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    New Ice Cream from B & J's

    Thought that "Play with your food" might be a fun place to put this... wink wink. (my bad)
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    Apricot Pull-aparts

    Simmered diced, dried apricots in a saucepan with corn syrup, honey, orange juice, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Cut flaky biscuits in quarters. Dip in butter. yep. put some of the apricot syrup in bottom of loaf pan, layer biscuits and remaining syrup. Bake. Sometimes the tops get brown before...
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    Joplin, MO

    Prayers are going out to those in harm's way, to those devastated by the tornado(s). Unbelievable damage. The weather channel has been showing pictures and video.
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    My husband used to stop at fast food on the way to work, but for the last couple of years started to make his own. Sunday night: make sausage patties and biscuits During the week: just put them together with some cheese, zap in the micro. He wraps them in foil and takes to work. or: Fry the...
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    Syttende Mai!

    I will be taking some lefse out of the freezer to celebrate today! Too bad we can't find lutefisk... NOT! ha!
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    Christmas Tragedy

    A friend of our son's died yesterday, a snowboarding accident. He was coming down a black diamond run, and a mother and her 5 year old were sitting on the slope behind a hill. He struck them. The 5 year old died, too. The mother is hospitalized. No names were released, so we don't know who the...
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    10/16/10 Dinner?

    Our 1/4 beef was delivered yesterday, so am thinking of some kind of steak. It's all natural, grass fed, never in a feedlot, free range, beef. Aged 3 weeks. mmmmmmmmmmm..........
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    Chilean Miners

    Are any of you watching the rescue? It is nerve-wracking! The 2nd Chilean miner is about to reach the surface!!! I hope and pray they all make it! and he's up!
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    Random Picture Thread - Part Deux

    Yep, that's our dog, Buddy. He loves it at this park. It's along the Oregon Trail, wild, but close to the house, along the river.
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    Random Picture Thread - Part Deux

    at a nearby dog park today...
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    My Classes

    Musical Menus: Aaron Copland/American Cuisine First class met tonight, had two sections of 20 adult students in each class. We listened to Fanfare for the Common Man, while I demo'ed common fan fare. Made the Cincinnati Coney Dogs, and an easy dump and stir cheese/mustard dip for pretzels. We...
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    Bartering for beef

    I'm pretty excited... I'll be bartering violin lessons for a 1/4 beef, from the rancher! woo hoo! Natural, grass-fed beef from a ranch 2 hours east of us. We've never been able to purchase meat in bulk before, budget reasons, so I'm looking forward to it.
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    Autumn Meals

    Happy Autumn! What are some of your favorite fall menus? I always think of squash... love it in the fall! Yes, cinnamon, cloves, allspice are good, but I've been also flavoring it with sage and garlic (not WITH the aforementioned spices, but instead of). Meatloaf, baked potatoes, too. And of...
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    Random Picture Thread - Part Deux

    great pic, mhend! Here's some from a drive we took Monday, late afternoon. This is about 15 minutes from our house...
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    Yet another "which smoker to buy?" question...

    so... I'd like a smoker that could handle up to a typical turkey (those that are on sale before and during the holidays). I would also like to use it for a variety of smaller cuts. I've been to Menard's, Home Depot, etc... I've seen the types with the firebox on the side, electric, gas, tall...
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    Turtle Burgers

    Seriously, google it. Click on images to see a variety. Just got an email from SIL with the photos. I don't want to favor one website over another. And if you've not seen them, the anticipation while searching for the pics will be worth it. I am sooooo making these.
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    Chicken, peppers, sausage...

    Whole chicken, red and green peppers, onion, celery, tomato sauce (just a small can), garlic and other assorted spices (lots of choices), rice, spicy sausages... is that a cacciatori, gumbo w/out okra (is there such a thing?), jambalaya...?
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    Dinner 6/12

    It's our anniversary, 29 years! Ribeyes and Walleye... hopefully on the grill, but probably on the stove/broiler because it is cold and rainy.
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    Happy April Fools Day!

    No joke... heaviest snow expected this afternoon...