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.
Jazz up your Valentine’s Day dinner with a simple and delicious Chicken Parmesan that can be on the table in 30 minutes!
Chicken Parmesan is always one of my favorites on an Italian menu. Problem is, there are a lot of BAD ones out there. They are either too saucy, have too much batter or have mushy chicken. I know, picky, right? But really tasty Chicken Parmesan is super easy to make at home when you have a good recipe. And it can be on the table in 30 minutes. Have I piqued your interest yet?
My husband and I having a running joke in our house about liquid smoke. Have you ever cooked with it? I have been using it for years and love to put it in the Crock Pot and baked beans. He laughs and wonders why I just can’t leave things as they are, but personally I think liquid smoke takes the flavors to the next level. Especially in these Three Ingredient Pulled Pork Sliders. They are easy, party-feeding, crowd pleasers, and – best of all – you make them in the Crock Pot.
It’s January – resolution time, right? Do you even make them? A lot of times we do and break them by the 12th of January, but this year, I made some goals for our eating habits. As in eating a more balanced diet.We’re not eliminating anything, just getting more fruit and vegetables on the table. I’m pretty lucky because Charlie will eat pretty much anything and love it. Greta…well, not so much. Fruit, yes, but getting vegetables other than green beans in her is pretty challenging. She loves the flavors of Asian food, so I thought I would try my hand with a veggie-filled Spicy Sweet Chicken Stir Fry. Guess what? She can’t get enough of it. It’s loaded with vegetables – carrots, red peppers, broccoli, pea pods – and she will eat every. single. one. of them. What? I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this earlier. The honey ginger sauce with a gentle sriracha kick has Greta asking for this Spicy Sweet Chicken Stir Fry once a week, and it’s easy for me to satisfy her request because it is SO fast to make. Add some white or brown rice and you have a tasty meal packed with vegetables.