Italian Sausage and Provolone Bread


This is one of those old-timey recipes that has been around forever. There are many variations on this that change up the meat, cheese, and some even add eggs to make a thicker filling.  This is our favorite version. Verdict: This is a great hearty bread that is perfect for a football party or a…

Whipped Mediterranean Feta Dip


Sometimes you need to have a good dip on hand for friends or just for yourself. My family loves this dip as it is similar to tzatziki and you can customize it with the exact amount of garlic you like (I always add extra!). With the cold weather and snow headed our way it seemed…

Mac & Cheese Pizza Bites


Verdict:  These were the hit of the party! Seriously. They were yummy macaroni and cheese with a bit of pizza flavor from the spices and the pepperoni, These are the perfect size for a 2-4 bite size hearty appetizer.  I couldn’t keep these on the table. They were gone in a flash. Hint: They are a…

Sloppy Joe Sliders


Simple meals that don’t take a lot of time and are generally things I keep on hand are what I strive to make each day. I don’t know about your family but mine love the Hawaiian sliders. You can either use the Hawaiian dinner rolls which are a bit larger or the little slider rolls…

Mini Greek Pizzas: Revisited


These have been a favorite of our family forever. I first had them at my sister-in-law’s house on New Year’s Eve 1996. I fell in love with them then and we made them for several years for many parties until the recipe got set aside for new items. I originally posted about them in Mini…

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…