Making Tamales & memories…

Greetings fellow foodie friends! It’s mid-November here in Minnesota and we’ve yet to really see any Winter, which is just fine by me! But, my body-clock knows it’s almost here, because I am craving soups, macaroni & cheese, any pasta dish for that matter and bread and cheese. Oof! I’ve decided that instead of being…

Silver linings…

Once upon a time, there was a girl that really didn’t know how to cook.  She met a boy, who did and decided she wanted to try to impress him, with her cooking prowess. She failed, miserably. Read on… As a kid, I learned how to “feed” myself & my little brother, out of necessity basically….

Brine that bird Baby!

(the above picture was from my #summerofsalads post on Chicken salad but it’s a good representation of what your Brine will look like once you’ve placed in the bird) Hey there!  It’s the week before the big feast and I am sure alot of you are starting to think about how you’ll prepare your bird…

Summer of Salads, Chicken…

Prior to getting my smoker, Smoked Chicken would be something I would rarely get the opportunity to enjoy, but when I did…oh, I did!  So, this year when we picked up our portion of chickens from our friends in Hugo that raise & process them for us, I knew some of these little babies were…

A family recipe, Hunkie Ribs…

Greetings food-lovin’ friends! Yes, I know I’ve been away awhile…I have been busy with family & work… the kind that pays the bills, so sadly my food blogging has taken a back seat this past month.  I have also been getting ready for a couple great blog post series for the Summer, that I hope…

Curried Chicken & Couscous…and the winter that won’t end!

Sorry I’ve been away for awhile…priorities have gotten in the way of fun…work…taxes…family…cats…you know, LIFE!  🙂  I feel like we are drowning in snow, here in Minnesota.  We’ve had 6+ inches of snow this past week (to add to the two+ feet on the ground) and today we are under a Winter Storm Warning currently with…

The day my life changed, 13 years ago…

I became the mother of a teenager this week.  Wow, that truly boggles my mind.  I remember waiting for her arrival, just 13 short years ago.  She was late…not surprising, she likes to take her sweet time with most everything!  I remember feeling like she’d never get here and then after waiting what seemed like…

Balsamic & Fig rubbed Chicken & a Beatrice update…

Well it’s been an interesting week here; the previous frigid cold temps have been making me want to eat comfort food everyday and now it appears as though we are plunging back into the deep freeze after a lovely three day hiatus!  I’ve got some oh-my-gosh-they-are-so-cute-I’m-gonna-die pictures and updates of our adorable new family member,…

Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken & my #straycat Beatrice….

The days of January, started slow enough, but as the month wains, the days are seeming to go by quicker & quicker.  I have been up to my elbows in paperwork, getting ready for tax time & trying to get organized.  I love the fresh new year…I love the feeling of a clean slate…I get…

Beer for a Year, month seven…

Rhubarb Beer Jam & dinner…… Hey beer lovers!  This months beer is Summit Sága IPA described by Summit as a beer with “Epic hop character”.  I love anything that is referred to as “epic”!  Usually I am not a fan of big hoppy beers, but this one is so clean & bright & fresh, that the first…