Saturday, January 31, 2015

Marinaded Beef Tips

Looking for that appetizer to help make your Super Bowl party pop!  Well, I may be a little late on the planning, but just in case - here you are - Marinaded Beef Tips!!! 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Caramelized Onions

Absolutely love the sweet flavor that develops from cooking onions low and slow with salt, sugar and butter.  The caramelization gives the best onion flavor that can be used with anything.  It goes great on toast, pizzas, with beef, burgers, soups, salads, or if you are a true onion fan, straight out the jar.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Avocado Cream Cheese Wontons

We have been so set on weeknight dinners lately that we have forgotten the glory that is appetizers.  That perfect little bite to satisfy your taste buds that you get to use either your fingers or a tiny fork!  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Browned Butter Chicken

About six months ago, we were trying to figure out what was going to be for dinner, but I was feeling uninspired.  Maybe that isn't something that I should admit on this blog, but it happens to the best of us.  Days can get long and balancing everything from work to home to cleaning to homework to dishes to birthdays to dinner to after school activities to....well, I could go on.  I imagine a few people reading can relate.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fool Proof Risotto

Are you looking for a staple side dish that can be adapted to go with your entrees?  Look no further, this fool proof Risotto is simple to make, creamy and good, not to mention kid tested and approved for meals on any night.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ginger Lime Martini

This won't come as a huge surprise, but there is another food out there that I love to cook with - That food is GINGER!  Mix that with martini's and life shoots way past good into GREAT / WONDERFUL / AWESOME territory. 
Don't know about all of you, but there is something about a martini or maybe it is the martini glass and simple sweet and potent.  Could be all of the years watching Sex in the City, but there is nothing better than a simple drink in a cool style glass.

Friday, January 16, 2015


Growing up, my mom would make this Manicotti on special occasions.  We all loved this meal - wonderful flavors, very filling and great re-heated (if there are any leftovers).  I can still picture the large kitchen island and me and my brothers fighting over the spinning chair when waiting for dinner.  We had many meals around that island.

The best thing about this recipe that made it a family favorite is that the ingredients were all fairy common when on their own, but when combined, have a depth of flavor that appeases all parts of your pallet.  The creamy freshness of the spinach and cottage cheese, the heartiness from the ground beef mixed with the richness of the tomatoes, and finish that off with the cheesy goodness that every Wisconsinites meal needs - this is a masterpiece.  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sauteed Mushroom & Kielbasa with Ravioli

This perfect weeknight meal isn't anything special by way of creating anything from scratch, but it IS a great way to elevate your standard pasta and sauce combo from the store.  For me, it is the best type of meal after a long day of work - slice a few things, boil a few things, heat others...and boom - you're done!  

Friday, January 9, 2015

Super Simple Salsa

There are so many types of salsa when you walk into any grocery store.  I could be overwhelming if you don't know what type you are hungry for.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Easy Homemade Pancakes

Saturday & Sunday mornings are some of the best times in the world!  The sun is shining when you get up (only because you get to sleep in), the coffee is hot and open for whip cream topping (a luxury only reserved for weekends), and a fun time snuggling in bed or laughing over something funny seems endless. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Mushroom Swiss Burger Soup

It's cold and soup is where it is at for the next unknown cold months.  Trying to mix it up this year and make more soups.  The inspiration for this soup came from wanting a burger, but not really wanting a burger.  I know that doesn't make too much sense, but stay with me because the end result worked out really excellent!