Picnics, concerts and trips to the lake

Recently I was introduced to a new way to easily transport everything I need for a summer picnic, outdoor concert or for a trip to the lake.  The new SMART CART has smooth rolling wheels for easy maneuvering over a variety of outdoor surfaces. It is waterproof in case of spills and weighs less than…

Backyard Pizza Oven

With the growing interest in expanding the indoors outside with added living space, it is no wonder why cooking outdoors has become even more popular.  I recently used a wonderful product called the Pizza Que pizza kit for Kettle grills. Most kettle grills can accommodate this expansion which turns the grill into an amazing pizza…

One pot New Orleans shrimp

Even though we have lived been living in Michigan for nearly ten years, the second time around, I still have a love for down-South cooking. We spent nearly one year in New Orleans and became very endeared to the fish and seafood specialties of the area. Here is a recipe that I have been making…

Apricot glazed chicken

Grilled chicken has become a staple go-to in my house. I can serve grilled chicken a variety of ways with an assortment of side vegetables or toppings.  Over the years, I have become very creative with grilled chicken. For an alternative, I found this recipe from Martha Stewart and omitted the red pepper flakes, and…

Boska cheese boards

For Easter appetizers this year, I plan to share a cheese board with my family. I was recently introduced to a company from Holland that offers so many lovely products for preparing and serving cheese. They offer everything from slicers, graters, boards, and knives to fondue and raclette sets. Their products are high quality and…

Stuffed Portobellos

One of my favorite hot appetizer “go-to’s” is always stuffed mushrooms.  I have posted a few ideas on this blog in years past of those recipes.  This recipe, however, is a dinner entrée recipe that is wonderful for a Meatless Monday menu plan. Made with larger mushrooms, this recipe is terrific served with a side…

Book review: Celebrate Everything!

As a brand new grandmother, I am so excited to be able to share some special events with our new grandson in the coming years. This book, written by Darcy Miller is brimming with ideas for every occasion. As a celebrity party planner, she shares many ideas on how to personalize every event and bring…

Springtime Spinach Spread

March Madness is upon us again, and there is always another event where a new appetizer could be shared.  Here is an easy recipe that comes together in less than 30 minutes and is very creamy and tasty.  This recipe makes a lot of spread, so it can either be frozen for later events or…

Easter eggs

Just as many other households in America, I have always colored eggs for Easter.  Over the years I have tried many techniques, and this year was no different.  I found an idea and altered it some, based on what I had in my pantry.  The results were perfect.  Having years of experience in the kitchen…

Hasselback Apples

Fruit desserts are some of my all-time favorites.  One of the easiest fruit desserts has to be this apple recipe.  Be sure to choose a Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apple, as some of the other softer flesh apples will not hold up during the cooking process.  I found this recipe last year in Cooking Light…

Serving cheese

Pleasing presentation during entertaining has been encouraged for years by entertaining experts.  Presenting food in an appealing way actually encourages the overall interest for the food, including taste and food satisfaction. I often consider what is the best plate, platter or tray to display appetizers or cheese for guests.  I was thrilled to receive a…

Baby–it will be cold outside

One of the newest trends in entertaining has been the beverage bar.  It has evolved from the classic tea service, to a coffee bar, and now encompasses hot chocolate or other warm drinks for the winter season. Even though our Michigan winter temperatures have not been as cold as past years, I decided to get…