Chinese Pork Dumplings

Oh man these were definitely a labor of love, but so good and the feeling of them sitting in my belly makes me feel like it was totally worth it.  It just might be a while before I do it again though.  This recipe came in my most recent Cooks Illustrated magazine and I was…

Steamed Clams (Or Mussels or both)

One night my dear friend Lily Darais invited our family over for dinner.  She opened the door and let us in to the most delicious smelling kitchen.  I told her it smelled divine and asked what she had prepared.  Steamed muscles she said because she thought they were so kid friendly, and then proceeded to…

Corn Fritters

It’s corn season!  Just plain ol’ corn on the cob is great, but I also love to cook with fresh corn.  Tonight I made some corn fritters that had the perfect amount of whole corn kernels the consistency wasn’t too runny or soggy or greasy.  Credit goes to my latest issue of Cooks Illustrated for…

Grape Jelly Meatballs

It seems to wrong to serve meatballs pared with grape jelly and I questioned this combination at first, but this sauce is sweet, tangy, a little spicy, and these are always a hit at a party.   I can’t take too much credit for these, I stole this recipe from Allrecipes. GRAPE JELLY MEATBALLS 1…

Bruschetta

Derek says Bruschetta is his favorite thing I do with our garden tomatoes.  I think I may feel the same.  I once brought bruschetta to a summer dinner party and someone  said it was the best bruschetta and asked for my recipe. I don’t really follow a recipe for this so much as I just…

Fruit Salsa

 When my dear friend Camille Spence was going through a tough time, I invited her to join me at my house for lunch and to bring her little daughter to come play with Liv.  Then on a whim I invited a bunch of other mutual Mom friends and their kids to join us as well….

Guacamole

 I remember attending what I recall to be a BBQ for my Dad’s work folks when I was in high school.  It was pot luck style and everyone was supposed to bring something.  My Dad made some fresh guacamole and brought chips for everyone to eat it with.  I remember thinking it was the best…

Aunt Opal’s Veggie Dip

 Derek’s family loves a good veggie tray.  His sister always seemed to make a good dip to go along with her veggies, so I asked her for the recipe.  She informed me that it was actually Aunt Opal’s recipe and that all her stuff is the best. VEGGIE DIP Honestly, I usually just eyeball everything,…

Pigs in a Blanket

 Most of the stuff I make often tends to be a little labor intensive and not always kids friendly.  When my Mom comes to town, she always thinks up all the best snacks that are totally on my kids level.  She’s made these the past few times she’s come to town and my kids devour…