Zender’s noodles

A city within Mid-Michigan named Frankenmuth offers traditional German food, entertainment, shopping and cultural events. One of the dishes that is served in their famous chicken dinner restaurants is traditional buttered noodles.  These noodles are delicious and why wouldn’t they be as they are prepared with Ritz crackers and butter. This is not a low-calorie…

Maple roasted vegetables

We always enjoy roasted vegetables throughout the seasons, and this recipe is another way to prepare them quickly and easily.  I found this recipe in Real Simple magazine, March 2017. I roasted the vegetables at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes, although the original recipe said to roast at a higher temperature for a shorter…

Cooking with Quail Ridge Press

Recently I found a great source for some amazing cookbooks that can be ordered online and be directly mailed.  Quail Ridge Press began nearly 40 years ago and continues to publish and showcase many regional and national cookbooks. I have been cooking from Picnics, Potlucks & Porch Parties and have been enjoying every recipe that…

Crispy spiralized sweet potatoes

Another delicious way to serve sweet potatoes is by using a spiralizer. First, I peel and remove the two ends of the potatoes. After using the Paderno three blade spiralizer, I gather the potatoes and place in my Venn Kitchen mixing bowl. Next, I just add a tablespoon or two of olive oil, season them…

Rustic potatoes

In an effort to reduce carbohydrates at holiday meals, I look for alternative ways to serve potatoes.  Everyone seems to love a potato as a comfort food, and my family is no different. In the past five years, I have made an effort to try different types and sizes of potatoes to see if they…

Easter green beans

Many of you are not fans of green beans, but I found a recipe that even a green bean hater enjoyed.  I was inspired by the blog Once Upon a Chef and adapted her recipe a bit for my own family this past week. Of course this technique could be tried any time of year,…

Baked Easter carrots

These carrots are perfect any time of year, though I recently prepared them for Easter. I happened to find red carrots at the market, and they seemed to add an extra sweetness to the dish.  I would recommend them highly. Here is how I prepared the carrots. I used two bunches of red carrots and…

Zucchini and Corn casserole

Are you searching for a new side dish that incorporates vegetables in a different way?  I think I found one from the Six Sisters.  If you are not familiar with them, there are just that, six sisters with busy lives and families.  Some of their recipes are just fantastic.  This one I happened to find…

Fancy potatoes

With many entertaining occasions coming up, it is always fun to incorporate new techniques in serving everyday foods.  In this instance, an everyday baked potato becomes something much more visually attractive.  And, as a benefit, the cooking time is greatly reduced.  Thanks to the Companion Group from California, an easy tool makes a more difficult…

Mushroom casserole

Spring is coming to Michigan.  At least I am hopeful.  Soon all types of mushrooms will be available at the market.  So this is a perfect time to share my recipe for a mushroom casserole.  If you are searching for a great side dish or something for a meatless Monday, I recommend this casserole.  Any…

Twice Baked Potatoes

Instead of the typical baked potato, or even hasselback potato, I decided to try a recipe for twice baked potatoes. I adapted the recipe to make it my own, and served this with a classic spiral ham with champagne glaze. It was very tasty and a big hit with my small family. This is a…

Mushroom rice

Are you looking for a great side dish to accompany fish or chicken?  Here is a great tasting make at home rice that is simply delicious. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, so it will work perfectly for that timed roasting dish in the oven. Ingredients to assemble:  1/4 cup margarine, 1 cup…