Caprese Italian Sausage

A Caprese salad is the perfect topping for grilled Italian sausage!

 Caprese salad makes the perfect topping for spicy Italian sausage! The first time I had a Caprese Salad I was on my honeymoon in Mexico of all places.  I remember it was actually part of our very first meal there.  Clearly it was memorable because that is the only thing I remember eating the entire week!  But that Caprese salad, ah that WAS good!  The soft, silky mozzarella, the fresh, thickly sliced tomatoes, the brilliant basil and … Continue reading →

Smoked Sausage with Chow Chow Slaw

Grilled smoked sausage with a tangy sweet chow chow slaw!

 Grilled smoked sausage topped with the tangiest homemade chow chow slaw! One of my favorite local events is a big Oktoberfest in the city.  It happens every year in September.  Lots of cream puffs, draft beer, and the world’s largest chicken dance.  That right there is worth putting up with Portalets!  It wouldn’t be any German festival without lots of German sausage piled high with sauerkraut!  Sausage and kraut is about the only German food … Continue reading →

Southwestern Hash

Southwester Hash with spicy sausage, potatoes, veggies and of course eggs!

This Southwestern Hash has lots of potatoes, spicy sausage, vegetables and perfectly cooked eggs! A simple, flavorful meal that is perfect for breakfast, dinner and everything in between! I didn’t always want to be a mom/food blogger.  When I was a kid, I alternated between wanting to be a ballerina, a pediatrician, a teacher and a vet.  I might be stating the obvious, but I never held any of those jobs.  I wonder, what’s the percentage of … Continue reading →

Orange Glazed Pork Chops {and a giveaway}

These pan seared pork chops are finished in the oven then covered in a simple orange glaze.

These pan seared pork chops are gently seasoned with rosemary and then covered with a subtly sweet orange glaze. I have a habit of getting rid of things very quickly.  I hate clutter and useless junk.  Everything really does have a place in my opinion.  If an item sits out for too long, then that signals to me, it is not needed and is therefore garbage.  Unfortunately this habit has come back to bite me on several … Continue reading →

Soba Noodles with Spicy Cumin Pork

Spicy ground pork served with veggies and Japanese Soba Noodles

Kicked up ground pork served along side Japanese noodles and crisp veggies! When you get ready to embark upon the voyage that is parenthood, you receive all sorts of  unsolicited advice.  People love to tell you all about sleep schedules, diapers and nursing.  And when you move into the toddler stage all you hear about is how to survive potty training and the “terrible two’s”.  There is no shortage of information on kids from birth to age 4. … Continue reading →

Meatballs and Spaghetti {And a Cook Book Giveaway!}

Meatballs and Spaghetti 2

  This meatball and spaghetti dish is a lightened version of the classic Italian meal we all love! Pasta is something my whole family readily enjoys.  I only get grumblings when I serve it with either a cheesy sauce or a tomato sauce.   In other words, my kids like it PLAIN (where they get their taste is beyond me).  I'll compromise on the cheese sauces, who needs the extra fat anyway. … Continue reading →

Cajun Pork Sliders

Cajun Pork Slider

Sliders make the perfect appetizer as well as a fun dinner idea! These sliders are made with  colorful peppers, ground pork, Andouille sausage and Cajun spices! I've had a love affair with tiny objects for as long as I can remember.  My mom had these tiny plastic babies that were 2 inches tall.  Each little doll wore a tiny crochet cap and a matching dress.  Each day I would check on my little babies.  I'd sit and stare and marvel at the fact … Continue reading →

Slow Cooker Bourbon Pulled Pork

Bourbon Pork BBQ

 It's too hot to cook but you need an idea for what to do for dinner, then get out your slow cooker! Pulled pork is so easy to make in the slow cooker!  Throw in a little bourbon for sweetness and flavor!   It's vacation time in the Lemons for Lulu household.  We are crazy enough to pile into the family mini van and drive off into the sunset in search of white sandy beaches, ocean breezes and total relaxation.  The destination will be … Continue reading →