Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes

When I was growing up, my Grandma Donna would always make twice baked potatoes for me.  They were my favorite.  So, I decided that I had better find her recipe and make some for my kids.  My version has a little twist, however.  It includes your favorite magical meat….BACON!!!!  This recipe is simple and super delicious!  Though it takes a little longer to make than a simple baked or mashed potato, it is totally worth it your time and effort.  This may even be a great recipe to try for your Thanksgiving dinner!!!

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Rice Cooker Herb Rice

Rice Cooker Herb Rice

A couple of years ago I got a rice cooker for Christmas.  It was one of the most useful gifts I have ever received.  We use at least once a week.  However, with this new recipe we may be using it even more.  I have been looking for an all-in-one side dish recipe, that I could just dump into the rice cooker.  I was unable to find a recipe that worked for my needs.  So I decided to make my own super easy recipe.  Just add the ingredients into the rice cooker and start it up.  It does not get any easier than that.  This herb rice may be the best rice that I have ever made.

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Turkey Tuesday Roundup 2015

Turkey Time

Well it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and I want to give my annual quick tips. Thanksgiving can be a stressful time for any cook. Accepting or asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It can the one thing that keeps you sane during this sometimes stressful holiday. Below I have listed a few tips and shortcuts that can help ease your stress and make your thanksgiving a tad bit more joyous.  Be as prepared as possible.  I have created a sample menu and timing that you can use to make Thanksgiving as easy as possible.  Also, there are plenty of tips from what turkey to choose all the way to how to cook a frozen turkey.  Its all in there.

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Labor Day Menu 2014

Labor Day Menu

Here is my Labor Day Menu.  All grilled, all the time.  It is the end of the summer and you and your family should spend the entire day outside.  For that reason, my whole menu is cooked outdoors.  It starts with some delicious shrimp and ends with a grilled nectarine.  Also, included is a nice grilled lemonade cocktail that will keep you socially lubricated all day.  Enjoy!

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Prepare for the perfect 4th of July

Grilled Vodka Lemonade Spritzer

This week is the busiest week of the year for most grills and barbecues.  Happy July 4th to everyone!  Get out there and make some hamburgers and hot dogs.  If you are feeling adventurous try a few of the following.  I have prepared a list of some of my favorite summer dishes.

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Turkey Tuesday Roundup 2011

Smoked Turkey

Well it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and I wanted to give a few pointers. Thanksgiving can be a stressful time for any cook. Accepting or asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It can the one thing that keeps you sane during this sometimes stressful holiday. Below I have listed a few … Read moreTurkey Tuesday Roundup 2011

Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potato

As a Midwesterner, I love meat and potatoes.  The combination is amazing!  However, sometimes it gets hard to spice up the combo.  I discovered that the Swedes have been spicing up their potatoes for years.  They fan out the potato and bake it making a mixture between a baked potato and a thick cut chip. … Read moreHasselback Potatoes

Memorial Day

Red, White and Blue Shooter AKA "Liquid America"

Happy Memorial Day!  I just want to give a quick shout out to all of the Veterans out there that have served this country. Thank you very much for all that you have done.  The United States would be nothing without you.  As for today, it is the best grilling day of the  year.  Get … Read moreMemorial Day

Green Bean Casserole from Scratch

Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

For Easter I wanted to tackle something new. Something that was traditional, but done in a new way. So, I picked Green Bean Casserole. That tasty concoction of cream of mushroom soup, green beans and crunchy fried onions. So I oven fried onions, made homemade cream of mushroom soup and even trimmed real (not canned) … Read moreGreen Bean Casserole from Scratch

Haricots Verts

Haricots Verts

There is no better side dish than a nice plate of green beans.  I wanted to fancy things up so this is my version of Haricots Verts, AKA French style green beans.  These are tasty as they are cooked with garlic and shallot.  They also have a nice little bite from from red wine vinegar. … Read moreHaricots Verts

Creamed Spinach for Two

Creamed Spinach

We are closely approaching Valentines Day.  With the state of the economy this year seems like a year for staying in and cooking.  So I have come up with a few recipes for two that will work perfect on your special night.  I am starting with the sides as they are my favorite part of … Read moreCreamed Spinach for Two