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 →

Jalapeño Popper Beer Cheese

Jalapeno popper meets beer cheese for a spicy, creamy and absolutley delicious appetizer!

 Beer cheese and jalapeno poppers come together for one flavorful dip!   Sometimes I'm secretly jealous of all my wine drinking friends.  There is just something about holding a wine goblet that makes them look more sophisticated.  Their wine glasses could be filled with Boones’ Farm, but they would still come off looking classier than I would with my aluminum beer can.   I know very little about wine.  I wish I could talk … Continue reading →

Hot Brown Baked Potato

Hot Brown Baked Potato |

 The Hot Brown Sandwich with it’s cheese sauce, chicken and bacon have become the perfect baked potato topping! There are certain foods that are all about the filling.  My mom used to make stuffed peppers and stuffed cabbage a lot when I was a kid.  Nothing would deflate my good mood quicker than when I found either of these dinners were waiting for me. I'd eat the filling easily enough, it was the limp, soggy cabbage and the shriveled … Continue reading →

Skinny Sausage and Corn Chowder

Skinn Sausage and Corn Chowder

This chowder filled with sausage, corn and potatoes is so satisfying, you won’t even know it’s light! I just survived the great arctic freeze.  For the first time ever, I was happy I had that extra layer of fat (compliments of all those Christmas cookies) or I would’ve suffered an untimely frozen demise.  I must have had some sort of premonition as I was shoveling those extra cookies during the holidays, that someday I would be fighting for my … Continue reading →

Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Creamy,, smoky and loaded with cheese, this chipotle black bean dip will be a hit!

This  black bean dip has just a smoky hint of spice.  It’s hot, creamy and loaded with cheese! A friend of mine was asking my opinion on how much food to make for a party she was going to be hosting for a group of women.  After talking it over, we agreed it was unnecessary to make too much.  Women tend to eat less when we congregate.    We feel the need to be dainty.   Every time we gather around food we take tiny plates and make tiny food … Continue reading →

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza 1

Pizza for breakfast?  Why not! This pizza is cheesy and protein packed, calcium rich and delicious! I’m happy to be partnering with The American Dairy Association Mideast to help Feed America!  Keep reading to learn more about this and about how you can help! Each year, I make the same thing for our Christmas morning breakfast; cinnamon rolls.  To be honest, I sort of feel like I have to make them.  It’s like you have to have ham at Easter … Continue reading →

Broccoli and Ham Mac and Cheese

Ham and Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese with Broccoli and Ham is a quick and easy family dinner that is sure to please the pickiest of eaters! My kids are not the best eaters when it comes to cheese.   It started with my 10-year-old.  She ate her fair share of cheese as a toddler, but somewhere in her short life she determined that cheese was not for her.  Be it a cheese stick or a cheese dip, my oldest will turn up her nose.  She doesn’t even eat … Continue reading →

Broccoli Chicken and Cheese Soup {An Extraordin-Dairy Adventure II}

This broccoli soup is pure comfort with chunks of chicken, broccoli and of course lots of cheese!

Broccoli Chicken and Cheese Soup will fill you up and keep you satisfied! The perfect comfort food! Last week I experienced an Extraordin-Dairy adventure sponsored by the American Dairy Association Mideast.  Myself and eight other bloggers were educated on all things dairy starting at the farm and ending at the table.  We spent one entire day learning the ins and outs of dairy-farming.  You can read about that here. The next … Continue reading →

Turkey Melt with Caramelized Onions and Spicy Pumpkin Mayo {An Extraordin-Dairy Adventure I}

Turkey melt with caramelized onions and a spicy pumpkin mayo.

 This is not your ordinary turkey melt!  This sandwich is stuffed with smoked turkey, Muenster cheese, Caramelized onions and a spicy pumpkin mayo!  You may never have ordinary again!   Last week I had the opportunity of a lifetime.  Myself and eight other bloggers were treated to a dairy adventure sponsored by the American Dairy Association Mideast.  Our hosts from the Dairy Association were absolutely … Continue reading →