Macaroni & Beer Cheese


We went to an Irish music day at a local brew pub recently and one of the items on the menu was Macaroni and Beer Cheese. Of course my daughter had to try it. She hates the smell of beer, wine, etc… but she loves to have food cooked with them. After tasting it she…

Zopf Bread (Swiss bread)


It is March! March is a huge month in our house. My daughter, an Irish dancer, has the first three weeks pretty well booked with dancing all over the place. This week we head to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for a double Feis (Irish dance competition). She is excited because the first day is an afternoon…

Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad


Susan from Susan Loves Books (click for link to her blog!) was asking about my  Deviled Egg Potato Salad yesterday. It is actually macaroni salad that I made but I thought what a great idea! So, next time I am making this as potato salad. See inspiration for different dishes comes from all sorts of places!…

Six Big Game Day Crowd Favorites!


Looking for something different to serve at your Super Bowl party? I have gathered some of our favorite recipes for appetizers and sweet treats that will satisfy everyone on your guest list! These Meatball Mozzarella Bites (click for link to recipe) are simple to make and make a large amount all at once! They will have…

Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Ham


Our To-Go dishes made an appearance again the other day as we dashed out to head to a conference for my son. Both kids were hungry so I put together something they could eat easily in the car.  The ham was delicious but the real star of the meal is what my children call Smashed…

Blue Cheese Waffle Fries


I wish this was a better picture but french fries are hard to get into an appetizing picture. I don’t know why we never thought of making Blue Cheese Waffle Fries before. The kids love blue cheese and waffle fries why wouldn’t we put them together. For Christmas Eve we make an appetizer buffet for…

Thanksgiving – Looking for Some Last Minute Ideas?


Here are some of our favorite dishes from Thanksgiving past: Do you have something that just signifies special meals to your family?  Maybe cherished heirloom dishes or a certain child’s craft that sits on the table, even though your child is now 35?  This is ours.  It is my mother’s relish plate.  This plate is…

Traditional Craisin and Toasted Pecan Stuffing


Getting a later start to the day than usual. I went to vote this morning and the line was out the door. I have NEVER had to wait more than 10 minutes to vote. It was crazy. But, I waited and then my daughter and I went out to breakfast. So, everything is a bit…

Mashed Turnips with Bacon


I am not a fan of vegetables. Let me rephrase that, I am not a fan of some vegetables. I am getting better bit by bit. I still struggle with squashes and root vegetables but am learning if they are well seasoned or even roasted in some cases they are not so bad. Turnips are…

Poutine Baked Potatoes


When we were in Wisconsin recently we visited our favorite cheese store. We always pick up Basil Farmers Cheese and Fresh Cheese Curd. One bag of Cheese Curd was quickly eaten by the time we got home. But, I still had 3 lbs. of it. Of course the kids were thinking of Poutine all the…

Twice Baked Reuben Potatoes


While my daughter is in Europe this week, just cooking for three people rather than four has been different. My daughter has a strong dislike of onions (although she eats them far more than she will ever know), cooked mushrooms and rice. So, I have been making dishes that she may not normally like and…

Schnitzel with German Potato Salad and Red Braised Cabbage


My daughter’s birthday was two months ago. For her birthday dinner she had asked for a German dinner.  But, because times were busy then we took her out to dinner with the promise that we would make her a dinner later. Well, later finally rolled around the other night. I had taken her out for…