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…

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…