Risotto verde

Risotto Verde

A few weeks ago we were invited to a special dinner, previewing the talents and skills of our friend Paola who hails from Italy and serves as pastor of The Family Church in our little town that we call home.  The food Paola put together that night will be showcased in this years Viva Italia, the annual major fundraiser for the church.  This risotto verde (green risotto), is a fresh twist on a ...

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risotto al pomodoro

Risotto al Pomodoro

And All the Foods of Viva Italia 2013 This is it folks – the final post featuring Viva Italia 2013.  Throughout this month long project or so, I’ve only put on a pound or two of weight, and if I had to blame it on this authentic Italian fare, it was worth every ounce.  For…

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chicken cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

I put this dinner together about a month ago when it seemed that everyone, including myself, was lamenting the departure of summer.  We were in the glory of autumn.  Homecomings all across the nation, leaves in their blazing transition of colors, and still plenty of bounty from our own gardens, local markets and orchards.  …

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Ginger Man n Cheese

Ginger Mac ‘N Cheese

According to all of my calendars, it is mid-April and thus well into the spring season.   Go ahead and ask Mother Nature, however she’s going to tell you a completely different story here in the mid-west.  In good weather and bad, we make every effort possible to spend weekends at our small cottage on a…

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mango and peach salsa with oven baked pork

Mango and Peach Salsa + Oven-Baked Pork Chops

A couple of days ago I experienced a “first.”  I’ve had mangoes on my mind for a few weeks now.  Likely because, by nature, I always seem to be thinking about food in general – or maybe it’s because of the beautiful summer season and with it we are enjoying  all of the fresh fruit…

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Pecan Pie

This pecan pie recipe has been in my family for decades.  It’s not only decadent, it’s easy to make, is quite nice to look at, most importantly  for me, it has a story, or rather a person behind it.  This recipe came from the wife of my late father’s best friend who has also been…

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oven fried  bacon

Food Flash! Oven-Fried Bacon

“Dad, I’ll have my bacon crispy.”  If I had a nickle for ever time I heard my oldest son put in his breakfast order, with those words…  For years I made bacon for the gang in the age-old method of frying it down in a skillet on the stove.  Problem always was, depending on the…

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Bacon Spinach Balls

The holidays are upon us.  The new year is but a handful of days away and our children are reveling in the midst of their dozen or so days of school vacation.  At home, we are ever so slowly putting the living areas of the house back into order, taking care not to erase the…

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Gouda Crab Mac n Cheese

Smoked Gouda with Crab and Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese

  I think that if you ask any one of our boys what their favorite food is, they would all say mac and cheese.   We make a lot of mac and cheese.  If is not very often that we don’t have any children around, but today was one of those days.  I was craving mac…

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Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese, and Pistachio Salad

This little dish is special to me.  It was inspired from one of my favorite restaurants, al corso of Collins, Wisconsin, which is close to our small cottage, on a small lake, in the middle of Nowhere, Wisconsin.   Frequently featured on their menu as an appetizer, this salad is a great example of something small…

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Juice Box Pork

Juice Box Pork with Sweet Potatoes

It seems like forever ago that I was in the kitchen cooking.  We have been so busy lately with the kids.  The twins and their brother are in the midst of baseball season.  That means that the dads are consistently chauffeuring them to and from their games.  Sometimes on these days we don’t have enough…

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Zucchini Tots

Summer is in high season and we are blessed to have great farmers markets. This past Saturday we visited one of our favorite markets in Elkhart Lake. While walking along, out of the corner of my eye I saw the most beautiful zucchini that I have ever seen.  Without any hesitation I snatched it up…

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pumpkin cheese cake brownie recipe

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

Last Saturday upon waking at our little cottage in the middle of Nowhere, Wisconsin,  the weather was misty and the thermometer read a balmy 37 degrees. While typically I would have pulled up the blankets and slept the day away, I decided that would not do, not today.   Instead, we all got dressed and hit…

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Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salsa

A day or so back we had the pleasure of taping a few more segments for our favorite morning television show, Living with Amy, out of Green Bay, Wisconsin.   The show’s producer gave us some topics to try and fill with good food and recipes, one of them being Getting Corny.  Get corny is exactly…

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