Where do you live? Have you been enjoying a “normal” spring in your area? I am in the Midwest and spring is a rollercoaster of temperatures, weather events and emotions. For most of us “lifers,” we aren’t surprised when one day we have 80 degrees and the next week it snows. We get used to frost warnings the day after we plant our vegetable garden. Snow the day after we put away our shovels. And 40-degree temperatures drop the day after we put away our heavy sweaters. I normally don’t mind the cockamamie weather. (Mostly because it gives me an excuse to use “cockamamie” inRead More →

Are you ready for some football?  (Um, not really.)  Super Bowl XLVI will be played on February 5 in Indianapolis Indiana.  It should be a great game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots given the amazing season both teams had this year.  (Okay, I have no clue how their year went but I assume it was good since they made it to the Super Bowl!) Since I am a food blogger and not a sports blogger, I had to think of a way to make an interesting Super Bowl post today without sounding like a complete idiot.  (Or is it tooRead More →

One more week until Christmas….Yipppeee!  I am a big kid when it comes to this time of year.  I love the lights, decorations and yes, the gifts!  My husband is an awesome Santa and I’m not just buttering him up.  (But in case that will work….have I ever mentioned that he is the most wonderful, handsome man in the world?) So when I was driving the other day and heard the 12 days of Christmas, I instantly thought of him.   I started to ponder the meaning of the song and how I would react to the plethora of gifts required to fulfill that song.  (Yes,Read More →

Half-time snack, jalepeno poppers, football

Are you ready for some football?  (Um, not really.) Whether you like college football or are a fan of the NFL this is probably one of your favorite times of year.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not the biggest sports fan. I have nothing against football, personally, I just don’t get it.  When my husband is watching it, I drive him absolutely nuts with questions.  He’ll shout at the television and I’ll inquire about the referee’s call.  He’ll tell me some term like “offside’s” or “pass interference” and then I am lost. I mean the first time he screamed about a “deadRead More →

I was given a challenge this past week.  I was asked if I could post a recipe that had less than five ingredients.  Actually, I wasn’t really asked.  It was more of a sarcastic comment from a friend that I chose to hear as a challenge. Some people I know (and love) claim that their eyes glaze over when reading a long recipe.  I do admit that most of the things I cook include a lot of ingredients.  It isn’t done on purpose; it is just how I cook.   If I don’t dirty my counter and half of my measuring devices, my cooking experience justRead More →

We all know about them but many of us are scared to eat them.  The secret vegetable that grows in the dark..  They don’t have bright beautiful colors like the other vegetables so they must be bad.  And let’s not forget they carry the stigma of being called a fungus.  Poor dull Mushrooms, you never had a chance. As a former picky eater, I will admit that I got caught up in the mushroom’s bad reputation.  They couldn’t possibly taste good with that lackluster appearance. Plus everyone knows that only bright colored vegetables are nutritious and mushrooms are drab! But I am here to tellRead More →