Ina’s Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel

Doesn’t this pasta dish look delicious with sweet sausage and anise flavored fennel? In my recent Food Network Magazine this was one of the recipes and feeling the need for some comfort food I knew this had to be on my menu soon. This pasta dish is rich but you can use lower fat cream … Continue reading

Pineapple Jack-O-Lanterns

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday – no stress with cooking or entertaining. Just decorate your house, inside and out, maybe dress in costume and of course hand out candy or other goodies to all the neighborhood children. For the past few years I give the kids small bags of goldfish and they seem to … Continue reading

Super Bowls with Cornbread and Chili

Two of my favorite chili recipes are  my Black Bean Chili and Chili Michigan Style (see recipes below). I also included my favorite corn bread recipe which I adapted to fit a 6-well jumbo muffin tin. Once again I found a very neat idea from a recent issue of the Food Network Magazine; this time … Continue reading

Pecan-Bacon Squares A’ La Mode

Happy New Year and best wishes to everyone in 2015!  We had a great time and stayed awake to watch the grand finale of 2014 and the beginning of the New Year 🙂     This was the dessert  I served on New Year’s Eve.   This was like a pecan pie but with a twist, … Continue reading

Chocolate Covered Applewood Bacon

I made these bacon treats a couple of months ago and they were a big hit at a card party.  This is  a recipe by the team of Patrick and Gina Neely which was mentioned in the March “bacon” issue of the Food Network Magazine.   I have changed the directions but the ingredients are the … Continue reading

Smashed Red Potatoes with Bacon Salt

I am slowly working my way through the January issue of the Food Network Magazine’s special issue on “bacon”.  I am just amazed at the recipes available using bacon besides frying it to have alongside some pancakes or in a BLT sandwich. Most of my family/friends enjoy bacon except for a few vegetarians. People in my … Continue reading

Bloody Punch for Halloween

There are so many punch recipes to make throughout the year, especially for Halloween and this punch is definitely a winner.  The special attraction to this recipe by Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman) was the frozen hand in the punch.  I have not made a “frozen hand” in a long time 🙂  This recipe was in my … Continue reading

Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese Bacon Vinaigrette

I get regular email/recipes from the Food Network Magazine and I also subscribe to  the magazine  which is always full of great recipes from some of the best chefs.  This recipe I have adapted courtesy of Guy Fieri.  Frequently his recipes are complicated but when I saw this salad I knew I had to try it.  Very … Continue reading