Baking doesn’t get much easier than this, folks. Measure, sift, pour, stir and bake. Done. But your reward for such little effort is this amazingly delicious Beer Bread. Yes, that’s right; bread made from beer. Who knew?
There is one item that is rarely on my grocery list anymore: vinaigrette. It is the easiest thing to whip up and takes just as long as shaking up a bottle of the pre-made stuff. Well, almost, but you get my point. I was reading my Cooking Light magazine a few weeks ago looking for new dinner inspiration and saw this Dijon Vinaigrette buried in the side bar. Once again I was reminded that sometimes the best recipes – the keepers, the ones you will make again and again – aren’t the cover photos. They are the little teeny tiny recipes that many people skip.
Here in Minnesota, grilling is always in season, even when the weather goes all Polar Vortex on us. During the winter, Pat braves the elements in his warmest outerwear in order to grill our dinner. Now I’m not going to lie; nothing about grilling in winter is pretty. There are times when he has to shovel a path to the grill. And you could argue that the headlamp and occasional balaclava are a bit extreme. But all that effort is totally worth it, especially when the reward is this juicy Guinness Burger with Irish Cheddar and Bacon.
I’m pretty sure I heard a virtual chorus of “Meeeeeeeeee!” coming through loud and clear. (Or maybe that was just me yelling very loudly??) Regardless, I second, and third, that sentiment. Thank goodness for the comforting foods of winter (and pictures of warm, sunny locations on Pinterest). Without those things, I’m not sure I’d make it to spring.
Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of my favorite cheesy indulgences. I may even go as far as to suggest them for my kids’ lunches on weekends, just so I can eat one myself. After all, I always tell my kids that I’m not a short order cook, and we all eat the same food. Practice what you preach, right?
My kids put ketchup on their grilled cheese sandwiches so I knew this Grilled Gruyere, Cheddar and Olive Tapenade Sandwich would be a hit because of the sun-dried tomatoes in the tapenade.
If you follow us on Instagram, you might have seen last week’s pictures of sun and sand and guessed correctly that I was NOT in snowy Minnesota. I just got back from a heavenly, sun-soaked week in Mexico. Which, of course, means mucho golden margaritas! My family has been going to Mexico for the past 20 years, and my dad was lucky enough to get his hands on the house margarita recipe. Today is National Margarita Day, a holiday that just begs to be celebrated, especially when we have 10 fresh inches of snow on the ground in this never ending winter. The Golden Margarita is a simple, tasty classic that needs to go to the top of your must make list. Once you have one of these, you’ll never go back to the bottled mix again.