as Wisconsin.Read more…

Butterscotch Ice Cream

Yes, I do make a lot of ice cream. So you’d think I wouldn’t needing any more ice cream books. But here’s the thing. I seldom make the same ice cream twice. Oh, I make chocolate a lot – butRead more…

Lemon-Basil-Dill Salad Dressing

I love trying new products. I’m always scouring the grocery store for things I haven’t tried yet. I’m always throwing things into my cart with no clue how I’m going to use them. I bring them home and use themRead more…

Magical Shell

You know that chocolate sauce that you buy at stores and pour on ice cream and it turns into hard shell? It’s magical, right? And now, I have the magic! When I got my paws on the new cookbook, BigRead more…

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…