A Small Back Story of Love My wonderful grandmother used to make Golumpki. My grandmother was Polish, and I suppose it is the Polish “Stuffed Cabbage.” When she asked what I wanted for a special dish when we came to visit from Michigan to Illinois, I usually asked for golumpki and jello cake. (See the recipe here.) I make this dish and I can still feel the love my grandmother put into it. So, with that in mind, I cannot stress this enough. Never fail to ask your family for their cherished recipes. The worst they can say is no, but I am glad IRead More →

Dinner party

Throwing a dinner party sounds like a daunting task, it sounds stressful, and if you are new to the idea, it may even sound scary. Don’t you worry, I have tips and tricks that will help you throw a wonderful dinner party. Invitations For a formal dinner, I recommend 3-6 weeks between the time the invitations go out and the date of the party. If it is informal, a few days to three weeks is sufficient. For a casual dinner party, e-mail and phone calls are acceptable ways to invite people. However, if this is a formal event, for the love of all things holy,Read More →

Campfire potatoes

This Campfire Potatoes recipe is very versatile and from none other than my husband! You can make it a dinner dish or a breakfast dish.  The amazing thing is, this dish is made of ingredients people usually have on hand. Psst….and it’s good for around the campfire. Recipe 6 Russet Potatoes (large) 2 c. Cheese 1/2 C. Canned jalapenos 1 white onion, chopped 6 slices of bacon Slice potatoes into circles. Steam them or cook them in oil. (Depends on how healthy you are trying to be.) Add onions, jalepenos, 1 and 1/2 cups of cheese (or more if you want.), and bacon. Top withRead More →

Soup Time Soup season is upon us, and I just love a good soup. I made some amazing tomato bisque, with fresh tomatoes. You use a nice heavy stock pot and drop about 8 tomatoes in a pot of boiling water. Pull them out once the skins start peeling away. Use tongs. Then what you want to do is place those tomatoes in a bowl of ice water. Once they are cool, peel the skins off. Put them back in the stock pot and add 1 tbsp butter, 3 tbsp basil, 2 tbsp minced garlic, a bit of salt and pepper. Cook on medium heatRead More →