it’s been a short while… two+ years

Gosh my goals when I started this blog in 2014, was to just try to keep up. Maybe post one blog a week, or two… Sigh, I realize my last post was April 2016. Fast forward to over two years later… it’s been busy! As I updated in the About section, since that time, we…

the real breakfast of champions- Vitamix smoothies

I’m obsessed with the Vitamix we’ve now had in our kitchen I think one month or so that we were easily sold on during the usual trip to Costco (how stuff gets into the basket and makes it home, I’ll never know). I’m a professional blow-out blender girl (kitchenaid, cuisinart, black-n-decker) so I’ve been dreaming…

risotto, beer, broth and bok choy

Because we still have SB beers around, my broth needs a purpose, and the bok choy needed to be used and I was craving risotto. Yes I know Bud Light probably isn’t the best option. Next time we’ll try Stella…  I can make risotto with my eyes closed I’ve made it so many different ways…

dark cocoa brownies

Recipe from Alton Brown. They are amazing! If you like dark chocolate you MUST make these! I made them for our SB50 party and then again for Easter.  Comments include “they are sooo dark” (they look almost blue!), “you can only eat just one” (they are so rich) and my personal fav “those brownies are insane!”…

turkey meatloaf with kickin’ sauce 

My inspiration. Rain again. Wanting to make meatloaf since I realized last time around was two years ago. Sour dough bread around. Kickin’ sauce still available… Why not turkey loaf with kickin’ sauce? Of note, I’m not a fan of ketchup so using my own sauce instead is the plan. And since your own sauce…

grilled pork chops with apple wine chutney

Pork loin chops always bring to mind, apples. Could be the midwest in me, but I need to have some sweet with my chops. And in this case, a little wine to the mix didn’t hurt!  

kickin’ sauces and dishes that sizzle with them

Two kinds of kickin’ sauces combined to make the ultimate sauce. Started out making chimichurri sauce for some flank steaks and then the next day made what was supposed to be ketchup but it turned out to be much more than that as a base sauce you can play around with. Combined the chimi and the…

mexican SB chicken chili

Chili I got you down. I’ve never made so much chili in my life this year, with all this rain and excuses to curl up on the couch and warm by the fire… This time it was for our SuperBowl 50 party. Shredded chicken (from my broth), fresh corn on the cob, onions, cilantro, black…

lalalasagna!

For this, I did look at lot of recipes and then forged my own ideas. Nothing in particular caught my eye. My inspiration was cottage cheese that was around, fresh bone broth I just made (providing shredding chicken) and I just wanted to make lasagna with chicken (again all this rain!). The last time I…

vodka penne 

It seems that when I’m really craving vodka penne I have to make it, as I can never seem to find it on any restaurant menu anymore. I needed to bone up on how to make it (I made it I think 4 years ago last time and it was amazing!), so I referred to…

let a bundt cake do the talkin’

Recipe inspiration came from “Two Peas and Their Pod” when researching homemade chocolate bundt cake and yes the commercial jingle I’ve know since childhood inspired me as well (“a bundt cake says nice going and I’ve been thinking of you, but more than any other thing, a bundt cake says I love you!”). I adapted my…