Let me share my adventures and stories in hopes to inspire you.

Why pickle brine? Have you ever tasted a chicken sandwich and thought to yourself, “What makes this so tasty and tender”? The answer is almost always because it was brined. I love a good buttermilk brine ala fried chicken but for a quick brine to create that tender flavor, it is pickle juice. My family […]

February 6, 2023

Chicken Wings with KC Style Dry Rub

I love the movie “Silver Linings Playbook” and all of the references to football, especially the Philadelphia Eagles. In the movie the mother says she is going to make crabby snacks and home mades. I have no idea what the heck those are, do you? I decided to make my version of a Philly Cheesesteak […]

February 3, 2023

Italian Beef Sandwiches

Everyone loves a dip What is it about a chip and dip situation that makes everyone happy? Is it the saltiness of the chip of the combo of the creaminess of the dip with the crunch of the chip? I honestly love it all! I am a huge Seinfeld fan. Of all of the quotes […]

February 2, 2023

Spicy Caramelized Shallot Dip

Where did cheeseballs go? Back in the 60s and 70s, cheeseballs were all the rage. Then in the very foodcentric 80s and 90s they became a thing of the past. I find that shameful. I say bring them back, all the way back, disco balls and everything. A cheeseball on your party buffet is the […]

December 8, 2022

Cheese Ball for the Win!

What do you mean everything but the kitchen sink hot dish? I needed to clean out my veggie drawer before we were leaving for a few days so I put everything but the kitchen sink into this dish and it was killer! What the heck is hot dish? Hot dish is something from my childhood […]

November 10, 2022

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Hot Dish

If you are looking for a dinner party recipe that is also a comfort food look no further. Ma! The Meatloaf! I love meatloaf of all kinds. One of my favorite lines from the movie “Wedding Crashers” is when Will Farrell yells to his mom – “Ma, the meatloaf”. I don’t know why but it […]

November 10, 2022

Veal and Mushroom Meatloaf

Slow cooked braised meats are my favorite The smell of meat being braised, low and slow, is one of my favorite scents in my home. It usually means it is a Sunday and we are being total home bodies for the day. Short ribs is one of my favorite cuts of beef. When seasoned and […]

October 25, 2022

Short Ribs with Poblano Chilies and Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Not just another salad Let’s face it salad can be boring. I love all of the vegetables that are in salad, but prefer most of my veggies cooked. Do you want to make another salad? This fall slaw has changed my point of view. I love shredded brussels sprouts in a salad and you combine […]

October 25, 2022

Fall Slaw with Dried Cherries and Pepitas

Fall exploding in your mouth I love working with pork, especially in the fall. It can be intimidating to some but I think it stems from the leather over cooked pork of our youth. Pork, to me, is as versatile as chicken but with the texture of beef. It can take on the flavor of […]

October 24, 2022

Pork Ribeye with Dijon Hummus and Shaved Fennel, Pickled Okra and Dill Salad

My love of French Onion Soup goes back to the 80’s My family and I moved from Watertown, South Dakota to New England when I was a sophomore in high school. My dad transferred jobs and needless to say, I was a total fish out of water. My sophomore year we spent on the far […]

October 21, 2022

French Onion Soup – Oui, oui