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…

Simple Taco Fries


It snowed this weekend. Yes, snowed. This calls for serious comfort food. It was 50 one day then snow. So, we are making all kinds of comfort food to get ourselves through the giant snowflakes were falling. I asked my daughter to go down to the freezer and bring up ground beef and french fries….

Bar Food on Vacation


Our second night of vacation and we are having Buffalo wings! Yum. No matter where we go they are never the same as they are Western New York.  These were perfectly fried with a slight crispness on the end. The spiciness had heat but not overwhelming the flavor. Blue cheese on the side for dipping…

Beer Battered Cheese Curd


  Every trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin we stop at a local cheese store. Very rarely does our order change. Three blocks of basil farmer’s cheese and three large bags of fresh cheese curd. If you have never had cheese curd when it is fresh it “squeaks” as you eat it. It slowly loses that sound…

Enchilada Verde Nachos


I was looking for a simple bar food type of meal to serve the other night. I was thinking enchilada verde but didn’t want to take the time to roll all the enchiladas and bake them. So, we did a nachos version! Verdict: These nachos take a bit more work than regular nachos to make…

Easy Barbecue Chicken Nachos


“Some days are like that, even in Australia,” is a sentence that is said around our house on bad days. It is from the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Everything goes wrong for Alexander all day long. Maybe things are better in Australia?  At the very…

Pulled Pork over Cheesy Fries


After two months my son has decided he likes being a vegetarian but he is not going to be as strict about it he has been. He wants to continue to avoid meat but will eat meat if that is what I serve. I am going to try to cook vegetarian or pescatarian most days…

Deep Fried Ravioli


Today is the kids last full day of school before summer vacation. We have had concerts, rehearsals, competitions and a thousand other things over the past month. We still have a few busy weeks ahead but I see an end in sight. One of their favorite things about busy times is to have appetizers for…

Nachos with Beef


My kids really wanted to go out to eat.  Being just over a week to Christmas Day the budget cried, “No.”  So, we started to brainstorm about what we could make that would make them feel like they were going out.  They wanted nachos, soda and dessert. I started Googling restaurant style nachos.  Every single…