Three Bean Salad

This salad has been around for years and shows up in many varieties depending on the choices of the cook preparing it. I remember trying three bean salad when I was younger and I didn’t care for the wax beans. I told my Mom your food should not squeak against your teeth when you eat…

Cheryl’s Taco Salad

This is the recipe for my Mom’s famous taco salad. Okay, maybe it’s not world famous but it was definitely highly requested at all our family reunions. I’m not sure where she picked up the recipe but I have vivid memories of her making this throughout my childhood. Now she’s in a nursing home and…

Crawfish Boil

In celebration of Memorial Day and our 13th wedding anniversary, I decided to do a crawfish boil for my husband. He misses the days when he was further south and could get fresh mudbugs. Here in Missouri, we are landlocked and fresh ones just don’t stay alive this far north unless we want to pay…

Pork Steaks

Pork Steaks, sometimes referred to as pork blade steak, is a steak cut from the shoulder of a pig. Most commonly found in the Midwest and more specifically the St. Louis, MO metro area, these steaks are a cheap cut of meat from the area of the pig usually used for pulled pork. That means…

Fried Cucumbers

Fried Cucumbers? No, I’m not talking about it’s more popular cousin, the fried green tomato. These are your everyday garden cucumber fried to perfection with a crispy panko coating. Ya’ll this is the essence of summer dinners in my childhood! My parents always planted a huge garden every summer and if there was an abundance…

Strawberry Hand Pies

Pie. Who doesn’t love it? That all-American goodness surrounded in flaky crust. To me there is a pie for every season. Heading into summer, I’m all about the fruit pies. The sweetness of summer fruit makes these hand pies irresistible. Plus there is just something fun about carrying around your own personal piece of pie….

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…

Breakfast Casserole

All your favorite breakfast food in one dish. Bam! And a versatile recipe that allows you to switch up the ingredients and still create a delicious bite of breakfast your family will love. That’s the best way I know to describe this casserole. Aside from this base recipe, I’ve switched things up and used bacon…

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…