Recipes

Cooking Up New Family Favorites: Homemade Mac-n-Cheese

Recently, my son came home from college to spend a couple of days with us. Being mildly obsessed with cooking and overly excited to see my son, I asked him within 10 minutes of his arrival, "what can I cook you for dinner?" I got the typical 15-21 year old response, "I don't know." I'm… Continue reading Cooking Up New Family Favorites: Homemade Mac-n-Cheese

Chicken · Recipes

Turkey Vultures, Commodities Markets, and Where’s the Beef?

Last week, I was riding in the car with my husband and a friend, when all of as sudden a giant black bird landed on the road in front of us. My husband and my friend both asked, "what kind of bird is that?" I immediately responded, that it was a turkey vulture, but that… Continue reading Turkey Vultures, Commodities Markets, and Where’s the Beef?

Recipes · Side dishes

Re-post Potato Love: Simple Roasted Potatoes

I know I posted this not too long ago, but now that fall is here, you can turn the oven on and cook to your hearts content! I am having a small dinner party this weekend and these are on the menu, along with halibut and braised short ribs....two very different things, but the potatoes… Continue reading Re-post Potato Love: Simple Roasted Potatoes

Duck · Recipes

Perfect Fall Recipe: Apple Teal (Duck)

Perfect appetizer! I have convinced 3 more doubters that duck is good...no, very good! My husband hasn't been much of a duck hunter since I've known him. A family friend convinced him to go hunting last Thursday. I nicely begged-demanded (if that's possible) that he bring me home a duck because I had a recipe that… Continue reading Perfect Fall Recipe: Apple Teal (Duck)

Cake · Frosting · Recipes

7 Minutes to Healthier Frosting

Oh happy cake day! Okay, stating that frosting is healthy may be a little over the top, but there is one frosting that does stand out above the rest. Move over butter cream, there's a new (old) frosting in town. Since I can remember my family has baked their own cakes. In fact, my parents… Continue reading 7 Minutes to Healthier Frosting

Fish · Recipes

Crabby Patties: Midwestern Fish Patties

What do plankton, crabs, starfish, sponges, and an octopus all have in common? They all eat Krabby patties! Okay, maybe I've watched a little too much Sponge Bob (4 kids will do that to you), but it got me thinking; what would a mermaid eat? From most folklore tails, mermaids are beautiful and beautiful creatures… Continue reading Crabby Patties: Midwestern Fish Patties

Appetizers · Recipes

Cruel Summers

Boy was it hot this past week! Despite upper ninety degree temp’s camps, parades and outside games go on. Last week my two youngest kids participated in day camps and parades. I ended up spending more meals than I am used to eating alone and I didn’t like it! It reminded me of the eighties… Continue reading Cruel Summers

Cookies · Recipes

Here Chicky Chicky Chicky…Fighting off the Wild Things with Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not so fast foxy loxy!  Would you like a chocolate chip cookie? These chickens are 11 days old.  Amazing! They are huge already. Granted they are fryers and they grow quickly. I've had chickens twice now. Both times they were all layers. All were lost to the local Foxes, dogs and telephone man (I'll save… Continue reading Here Chicky Chicky Chicky…Fighting off the Wild Things with Chocolate Chip Cookies