Jalapeno Grilled Cheese with Bacon

Mmmm grilled cheese.  I will never tire of them.  So far there hasn’t been a grilled cheese I wouldn’t turn down.  Except maybe for a mushroom grilled cheese.  I just don’t like mushrooms enough.  I recently saw a pic of a grilled cheese with jalapeno poppers and bacon and immediately went to the market to…

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bark

  This peanut butter rice krispie bark is my own take on Avalanche cookies which is an adaptation of something that exists at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; a place that I’ve never been to, but I have a cousin who loves to go there whenever she sees one in the airport. Whenever white chocolate…

Friday Things

I’ve been in a mac in cheese mood all week. I think because it’s starting to get a little colder and I need a little grub that’s going to stick to the stomach. I love playing around with different varieties of mac and cheese, so today I will share a couple of my own and…

Doughnut Vault

  I was hoping to make it to a few more doughnut shops while in Chicago, but demand was high and my time was short.  Every time I was able to get to a shop, most shops already ran out of doughnuts.  This almost happened to me with the Doughnut Vault.  I was lucky enough…

Smokey Three Bean Baked Beans

I’m a firm believer that one should be able to grill year round.  After having my first successful barbeque since renovating my backyard, I’ve really gotten into grilling again.  My son loved the burgers I made so much that he asked me to make them again.  I decided to buy a couple of pounds of…

Graham Cracker Cake with Chocolate Frosting

I’ve realized that by now, most of the things I make are born out of curiosity, being lucky enough to have an ingredient on hand, or by way of cleaning out my cupboards.  This recipe would fall in the latter.  I’ve had a box of graham crackers for a while now from when I made…

Friday Things

My favorite cider mill opened up last week just outside of Detroit and all I’ve been able to think about now is cider doughnuts.  Ok, doughnuts in general.  I love doughnuts and will happily admit being one of those people that’s jumped on a trend.  This week I’m going to share with you an ode…

BBQ Brisket Grilled Cheese

I. Love. Grilled. Cheese. So does my son. While my son prefers the classic grilled cheese and bacon, he also loves my crab cake grilled cheese.  His only requirement is that he makes the grilled cheese in our Panini maker.  It is a very simple and easy way to make grilled cheese and while I…

Salted Maple Pie

The last time I was in Detroit, I went to a new bakery called Sister Pie.  I fell in love with the place immediately.  Unfortunately, I arrived minutes before the shop was closing and had a very limited selection of pie slices to choose from.  One of them was a salted maple pie.  I couldn’t…

Friday Things

I can’t remember the last time I was so thankful that it’s Friday!  It’s been a long week and I’m looking forward to happy hour, seeing out-of-town friends and Shakespeare.  I’m also going to think about all the foods that make me happy! Bacon and brie with caramelized onions on a burger? Country cleaver was…

Peach and Blueberry Dump Cake with Pecans

I had no idea dump cakes were a thing.  Growing up, my grandmother would make dump cakes that consisted of canned pineapple, canned cherry pie filling, a box of yellow cake mix, pecans and butter.  I hated the fruit, but I loved the salty, buttery, sweet, fruity cake with pecans.  After my grandmother passed away,…

Texas Beef Brisket

I’ve lived my apartment for four years and never had a bbq. I hated my backyard until I switched from grass to gravel. Now I feel like I have a zen yard and I’m ready to entertain! And I finally put the grill my son bought me to use. I decided to have a few…