Baked Cod with Stuffing Topping


The roller-coaster weather continues. We have had 60+ degree days with lots of fog over the lake (see above), hail with lows of 20 degrees, and some sunshine. But, the snow fences are gone! That means Spring is coming. There were lots of people at the beach yesterday.  I love this time of year. Every…

Rochester Garbage Plates


No trip to Rochester, New York is complete without a Rochester Garbage Plate. These plates and their variations are offered at most fast food places in the area. The original from Nick Tahou’s is THE plate but this one from Charlie’s Restaurant (click for link to website) was perfection in my eyes. My son had…

A Relaxing Steak Dinner


I was getting tired from working all the time and looked forward to dinner each night with my family. My son decided he wanted to stay in the hotel room and rest after touring Niagara University all day. This was his first college tour and interview. He liked the campus and the people on campus…

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…

A Foodie on Vacation


Spring break. So, we headed out to Rochester, NY for Spring Break. The plan was I would work as much as possible in six days for the tax place I work for and my family would visit colleges, family, and friends while I worked. This was our first day in Rochester. Some Spring Break. Working,…

Simple Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas


How to tell when you are getting old? Something like a new garage door really excites you. Seriously. I was so excited to pick out a new door. The one that was on when we moved in was white, rusty, and the lift had finally died earlier this winter so I was stuck parking my…

Braised Red Cabbage (updated)


If you asked my children the star of this plate was the Braised Red Cabbage (click here for link to original recipe), although the German Meatballs and Spaetzle were good too (click here for link to recipe). There was not a bite left at the end of dinner.  They love red cabbage. My house smelled…

German Meatballs with Spaetzle


This dish was steaming HOT when I took the picture so it looks a bit hazy. My daughter came out of her room just before we were serving dinner and said, “It smells amazing in here!” It did. The apple cider vinegar and bacon combined with the sour cream and meatballs? Heavenly. My kids are…

Ham & Potato Cheddar Chowder


I love soup. It just warms me inside. If I have to pick a side I will choose a soup, especially a chowder or stew. I love the textures and flavor of just about any soup. Especially with warm bread and butter to dip in the bowl. Yummmm. We have a Zoup and Panera Bread…

4 Delicious Dishes Made with Corned Beef Leftovers


Everyone have their corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day? We love corned beef and cabbage and I buy 4-6 briskets when they are on sale this time of year. You don’t need to just have brisket. The leftovers can be made into so many things. Sometimes I will even cook an extra brisket…

Salad Bar Fixings


Hi all! I have been down with an awful cold and the busyness of life lately. I have been sleeping every moment I can to try to feel better. I am getting there except for the weariness that seems to just seep into my bones. I am not sleepy just sore and tired. Meals have…

Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry


It seems March Madness for us has to do with our schedules. Between dance for St. Patrick’s Day (the life of an Irish dance mom), a play, festival for Orchestra, work (I am still doing taxes), and just general life we are super busy. Still looking to keep dinners simple and yet still tasty. I…