I don't cook as often as I used to, it's much easier to grab a bite to eat on the run than it is to spend the time cooking, not to mention clean-up time. I once entertained the notion of becoming a professional chef but after seven-years of various cooking courses, I was burnt out and decided to explore other avenues.
I still love to cook and take great pleasure in wowing my family and guests with various culinary delights and I've decided to share some of my best tips and recipes with you. So, pull up a chair and get comfortable before you go to work in the kitchen.
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I would like to point out however, that my recipes are a little different than most you will find on the web. My cooking philosophy is that food should be creative, exciting and take into account the tastes and desires of the diners. It is with this in mind that I say, "Don't be afraid to experiment with the recipes found here." I have noted any variations or alternate ingredients that I have tried. You may discover others. I would love to hear from you. What's the worst thing that can happen? You might have to throw something out. You know what professional cooks are fond of saying, "You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet."
We enjoyed a decadent evening of fine dining with the feeling of what it must be like to be treated as royalty. Being more casual diners, I recall feeling grossly underdressed and more than a little intimidated by The Firehouse Dinner Menu, which included more than a few French terms that were unfamiliar to me. The staff appeared not to notice our jeans and tennis shoes and treated us with sophisticated style and panache. The Dungeness Crab Cake was the best I've ever tasted anywhere. Updated May 25, 2008
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Frozen Pea Salad Recipe
Frozen Pea Salad is the perfect dish for a summertime meal. Versatile and cold, frozen pea salad is an all time family favorite, a delighful treat on hot summer days.
The Spaetzle Maker Saga
Have you ever needed a spaetzle maker really bad? Ok, so you don't know what a spaetzle maker is. That's ok too. These days I make Chicken Paprikash on a regular basis, my spaetzle noodles are tender and succulent, thanks to my treasured Spaetzle Maker.
English Muffin Breakfast Casserole
The English Muffin Breakfast Casserole is sure to be a family favorite with your family.
Braided Cheddar Pear Bread Recipe
Baking bread fills your home with the most wonderful aroma and has a way of lifting the spirits as well as filling the tummy. Making homebaked bread is a labor of love and it shows. My family simply raves about this bread...
Easy Baked Lasagna
Try this terrific easy to make lasagna recipe for a change of pace and for that incredible home baked aroma straight from my kitchen to yours.
Juicy Wet Burrito Michigan Style
I decided to make my own version of the wet burrito. While I could use shredded beef, pork or chicken in the recipe, I have decided to use hamburger meat because my husband and son prefer it. Doesn't matter, you can use whatever meat you desire, with wonderful results.
Just Like Grandma Used to Make! | Mincemeat Cookies
You don't have to check the weather map to know it's fall in my house. I get the urge to bake. It's almost to the point of being a compulsion. Last week I baked a triple batch of mini-pumpkin muffins. Yesterday, I couldn't stop thinking about grandma's mincemeat cookies. They were my absolute favorite.
Avoid Hidden GMOs for a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner
This Thanksgiving, the Institute for Responsible Technology says, give your family the gift of healthier eating by learning how to avoid foods made with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) with their new Non-GMO Shopping Guide. There are now 65 documented health risks of GMOs.
Create Amazing Cheesecakes for Christmas
The Cheesecake Bible includes recipes for every kind of traditional cake a baker could desire: fruit, vanilla, chocolate, citrus, and nut cakes. The book also features recipes for innovative savory treats and no-bake delights for days when it’s too hot to turn on the oven.
Poached Salmon and Creamy Dill Sauce
Fish is one of my favorite dishes, because I eat it often, I'm always on the look-out for new recipes. This Poached Salmon recipe is not only different it really is delightful.
Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce Recipe
What's Summer without a genuine Slider? As a Michigan transplant living in a small California mountain town, the only thing missing is the Coney Island. Having scoured the area for a Coney Dog, only to be forced to resort to making my own...
Homemade Salad Dressing Cake
Some of my fondest memories growing up are associated with my mother, grandmother and my favorite foods. My mother made the best chocolate cake I've ever tasted. This recipe is fast, easy and absolutely delicious.
Fall Cooking Treats - Indonesian Shrimp Crackers
Am I the only one who gets a little loony in the fall? It really is my favorite time of year. I just love the cool brisk night air, and the vibrant colors of the fall leaves, but most of all I love to start cooking after a hot summer.
Fabulous Five Cheese Layer Dip
This recipe has evolved over the years from a recipe that I have for Seven-Layer Dip. In truth I never really followed the recipe but used it instead as a guide or starting point.
Deluxe Mexican Pizza Made Easy
Try this terrific Mexican Pizza recipe for a change of pace and for that incredible home baked aroma straight from my kitchen to yours.
The Best Way to Bake a Pumpkin Pie
It's possible to make a pumpkin pie from a real pumpkin (as opposed to a canned one). But like natural childbirth, why would anyone want to do that?
Benefits of Home Canning
For more than a century, home canning has been a popular way to preserve and enjoy homegrown fruits and vegetables, not to mention fresh-caught seafood and other delicacies. One of the key benefits of home canning is limiting exposure to the chemicals and pesticides used on most commercially available produce and seafood.
Langostino Bites & Recipes
I prepared the Langostino in a mixture of butter and garlic, allowing it to cook for a couple of minutes, then served it with vegetables. It was absolutely delicious.
Delicious appetizers sure to tempt even the most finicky of eaters. Appetizers are a great way to start off a meal or give your guests to munch on at your next party or gathering.
Baking: Plan Ahead to Avoid Holiday Stress
Homemade Christmas gifts will always be in vogue. This peanut butter fudge recipe will have your friends thinking you spent hours creating it. No Fail Peanut Butter Fudge is so easy to make a child can do it.
Fall Means Apple Time
It's harvest time and there is nothing sweeter than tasting a fresh apple on a cool crisp fall day. Why not expand your apple horizons this year?
Creating Savory Chicken Paprikash -- Recipe
This is a traditional homemade Hungarian dish, which has a delightful color and warm texture, sure to become a favorite with your family...
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Ok, so everyone knows that fast food isn't the healthiest choice of food sources but being married to a fast-food-aholic, we do try to make good choices out of our limited options. Such was the case yesterday morning Updated October 14, 2006
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