Crispy Baked Potatoes


These are one of our favorite side dishes that I have been making for almost 25 years. The kids love the crispy potato crunch and I love how easy they are to make. The hardest part is slicing the potatoes thin enough to be super crispy but if you have a mandoline that makes it…

Football Party Foods


Football is coming to an end soon. Many will be celebrating with Super Bowl parties. I pulled together a few of our favorite party dishes that may be a bit different from ordinary football food. Starting with a salad bar.  Think about all the heavy food that is normally served at a Super Bowl party….

Glazed Slow Cooker Meatballs


My family loves these meatballs. We usually make them with grape jelly and chili sauce but our local grocery store was out of chili sauce. I had read that you could substitute barbecue sauce. I was hesitant on changing the recipe as my family really loves the chili sauce meatballs but what would they say…

Velveeta Queso Dip


This is a recipe that has been around for a long time. This is the recipe my mother-in-law used in the 60s-70s. She had been to visit her cousin in Texas and had “Tex-Mex” for the first time. She brought this recipe back to New York with her and it was a hit. We had…

Cuban Hawaiian Roll Sliders


We have had some amazing sunsets lately! The waves have been wrecking the shores but the lake is almost 13 inches higher than the last few years so it is expected. Not wanted, but expected. The beach along this shore is gone and the metal wall can be seen all along the shore trying to…

Mexican Sour Cream Dip


In the season of family get togethers and last minute guests having a dip you can pull together in no time can be a life saver. This dip is best if it sits for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator but it can be served as soon as you make it. This would also…

Chicago Again?


This last weekend was a super busy weekend. On Friday the organization that I chair was part of an Art Hop. In the  downtown area many of the local businesses were open with art displays, information on businesses and organizations, and snacks. It is lots of fun and the artist for this exhibit was super…

5 Dishes for Game Day Good Eats!


Looking for a few game day treats for your friends and family or a gathering of teens? Any of these 5 dishes can make your gathering a hit! Looking for something hearty yet simple? These Italian Sandwich Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls (click for link to recipe) are a perfect game day treat. I don’t know…

Buffalo Chicken Dip


Some nights we have an appetizer dinner. Little bites can be fun and a super simple dinner if you make things “semi-homemade.” This dip can be made with slow cooker chicken, or leftover chicken, or a shredded rotisserie chicken from the grocery store on a busy day. No matter the chicken you use it is…

Mini Baked Corn Dogs


We love having appetizer dinners every once in awhile. I am always looking for new ways to cook things or combine different flavors. My family has been on a HUGE corn dog streak lately for lunches. They are fine but they are deep fried and not the best for you. I thought I would try…

Egg and Feta Bites


Another appetizer for dinner night in our house. The heat index is over 100 so we are trying to eat a bit lighter. These are perfect for a savory bite. Using pre-made shells make these super simple to make! Verdict: My house was divided on these. My daughter thought they were okay, she wold have…

Crostini with Goat Cheese and Toasted Walnuts


One of the things we like to do, other than grilling in the summer, is have appetizers and a drink before dinner.  Sitting out with a glass of wine or sangria and a few simple bites can almost be a complete meal on those super warm nights. This is a simple bite that is one…