Friends, it’s all beginning! Snow. Elastic pants. Food overload. Family time. The holidays….yay!
Are you all set for Thanksgiving? Turkeys brining? Recipes ready to rock and roll? We will be hosting my in laws again this year so it will be cozy and quiet…looking forward to a wonderful day with lots of food. When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner I’m a bit of a traditionalist….aside from throwing in a fun, new salad here and there I like to stick to the basics. Classic roasted turkey. Mashed potatoes and gravy. Stuffing. Those are the basics….delicious, dependable, crowd pleasing basics. And then…in my house, there is no such thing as a Thanksgiving meal without Ina’s Spinach Gratin-I die. And a good old fashioned cranberry sauce-can never ever ever get enough. Continue reading
A couple of months ago I had the honor of attending the launch of the James Beard Foundations Blended Burger Project here in Minneapolis. The blended burger initiative aims to influence chefs to incorporate mushrooms into burger recipes, both for sustainability and health benefits. Makes perfect sense to me. And the coolest part is that this movement is being welcomed and respected to no end. From elite restaurants to classic burger joints, these blends are showing up on menus all around the world. And get this, schools throughout the country have incorporated blended burgers into their menus. Can you imagine? It’s time for change, friends, and I suppose we could start one household at a time. Continue reading
Here we have the boss of all brats: Grilled Beer Brats with Mustard Jalapeño Slaw: mastering BBQ’s since 2016.
Not much can top a perfectly cooked, fabulously seasoned beer brat. No? Yes. Yes, something can!
Happy official summer, friends! It’s a much anticipated time here in Minnesota and man can we embrace it. Lakes for days. Warmth. Homegrown produce. BBQs. Patios. Late bedtimes. Smores over a bonfire. Sandy shoes. And CORN.
Let’s just get something straight, for starters. I love Minnesota. Living here is perfect for myself and my family. But I am a gosh darn Iowa girl..and proud of it. 18 wonderful years of my life were spent in Iowa and aside from Hawkeye football…and pork…and so many other fabulous things….that place reigns supreme for homegrown corn. There’s just nothing like it. We ate it so often in the summers…and there were always farmers selling it out of the back of their trucks along the sides of the roads. Hows that for fresh? Continue reading
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! And what’s a holiday celebration without a little festive food? These little darlings are the perfect addition to your weekend plans…aren’t they cute? Continue reading
Right here we’ve got a bunch of my favorite flavors all muddled into one fabulous, stand-out meal. The tiny bit of peanut butter in the marinade takes the flavor of this juicy, smokey chicken straight over the top….the pineapple adds the perfect hint of sweet acid and the coconut rice just simply turns this number into a home run. So yum.
So these happened this weekend.
I suppose I won’t go into detail about how fall-off-the-bone tender these ribs are. I won’t bore you with the details of the sticky sauce smothered on top. And that perfect crispy char…I know you have no interest….so lets just talk for a second about how easy this recipe is to create and I’ll let you go about your day. Continue reading
Can you believe this weather, you guys? It’s finally here. And my guess is you want to be out enjoying it as much as possible…I know that is the case for me. On top wanting to spend time outdoors things are a little nuts for all of us this time of year with weddings, graduation parties, end-of-school parties and BBQs. Combine them all and it doesn’t leave much time to prepare meals, at least in my house. Continue reading
How are you planning to spend your holiday? At the lake? Entertaining at home? At a bbq? Regardless of what you’re doing I’m willing to bet there will be food involved…and that you will be responsible for some of it. If you’re hunting for some ides here are a few reliable ones that I assure you will be no fail. Continue reading