BBQ Rub Pork Chops


We went down to the beach the other night to watch the sunset. My favorite part of the night here is that at sunset they play “Taps” up on the bluff. Everyone stops and goes silent. It is the most amazing thing to see and hear. There are people that come here on vacation and…

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs


We got my daughter’s test back and it was negative! Yeah! She was thrilled. She didn’t think she had it but it is still a bit unnerving knowing that you can have it and be asymptomatic. Now, that she has that down she has also decided to take at least a one semester deferment from…

Grilled Kafta Kebob


We love Kafta. It is funny when we grill this out all the people that are walking by kind of stop and sniff. It smells amazing as it is cooking. All the spices are delicious! It is so simple to make too. You can top this with tahini from a jar or we make our…

Grilled Pork Tenderloin


I love the lilies that we have planted in front flower beds. Lilies are one of my favorite flowers. They are so pretty. At our home in Rochester I had white, pink, and reddish lilies that I loved. We planted these three years ago and will divide them later this summer so that they don’t…

Top 5 Recipes for June 2020


Is it really the end of June already? Where did the time go? It seems crazy to me that I am writing about the end of June when yesterday it was just starting or so it seems. Classic Hellman’s Macaroni Salad (click for link to recipe) The classic is always a great way to go…

Meatloaf: Like Grandma Used to Make


Day 67 – Listening to the CEO of my wife’s company gave us a bit of a pause. She figures there will be more weeks of furlough but he was mentioning 50/50 chance of the US falling into a depression by fall and possible layoffs in the next few months. We knew this was coming…

Grilled Asian Pork Burgers with Sweet and Spicy Slaw


Day 60 – How is everyone doing? I know many of you have been working through this as essential workers and first responders. I hope you and your families are good. We are a bit stir crazy here. Still a bit cold, in the low 30s at night and trying to hit 50 during the day….

Croque Monsieur


Day 59 – Wow! The internet is crazy lately. It seems like no one can agree on anything. Open the country. Keep it closed. Wear a mask. Don’t wear a mask. Sheep. Snowflakes. UGH!!! I am trying to avoid the news and most forms of online discussions lately because the fighting is really upsetting to…

Twice Baked Ham and Cheese Potatoes with Fried Eggs


Day 53 – Looking at the report in “The New York Times” the other day about how deaths are projected by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to be possibly double by June 1st and that cases of Covid-19 are still going up made me incredibly sad. It was one of those days where I…

Breakfast Sausage Egg Squares


Day 39 – As states are talking about ending shelter-in-place rules do you have a line when you know it will be safe for your family to go out? We are talking as a family that even if our state ends shelter-in-place in a week we will not. I am not comfortable yet sending out…

Vietnamese Pork Chops


Day 31 –  All of this shelter-in-place is starting to feel, well, normal. Some days it seems like this is the way it has always been and always will be.  And other days it seems like this has just been a horrible dream. Today is a good day for me. I am beginning to see…

Cheesy Italian Sausage Dip


Day 30 – We have one family member who is loving having us all home all the time. She is loving all the attention and that there is usually someone with a free hand at all times day and night to pet her and love on her. Her fur is amazingly soft from all the…