Cincinnati Chili Empanadas

This post makes two deep-frying posts in a row. Does this break some sort of variety rule? Does it count that one of the recipes is a mere snack? Here’s the thing. I didn’t stop at two. I had three days of deep-fried goodies in a row. Why, you ask? Have you heard of the [Read On]

Sesame Wonton Crisps

KEY-RrrrrrrrrrrrUNCH! Oh crispy things, how I do love you. Shattering, noisy, shedding crumbs from both sides of the mouth. That is what a snack food is meant to be. And within that crispity, crunchity category there is a hierarchy wherein salty crunchy things are in firm possession of the throne. It is pretty common knowledge [Read On]

Cinnamon Rolls on a Stick

Why is it that when you put food on a stick it tastes better? This isn’t just a Minnesota/Midwest thing. This is worldwide. Every country on earth has a favorite food-on-a-stick. Is it that we all secretly want to be Paul Bunyan, able to uproot pine trees and use them as toothpicks? Do we all [Read On]

Ultimate Guacamole

I adore guacamole. I eat it on tortilla chips, pretzels, in burritos, on hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, over rice, by the spoonful… Whatever is the fastest and most efficient delivery system available to get the guacamole from the bowl to my mouth is the one I’m going to choose. This is one of those foods that [Read On]

Ham and Cheddar Stuffed Pretzels

This recipe ran as part of my column in today’s Traverse City Record-Eagle. Yes I am obsessed with soft pretzels. And with shoving ham and cheese into things. Why do you ask? Is it because of this? Or this? Maybe this, this, this, this or this? Okay, that last one is bacon, but really? It [Read On]

Taste of Home Old Fashioned Ham Balls

Ham Balls. Could there possibly be a less appealing sounding name for a dish?* *Perhaps. But it would have to be exceptionally gross… Maybe “Repurposed Egg Salad” or “Blood Sausage”.  You get the idea… Let’s be honest, they’re also not the purtiest meatball on the block. They’re brown on the outside, but they’re a pinky [Read On]

Bunny Bread

Let us observe the Easter Bunny in his natural habitat… See how relaxed he is in the vegetable patch? The serene  -if vacant- look on his face?  He is surrounded by his favored nourishment; cucumbers, peas, carrots and his own entrails.  Wait. His own entrails? How can this be? The Easter Bunny’s tummy has been [Read On]

Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites

  You might have noticed I have a real thing for soft pretzels. Usually, I whip up the savoury variety (here or here) but my kids are partial to the ones you see up above.  Chewy little two-bite pretzels tossed with butter and cinnamon and sugar. I know I’ve mentioned how popular other varieties of [Read On]