Frito Corn Salad


I am always looking for different side dishes. This is called Frito Corn “Salad” but I don’t know if I would call it a real salad. It has corn, red pepper, red onion, and celery but is that enough to make it a salad? My son was eating it as a dip before I added…

Caprese Tortellini Salad


A moment of mommy bragging. It seems that the 2 1/2 hour drive to take my son to Latin classes has paid off. He received an award for taking the National Latin exam. He finished in the top 1/3 of all people who take the test. He was worried because he thought he did not…

Revisiting German Potato Salad


My kids love German food. The one thing both of them ask me to make for their birthday dinners are a German Feast. My son loves Schnitzel while my daughter wants Braised Red Cabbage or German Potato Salad. Anything with apple cider vinegar both of them will love. For our Memorial Day picnic I decided…

Funeral Potatoes (or Cheesy Potatoes)


Did you have one of these on your table this Easter? This is a very sad version of a butter Easter Lamb but it is the only one we could find in our area. Butter Lambs are a traditional butter sculpture on many tables at Easter in Western New York. This tradition is tradition¬† mostly…

Cheddar Lobster Stuffed Potato


My family loves seafood but we live in the center of the country where fresh seafood, I mean REALLY fresh, is minimal at best. Living in New York we took the seafood for granted. In fact we never really thought about it until we got to Michigan and it was no longer in every restaurant…

Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad)


So, you may read this recipe and think I have completely lost my mind. Mayonaisse and jalepenos in a corn salad? Yes, this was delicious. My kids gave me the cross-eyed look when I served it to them but once they tried it they were shocked at how much they really liked it. It also…

Bread Machine Bagels


Since we have moved to the Midwest there are certain foods from New York that we miss. We have been able to bring some of them to Michigan with us when we go back and stock up at Wegman’s. Spiedie sauce, Grandma Brown’s Beans, salt potatoes, Zweigle’s and Hoffman Hot Dogs, or Croghan Bologna are…

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Glaze


This was another of the dishes that I made for my mother while we were there. I have decided that I need to try and make at least one dish a week that will help her with ideas for eating on her Mediterranean diet. They may not be purely foods from her diet but at…

Mexican Coleslaw


Some days the side dishes are the star of the show. I am always looking for something new. When I first mentioned this both of my kids groaned when I said coleslaw. They both don’t care for the mayonnaise based sauce. But, I told them this had more sour cream than mayonnaise they were interested….

Garlic Potatoes Au Gratin


Having lots of computer problems in our house. My laptop is out to ¬†be fixed so I writing on my tablet. Something that I am not used to at all. So please be a bit patient with me. Yesterday was the first day of school for both kids. Today my daughter has her first college…

Blackberry Spinach and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette


Blackberries, blueberries and cherries are ready to pick here in Michigan. We have 10 pounds of blueberries already in our freezer. We prefer the blackberries fresh so when we received two pints in our CSA share we were excited. I let the kids eat one pint right away and saved the other for our dinner…

Yummy Roasted Vegetables


We have been getting quite a few beets and heirloom zucchini in our CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) box. My family loves roasted beets so I decided to try a dressing to coat the vegetables as they roasted. Verdict: My family gobbled this up. They love their veggies and this sauce gave it just a bit…