Stroud’s

We did a lot of traveling during Mother’s Day weekend this year. Our daughter’s college graduation in El Dorado, KS and then a trip to Kansas City to have dinner with our other daughter and son-in-law. There are so many food choices in Kansas City and I did my research picking one out for my…

Kehde’s BBQ

On a recent road trip across US 50 to Kansas, we stopped in Sedalia, MO to see where the state fair is held and to eat at Kehde’s across from the fairground. This BBQ joint is run by third generation family members who serve up their fare in an old MKT railcar. The seats are…

A Trip to the Highlands

Guid mornin! How ye lads and lassies? My son has been studying other countries and cultures this year and he really enjoys the way the Scots talk. As part of his study on the British Isles, we wanted to take him out to have some authentic fish and chips. After searching out the top rated…

Sausage Stars

Wonton wrappers…what are they? Where do I find them? What are they made of? These are all questions that popped up when I first laid eyes on these Sausage Stars. I was very familiar with eating Chinese food but didn’t realize these were the things that wrapped all the goodness inside my egg rolls and…

Chicken Piccata

I originally discovered this dish in culinary school. The word piccata is Italian and comes from a translation of the French word piqué. When used in reference to a way of preparing food, particularly meat or fish, it means “sliced, sautéed, and served in a sauce containing lemon, butter and spices”. By my estimate, anything sautéed…

Buffalo Chicken Dip

8 out of 10 Americans eat chicken wings. That is 80% of the population. A staggering 1.25 billion chicken wings will be eaten on Super Bowl Sunday. That amount of wings would circle the Grand Canyon 120 times! As you know, one of the most popular chicken wing varieties is spicy buffalo. People over the…

Stuffed French Toast

Breakfast. We’ve been told it’s the most important meal of the day. I do believe we need something healthy to start our day but I prefer that to be something simple, quick and easy. Breakfast to me is bagels, yogurt with granola or a smoothie. Here’s the thing…my family does not enjoy breakfast food at…

Cooking Temperatures

Use proper cooking temperatures to ensure safe food. Sounds simple enough right? Well, ensuring safety procedures in a restaurant setting is the vain of a chef’s existence sometimes. There are so many factors that play into the workings of a kitchen when it’s dinner rush and the staff is scurrying about to prepare and serve meals….

Morrison Meatballs

I believe my Mom picked this recipe up among her work friends when she was at General American. I have no idea who owns the original recipe but they became a staple in our house for every holiday party when I was growing up so I dubbed them “Morrison Meatballs.” Every person who tries them loves the…

Shrimp & Wild Rice Casserole

Casseroles. Who doesn’t have at least one or two in their normal meal rotation? They are quick, versatile and filling. Casseroles became famous in the kitchen of the 50’s Mom when lighter weight metal and glass casserole dishes appeared on the market. Around the same time, condensed soups grew in popularity and casserole dishes such…

Banana Oat Bread

You know those few bananas that manage to hang around your kitchen turning brown? Don’t throw them away! My kids are always grossed out by these but when I turn them into delicious banana bread they are all in. The browning is due to a process called oxidation but the benefit is that it makes…

Crawfish Étouffée

Peak season for crawfish has started for the year and my husband couldn’t be more excited. He adores these “mud bugs” made famous in Cajun cuisine. I have actually never tried crawfish before so I’ve been promising to make this dish. For this first tasting, I chose to purchase the crawfish tail meat in a…