Grilled Balsamic Rosemary Steak with Grilled Mushrooms

Grilled Balsamic Rosemary Steak with Grilled Mushrooms

Attention all carnivores - get ready to fire up the grill for these incredibly flavorful steaks!  This super simple Balsamic Rosemary marinade is perfect for t-bones, porterhouse, rib-eye, strip steak, flank steak, sirloin and even filet!  Paired with grilled mushrooms, these flavor-infused steaks will be a new summer favorite! Pretty much anytime there isn't snow on the ground, our outdoor gas grill is cooking up something tasty.  Mostly during spring, summer and fall, we've got steaks on the grill at least a couple times a month!  Everyone in our house LOVES a great, juicy beefsteak.  To add a little variety, I like mixing up different marinades to add additional flavor to the grilled meat.  My newest creation - the Balsamic Rosemary marinade was a HUGE hit this past Continue Reading...

Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Creamy Ranch BLT Pasta Salad - An amazing Pasta Salad Recipe The perfect pasta salad recipe for any potluck, cookout, picnic or back yard BBQ!  This amazing side dish is loaded with bacon, tomatoes, crisp green leaf lettuce, and topped with a fantastic creamy ranch dressing.  Make extra - this disappears FAST!! Does your summer consist of getting together with neighbors, family and friends for cookouts, barbecues, and potlucks?  Much like many of you, our neighbors have become our second family.  We love getting together all through the spring and summer months for fun potluck dinners, where everyone brings a dish or two to share.  We always end up with lots of fantastic food, and this pasta salad recipe is the perfect side dish that everyone loves! Loaded with tender, Continue Reading...

Smokehouse BBQ Burgers

Smokehouse BBQ Burgers

Fire up the grill, it's time for some amazing burgers!  My Smokehouse BBQ burgers are topped with smoked Gouda, bacon, fried onions, and an amazing Smokey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce.  Juicy and super flavorful, you'll be making these burgers all summer long! Have you fired up your grill yet?  Now that the weather is getting warmer, and days are getting longer, its the perfect time to throw some delicious burgers on the grill.  There are a million ways you can make a burger - so many different types of meats, not to mention toppings, cheeses, and breads.  I'm definitely a traditionalist when it comes to a great burger - I always go with a beef patty, we usually toss on a good cheese, and go from there.  My Smokehouse BBQ Burger is easy one of my favorite ways to make a delicious Continue Reading...

Smokey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Smokey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

The perfect recipe for smokey, spicy & sweet barbecue sauce!  Fantastic for burgers, chicken, pork chops and ribs, this simple BBQ sauce will be your new go-to recipe for grilling season! Is getting together with neighbors, friends and family for cookouts and get-together's on your summer to-do list?  Every summer we get together with our neighbors for fun cookouts.  Great burgers, grilled chicken and pork chops are always on the menu - and in order for those burgers, chicken and chops to be great, they've gotta have a fantastic barbecue sauce!  My Smokey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce is the perfect go-to sauce recipe that I use all spring, summer and into the fall for tailgating season! I start my sauce with just a few simple ingredients that you likely already have in your Continue Reading...

Sour Cream Enchiladas

Sour Cream Enchiladas

The only enchilada recipe you'll ever need!  Stuffed with seasoned ground beef and cheese, smothered with a thick, delicious sour cream sauce, topped with more cheese and baked to perfection, these enchiladas are incredible!  Amazing with pico de gallo and all your favorite Tex-Mex fixings! Do you have recipes that you know and love and make over and over again?  This recipe for Sour Cream Enchiladas is one that my mom and I have been making for decades!  I believe this recipe was discovered at one of my many 4-H Special Foods events.  Once we tried it, we knew we had to make this at home!  Over the years, I've tweaked it, and made it with other fillings, but keep coming back to this original recipe. One of the many things that makes this recipe so fantastic, is that it uses Continue Reading...

Italian Tortellini Salad

Italian Tortellini Salad

Italian Tortellini Salad - the Ultimate Pasta Salad Recipe The perfect pasta salad or side dish for any pot-luck, picnic, cookout or backyard barbecue!  This delicious tortellini salad is loaded with all of your Italian favorites, like salami, tomatoes, olives, banana peppers, red onion, and topped with Italian dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese! Growing up in the mid-west, pot luck dinners were always a community-wide event!  Every home cook brought their best dishes, including salads, fried chicken, sandwiches and decadent desserts to share with everyone!  The food was ALWAYS fabulous, and typically enough to feel the crowd twice over.  People NEVER brought store-bought food to a pot luck - that was a big no-no!  The two unwritten rules of pot luck dining were always 1) bring Continue Reading...

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Comfort food at its best!  With a delicious three-cheese sauce, big chunks of fresh lobster, and al dente pasta, this Lobster Mac and Cheese is the perfect dinner any night of the week! We are big pasta eaters at our house!  My husband LOVES any type of pasta, and my son is the biggest mac & cheese lover out there!  I love pasta as well, so when it comes to dinner ideas, noodles are always at the top of my list! A creamy, delicious three-cheese sauce makes this Lobster Mac & Cheese absolutely incredible!  Gruyere, white cheddar and American cheeses melt together wonderfully, and coat the pasta and lobster giving you a creamy, flavorful dish. Over the last several months, lobster has come down in price greatly.  You can find it in most freezer sections of the Continue Reading...