Beer Battered Fish Tacos


Day 25 – They say it takes 3 or 4 weeks to change habits. We have now been in shelter-in-place for 25 days. Have we changed any habits? I think so. We are a bit more patient with each other. If we snap we almost immediately take a step back and say, “I’m sorry.” We…

Air Fryer – Fried Ravioli


Day 18 – We are just waiting for the Governor to declare that the school year is over for both kids. Neither one is happy. My son has 3 Advanced Placement (AP) tests to take and I know that they were trying to come up with a plan for the students to take those so that…

Irish Fries


Day 12 of semi-isolation. We are trying very hard to not go out now. Our pantry and freezer are fairly well stocked. We made a last minute run late last night and found the coveted item – toilet tissue! We had 6 rolls at home but with three women in the house well, that is…

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…

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…