Happy first day of Spring!!  It is a glorious sun-shiny 20 degrees here in the Midwest today.  Brrrr!  It is hard to think of spring menus but I’ll do my best especially with the big holiday around the corner. To me it should be one of the biggest holidays of the year but like most things, I think it has lost some momentum.  People just don’t celebrate it like they used.  Sigh.  Remember how our ancestors did it…..wiggly imagination lines…..wiggly imagination lines. They would put on their Sunday best and gather around the fire.  Pats on the back would be received and everyone would cheerRead More →

“Jack Sprat could eat no fat. His wife could eat no lean. And so between them both, you see, They licked the platter clean.” No other nursery rhyme could fit my household better.  My husband is not a picky eater by any means.  He is quite adventurous when it comes to food and cooking for him is a pleasure. The only thing he doesn’t like is fat on his meat.  (Any way I wrote that sentence it sounded bad.  So for my friend Drew who is stuck in NY with Sandy I will insert the appropriate “That’s what she said” comment.) For me, fat isRead More →

Meatballs.  Did you ever see that movie from 1979?  I wasn’t feeling well the other day and it was on one of the “classic” movie channels.  (I always feel old when movies I grew up with end up on the classic channels.) I couldn’t resist cuddling up in my woobie and watching the whole thing.  I’ve seen it numerous times since I was a kid but it is fun to watch movies like that at different ages in your life.  (I never did see it in the theatre.  I was too young.) My dad had rented it on VHS in the early 80’s and IRead More →

Texas Chunky Chili

Neighbors.  Love them or hate them, they are part of your life.  I am VERY fortunate to be surrounded by one of the best groups of neighbors a gal could ever ask for.  (This is the part that I am buttering them up because I am posting one of their recipes.) We are a multifaceted group brought together by one single decision we all made and that was to live on this particular block.  (Okay, my husband grew up here so I wasn’t a huge part of the decision process but I do really like where we landed.) Last year, the neighbors  (only the reallyRead More →

Veal Oscar, Academy Awards Dinner

I’d like to thank the academy for this opportunity to write about the Oscar’s on my blog.  A foodblog isn’t a place you would normally go to read about movies and today is no different! I am not a huge “moviegoer”.  Sitting multiple hours in those uncomfortable seats really makes me antsy.  I inhale popcorn at a superfast rate and drink more soda than I’d ever consider drinking in a week!  (Seriously, do the cups need to be that big?)  Plus no one is willing to put the movie on pause for my potty breaks! I do watch the Oscars every year even though IRead More →

I know everyone probably has had their fill about the royal wedding today between Prince William and Kate Middleton.  I, personally, was getting annoyed with the news programs inundating us with every microscopic detail.   I think the only thing they didn’t cover were the style and color of her bloomers. But I confess, the first thing I did this morning was flick on the television to check out Kate’s dress.  As I watched the royal couple ride in their carriage, I shed a tear.  I always cry at weddings so I didn’t feel too dorky.   (You should have seen me bawl when Jan and MarciaRead More →

As much as I stand on my soapbox about being conscientious when making ingredient substitutions, sometimes I really surprise myself and think waaaay outside of the box or plains in this case. I had my heart set on beef bourguignon this week.  I had some beautiful mushrooms, carrots and pearl onions all ready for my recipe.   I went in my freezer to pull out the beef chuck roast that I KNEW was in there.  To my surprise, I didn’t have beef chuck roast, I had BISON!!! Why the heck do I have bison?  I had gone to dinner with some high school friends and oneRead More →

When I think of the food I prepare (and like), I don’t think I could ever be categorized as a beef and potatoes gal. And luckily for me, I didn’t marry a beef and potatoes guy so he doesn’t mind the lack of the combination in our house. Don’t get me wrong we aren’t anti-cow (I don’t want the cows writing in.  I’m not anti-potato either but I’m not worried about offending them since they can’t write letters.) Back on the topic, I should cook more beef dishes at home because for the most part preparing a steak or a burger is pretty simple.  IRead More →

I honestly can’t tell you how many times a year he asks for it.  I lose count.  I want to be a good wife and give it to him but I just don’t like it very much.  But as many of us know, you need to compromise in a relationship.   So dutifully, I promised him that I would give it to him once a year whether I enjoyed it or not. It only seems appropriate that he got it on St. Patrick’s Day, the luckiest day of the year.  Yes, today would be the day I make him Corned Beef!!! I’m not sure what IRead More →

As much as I love to cook, I still have nights that it seems like a chore.  I don’t think it is the actually process of making the food that wears me out, it is the fact that I’ll have to clean it up when it’s done. I’ve tried to leave clean up until the next morning but that is bad scenario in itself.  The dishes are harder to clean and there is no joy in waking up to a mess.  I learned the hard way that fairies do not come into the house and clean your kitchen when you sleep.  Garden gnomes don’t doRead More →