Creamy Holiday Macaroni and Cheese


I call this our Holiday Macaroni and Cheese because as I talk to friends and see the pictures of all their family holiday dinners I notice that is seems just about everyone has macaroni and cheese on the menu. I noticed it in almost every picture that wasn’t a brunch picture on Easter Sunday. Almost…

Simple Taco Fries


It snowed this weekend. Yes, snowed. This calls for serious comfort food. It was 50 one day then snow. So, we are making all kinds of comfort food to get ourselves through the giant snowflakes were falling. I asked my daughter to go down to the freezer and bring up ground beef and french fries….

Favorite Recipes Revisited: BLT Pasta Salad


This recipe from 2018 is one of our favorites for Spring. It has the taste that summer is just around the corner! We have been snowbound lately and I have been dreaming of warmer temperatures. So, my mind is turning to summer picnics and salads. To battle the winter doldrums we had an Indoor picnic…

Christmas Treats: Rolo Pretzels


My daughter received an Easter treat from a family friend of pretzels topped with Hershey Kisses and M&Ms. She loved them! Then she remembered that she had heard of them being made with Rolos too. Adding caramel she knew would give that sweet & salty taste an extra boost. These are so simple to make…

Sweet Potato Corned Beef Hash


For me breakfast for dinner means a super simple meal. I love sweet potato hash but it always seems so difficult to make. It’s not. It is all in my head. I still had 3 corned beef stashed in my freezer from St. Patrick’s Day so I pulled one out the other day and cooked…

When All Else Fails: Pancakes


Last night’s dinner was to be Chicken Tetrazinni. As you can see this is NOT Chicken Tetrazinni. I had all the ingredients for Chicken Tetrazinni. In fact we had gone to the store to buy the whole milk, cream, and Parmesan cheese to make the Chicken Tetrazinni. But, I did not want it. Yes, I…

Shrimp Tacos with Coleslaw


Slowly we are coming to the end of the school year. I just finished tax season last week and needed time to pull my life back together. We are almost to the bottom of the laundry and dishes! Yeah! Closer and closer we edge towards summer and grilling out. This dish would be amazing with…

Baked Cod with Stuffing Topping


The roller-coaster weather continues. We have had 60+ degree days with lots of fog over the lake (see above), hail with lows of 20 degrees, and some sunshine. But, the snow fences are gone! That means Spring is coming. There were lots of people at the beach yesterday.  I love this time of year. Every…

Rochester Garbage Plates


No trip to Rochester, New York is complete without a Rochester Garbage Plate. These plates and their variations are offered at most fast food places in the area. The original from Nick Tahou’s is THE plate but this one from Charlie’s Restaurant (click for link to website) was perfection in my eyes. My son had…

A Relaxing Steak Dinner


I was getting tired from working all the time and looked forward to dinner each night with my family. My son decided he wanted to stay in the hotel room and rest after touring Niagara University all day. This was his first college tour and interview. He liked the campus and the people on campus…

Bar Food on Vacation


Our second night of vacation and we are having Buffalo wings! Yum. No matter where we go they are never the same as they are Western New York.  These were perfectly fried with a slight crispness on the end. The spiciness had heat but not overwhelming the flavor. Blue cheese on the side for dipping…

A Foodie on Vacation


Spring break. So, we headed out to Rochester, NY for Spring Break. The plan was I would work as much as possible in six days for the tax place I work for and my family would visit colleges, family, and friends while I worked. This was our first day in Rochester. Some Spring Break. Working,…