Yooper Pickled Hot Pepper Eggs: B&B Style

    I have a problem.  Every single year a couple of days before Easter I tell myself I won’t go crazy on the egg-dying.  And every year I go nuts.  I remember sitting at our big old trestle table when I was a kid and decorating for hours.  My Mom is not a do-the-holidays-halfway [Read On]

How to use leftover ham and a leftover column. A two-fer.

This column ran in last year’s pre-Easter edition of the Traverse City Record- Eagle. I’m posting it here because it does two things. It has two good recipes for using leftover ham. It should make you glad that you, unlike me, did not spend yesterday morning trying to keep five sugared up boys (ages eleven and under) in [Read On]

Spicy Chicken and Cheese Calzone

Déjà Food Pronunciation: \ˌdā-ˌzhä-ˈfüd\ Function: noun Etymology: Yo Momma. (Actually, my step-momma… but I wanted to say that) 1. Leftovers.  But with a French name, therefore, more sophisticated. Among the catalog of wonderful things my step-mother, Valerie, introduced me to when she and my father married are many now-standards for me: SOB Smoothies (‘Strawberry’, ‘Orange’, and [Read On]

Extra Crispy Fried Chicken Fingers

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet from this end for the past week.  I have only myself to blame.  The weather has rocketed back and forth between too beautiful to write and too lousy to be inspired.  And when I was inspired in spite of the weather the lighting was [Read On]

Homemade Tortilla Chips Two Ways

Sometimes a gal just needs something good and greasy and salty to make her feel everything is right with the world.  This past weekend was one of those moments.  With the vehic-ules on the semi-permanent fritz, not being able to grocery shop in person (“No, honey.  I know chocolate chips are expensive, but please get [Read On]

FMC Mango Salsa

I am about to become your best friend forever because I am sharing with you the formula for the easiest and most delicious side dish ever, ever, ever.  It is so good that it deserves a ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Amen’.  My FMC Mango Salsa has its roots in desperation, as most of my favorite recipes do.  [Read On]

Spicy Saucy Black Beans

I know I promised the Spicy Saucy Black Bean recipe would be up in the wee hours last night.  I did not get to it. When The Evil Genius got back to our lair we talked, laughed, tucked kids in, and ate our way through an indecent quantity of homemade mint ice cream with deadly [Read On]

Slow-Cooked Cuban Pork: Part II, Day 3

For a brand new, printable version of this recipe that has all the steps included, click here! “I meant what I said and I said what I meant.  An elephant’s faithful.  100%!” As promised yesterday,  I am back to show you how to shred that gorgeous slow-cooked Cuban Pork shoulder that should have chilled in [Read On]