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…

Air popped popcorn

Popcorn is my favorite snack food.  Over the years, I have had many types of poppers.  This one is new to my home, and it has been an easy transition into use.  Cuisinart offers this new popper which allows for no use of oil. The air popped popcorn is super fluffy and light.  There is…

Chicago Popcorn

So a visit to Chicago must include a visit to Garrett’s Popcorn shops. This popcorn has been a tradition since 1949. With ten locations all over the city and two booths at O’Hare Airport, it has become a very popular stop for residents as well as visitors to the city.          …

sweet and salty pretzels

We had a rainy Halloween night here in Michigan.  So, we had fewer than expected Trick or Treaters, which was a bit sad.  Just like so many things from years ago, I feel that this American tradition is going to be extinct soon. However, in the past few weeks, I have still managed to keep…

Oscar’s awards appetizer: Taco dip

Just like the big sporting events broadcast on television, we celebrate the awards shows with a few appetizers while watching the Red Carpet coverage. Here is a great appetizer for one of those types of parties. It is a compilation of many recipes I have collected over the years from Internet websites. I use 4 ounces/…

Neiman Marcus cheesy bacon spread

I  have had this cracker spread recipe for a number of years, so I am not certain how it dropped into my recipe box.  It is a very tasty spread, especially for those who love bacon.  It can be served with a variety of crackers, corn chips, or even sturdy tortilla chips.  This is not…

pizza bread appetizer

Many variations of this recipe are featured in the online cookbooks including Pinterest.  These round appetizer breads remind me of the 1970’s spinach dip in a bread round era. Those dips, served with the surrounding bread cubes, were popular for more than ten years, and this pizza bread recipe seems very similar to those popular…

tomato cheese bruschetta

  appetizer time.  here is an old standby that i haven’t made in years.  toast some crusty bread with seasoned garlic butter for about ten minutes.  add some mozzarella cheese and tomato topping in a jar.  i sprinkled the tops with chopped parsley and baked at 350 degrees for another ten minutes.  delicious! this can…

Party Meatball Appetizer

march madness is here and all of those basketball parties need a new appetizer.  i found one at the Taste of Home.  this is a website where home-grown cooks share their special recipes.  i must admit, some of the recipes are a bit “out there”, but others actually have great presentations. i decided to try…

pecan bars

often recipes can be adapted and changed a bit based on pantry ingredients or even for personal taste.  this recipe was written to include walnuts, but i have found that pecans work equally well in the baking process.  these are very chewy squares that are super delicious.  the chopped pecans give a very nice texture…

playoff snacks

the past few weeks have been filled with playoff games, the Kentucky derby, the Preakness, hockey and just about every type of sports contest. in our home, we are always watching some type of competition and my hubby is looking for an appropriate snack for the event. i turned to Martha’s american food cookbook to…

spicy asian meatballs

  super bowl sunday is only weeks away and everyone knows that football fans love hot spicy meatballs for their bowl parties.  here is a great recipe that i found online and used frozen turkey meatballs to make the dish a bit more health conscious.  if you have a favorite meatball recipe, start with that…