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]

Tex Mex Rice Bowls | Frugal Dinners

There is nothing like the satisfaction that comes from a meal that hits all the right  notes taste-wise, pleases the pickiest eaters in  your house, satisfies your hunger for hours, takes five minutes to throw together, is nutritionally sound and is truly, veritably, and unbelievably inexpensive; And when I say unbelievably inexpensive I mean dirt [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]

Cincinnati Chili

So. Rain. Lots of it. And then some more rain. Add a few floods. And some more rain. A bunch more rain. Don’t forget a significant additional amount of rain. …This has been our weather pattern for the past three weeks.  Add colder than normal temperatures (with the exception of one glorious, magical, sunny, sixty-degree [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]

Ham and Cheese Stuffed Crepes | How to Make Crepes

France exports many fine culinary things; cheese, chocolate, bread and the like, but none is as well loved at our home as the merveilleuse crêpe. Crêpes are most often served sweet and dessert-like here in the States. (Think Crêpes Suzette and whatnot…) I’m on a mission, though, to bring their savoury counterpart some well-deserved attention [Read On]

Spicy Sweet and Sour Tofu

From a smarty-pants, web-savvy point of view, I ‘m doing this strangely. I should be posting this later this week so you can think of it for Friday (say for instance, if you’re observing Lent) and I should not mention that I know that… But I was lucky enough to see some pretty spectacular thunderstorms [Read On]

Creamy Garlic Lemon and Dill Chicken Pot Pies

This Creamy Garlic Lemon and Dill Chicken Pot Pie is here to wish you all a very Happy Pi Day*. *In case you don’t also occupy the Nerdosphere, I’ll explain. Today is March 14th. In other words, it’s 3.14… In other other words, it is a calendar representation of the whole number and first two [Read On]