I love cooking, sharing my kitchen stories, and learning from others. I work in for the federal government, but there is nothing confusing about my food. In addition to cooking, I love horseback riding and am an advid sports fan (esp. the Green Bay Packers). Check out my blog for more recipes: http://cheesecurdinparadise.blogspot.com/
Blue cheese, roast chicken, apples and brats!!! :)
I found this recipe on Pioneer Woman's website and made it for Valentine's Day. It is so wonderful. My guy said it was one of the best things I have cooked for him! Depending on the size of the steaks you can probably get more serving out of the sauce.
We were on a much needed vacation the first part of May, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I have to say - I really did miss cooking! Anyways, I drank a lot of mango flavored cocktails in Mexico and was having a craving for mango about a week after I returned. I made this on Mothers Day, and it was very well received. Next time I am going to throw in a few strawberries. Enjoy!
Ahhh.... blue cheese. I love you. Wisconsin has been super hot this week! We wanted to grill this week, but it was a little too hot. I had a breakfast dish similar to this a few weeks ago, and decided that this was the perfect opportunity for "brinner". I love the combination of blue cheese and bacon. Throw in the eggs and this was delicious! Enjoy!
Ron and I have been on a bit of a salmon kick the last few weeks. I love grilled salmon and am always trying to find new combinations for the grill. This may seems like an odd combo, but trust me, it is delicious. Neither the mustard or the lime are overpowering. Wisconsin is getting ready for another heat wave tomorrow, and we are getting our cooler packed to spend some time floating down the Wolf River. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the salmon!
Easy poached salmon is sophisticated with a creamy caper-and-lemon sauce. This is so yummy and very healthy. My family loved it! I found the recipe at eatingwell.com
This is so good. I love playing with new salsa recipes for the summer! This one is great over grilled meat, or all alone!
This a fantastic and comforting soup for a chilly winter night. I wanted to try making an enchilada soup, but have been getting home a little later these past few weeks. In comes the trusty crockpot! This soup turned out amazing. I love that it is a set it, and forget it soup- perfect for a weeknight. Enjoy!
Ohhhh...My weakness.... I love spinach and artichoke dip. In my opinion, the cheesier and gooier (?) the better! I made this for a work party and it fits in my mini crockpot (a little bigger than the "little dipper") perfectly. It went over very well with my co-workers, and my favorite part is that it is mayo free. In warm dips I really do not like the taste of mayo.... something about hot mayo makes me a little green. This is a great dip, and it super easy to put together. Perfect for your next PACKER party..he he..
I saw this recipe at Vintage Victuals, and it looked so yummy! The picture was not deceiving because it was delicious. I adjusted the ingredients a bit and used the crockpot, but kept that wonderful onion on the top! I served this with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans. We raved about this recipe and I am sure we will be making it again. Enjoy!
I saw this on www.tasteandtellblog.com and knew I had to try it. I always like to try new combinations of flavors. While some are awesome and some are not so awesome it is always fun to experiment. I really liked this recipe! I reminded me or caramel corn, but had a smooth peanut butter taste. Enjoy!
I have wanted to make these for awhile and decided to save the recipe for Christmas so I could share and wouldn\'t end up eating them all. I am not a huge chocolate person, but these are so yummy. In addition to being yummy, they are super easy to make and always a hit. Enjoy!
I have been on a bit of a pesto kick lately. I found this recipe on the Kraft website and wanted to give it a try. I was really yummy. I liked the combination of pesto and tomato. Yum. It is super easy and quick- which is great for a weekend. I served the chicken with a little pasta, but you could sub in veggie, rice, or a nice salad. I also scaled down the amount of cheese topping (the original called for one cup) Enjoy!
Our new grill finally arrived! I was so excited I could barely contain myself. We have been grilling on this tiny little tailgating grill for the past year and a half. Heat control, warming rack, SPACE...ahhh...bliss. We had some friends over for dinner, and I needed a quick marinate. This turned out so good. The lemon with salt prosciutto is wonderful. Enjoy!
Lemon goes great with a roasted potato. It looses the a lot of the tartness, but keeps a unique flavor. Almost making the potatoes refreshing! This is super easy. You can easily do this with a regular potato- or even a purple potato (how pretty). Enjoy!
I love rustic dishes, and I thought this was a perfect way to use the beautiful kale I just picked up. Kale is an awesome veggie, and full of great nutrients. A little italian sausage, a can of beans, and the dish grew from there. This is a quick meal that is packed with flavor and
A layer dip with a greek twist!!
I love making different variations of stuffed chicken. This one was so yummy that I just had to share it with all of you.
Do not let this picture deceive you. Trust me because these pork chops are fantastic. I was in a dinner rut last week, and had limited groceries on hand. After digging around my fridge I came up with this recipe. It was a big hit at our house. You could easily use potato chips or maybe BBQ kettle chips ... yum-yum... This is super easy weeknight meal. I served this with some greens and we were set with a delicious dinner. Enjoy!
Earlier this week Ron and I were craving a cold pasta salad to go with the warm days. We recently made a chicken pesto salad and thought a retro tuna pasta salad would be perfect. I added a few different ingredients to break from the ultra traditional pasta salad. It was just what the doctor ordered! Next time I think a few dashes of curry powder would be a wonderful twist. Enjoy!
I love jalapenos. I eat them plain and usually get strange looks from people. When Ron orders nachos and asks for no jalapenos my head spins around and he then says "on the side". Smart husband. Anyways, I wanted to create a burger that captured one of my favorite peppers. This is a really easy burger to put together, and while it packs a punch, it is delicious! Enjoy!
Ron and I were craving mac and cheese this week and I threw together a quick easy skillet meal. I am definitely on tea skillet when it come to mac and cheese. I love creamy gooey mac and cheese. This recipe is super easy and heats up perfectly for lunch the next day. My recipe is not too friendly on the waistline ... but it's so delicious. Enjoy!
The great thing about this recipe is you can add any toppings you want, or keep it simple and serve them straight up.
I have to admit it.... I love tater tot casserole. This casserole was one of my first blogging recipes, but I felt I needed to update it from 2007. Usually, this recipe calls for a cream soup of some kind, but I decided that I could take care of that part on my own. I loved how this casserole turned out!
found these cookies on Pam's blog For the Love of Cooking. I thought they were so cute and perfect for a work treat today. I decided to make them a little more wild with the stripped candy kiss. These cookies are so yummy, and super easy. I added an egg to the original recipe because my dough came out a bit dry and I was looking for a soft cookie. A great treat for the day of L-O-V-E!
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