Grilled Deliciousness!

I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been on a grilled cheese kick. But I don’t do “normal” grilled cheese… I use whole wheat bread from Aldis. In a frying pan, I melt unsalted butter, and then I put the bread in the pan. I heated the shredded beef in a separate pan while the…

My Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

I used to be known for my chocolate chip cookies. Now I make brownies more often (more on that later, yum!). I used to make hundreds of cookies a few times a year and share them with all my students. You know, I need to start doing that again! Anyway, my friend and I went…

Whiskey Brisket Chili

I like to experiment with recipes, I don’t think I’ve made that a secret! So when I thought I’d invented whiskey in chili (it’s a thing), I had to throw a bunch of other ingredients together and see what happened. What happened was deliciousness! Typically when I make chili, it’s bean-heavy and I’ll use ground…

Best use for left over Pesto Dipping Sauce!

I’ve never made anything with bow-tie pasta before… What you see: Grated Parmesan Cheese 2 small sides of Pesto Sauce from my favorite Pizza Delivery Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half Salt and Pepper to taste All deliciousness!

Completely Made-Up Stir Fry

I forgot to write down the portions (harrumph!), but I do remember the ingredients for the chicken marinade: Olive oil Soy sauce Ginger (dried pieces) Garlic powder Oyster sauce Sesame oil White wine vinegar

Goulash

Before we get started, you need to know that I know my version of goulash is not the traditional version. I do not like soup and while I love stew, this is not a stew. It’s a marinara pasta dish that we’ve always called goulash. So, now you know. Ingredients: 2 mild Italian sausage links…

Stuffed Bell Peppers

When I grew up, my parents both cooked dinner. Sometimes together, sometimes on alternate nights. Mom’s recipes were tried and true; Dad’s were very inventive–sometimes gross looking, sometimes gross tasting, but always exciting. Stuffed peppers were one of my mom’s specialities and a personal favorite. Unfortunately, I don’t have her recipe and these didn’t taste…

Three Ingredient Cookies

Simple recipe, simply good. 2 ripe bananas 1 3/4 cup quick oats 1/4 cup chocolate chips bake 15-20 min at 350.

Drinking while Reading

This is my take on the Old Fashioned (based on this recipe), one of my favorite drinks! The big differences are I used 3oz of Wild Turkey 101, some cherry juice (from the jar of marashinos), and I added extra cherries (because who wouldn’t?!) For years, I’ve been mad about Marcus Aurelius’s portrayal in Gladiator but…

Baked Paprika Potato Wedges

Based on this recipe. Needed: 1 large sweet potato 2 medium white potatoes To taste: Paprika Salt Pepper Garlic Preheat at 400. Toss wedges potatoes with olive oil, mix in dry ingredients. Distribute on lined baking sheet. Bake about 30-40 min, flip, then bake another 30-40 min or until it is crispy goodness. Serve with…

Grandma’s Creamy Oatmeal

I have all these pictures of making spritz cookies with my siblings and Grandma, but I don’t really remember doing it. What I do remember is one morning waking up early and Grandma making me oatmeal for breakfast. I was used to adding brown sugar, butter, and milk after it was in the bowl. Grandma…

Drinking while Reading

My friend, Daniel, recommended Bill James’ Popular Crime. I’ve been riveted since I started page one! His thorough, if not a bit unconventional approach, sucked me in and kept me interested. Each chapter could stand alone, which makes it much easier to read (and to put down for awhile, if you’re busy at work, which I often…