06 Apr

The Great Chili Dog Taste Test


If there is one thing I love, it’s visiting small towns with great restaurants. Things get even better when those restaurants have great rivalries. In Monroe, Michigan, the childhood home of General George Custer, there is a age-old battle regarding which establishment has the best chili dog: Vince’s Drive In or Monroe’s Original Drive In. […]

20 Mar

The Best Tacos in Grand Rapids


One doesn’t often think of Grand Rapids as a destination for great Latin American food.  The majority of the Mexican joints around town are very “Americanized” with oversized tacos and burritos smothered with cheese and sour cream.  So if you’re ever in our great city and want something more authentic, I highly suggest making your […]

07 Feb

Hearty Green Salad with Roasted Pears

Recipe 2 Comments by Beth

Who says a salad can’t be a little indulgent? When I first started this salad, I wasn’t quite sure how it would taste.  I like all like all of the ingredients separately, but wasn’t sure how they would meld as a unit.  This salad is a combination of baby spinach and kale, black eyed peas, […]

04 Jan

How to Make Perfect Bacon in the Oven

Recipe 3 Comments by Beth

I love bacon.  In fact, I love almost anything that comes from a pig!  Someday when I have room for a deep freezer, I would  love to buy half of a pig from a local farmer and have pork products at the ready!  For now though, I’ll just keep buying from Bob’s Butcher Block here […]

27 Jul

Cast Iron Skillet Salmon

Recipe 6 Comments by Beth
Cast Iron Skillet Salmon

My cast iron skillet is my number 1 kitchen tool.  If I ever was told I could only have one item to cook with for the rest of my life, it would easily be my cast iron skillet. I received my first skillet  from my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas a few years back, and […]

23 Jul

The Ultimate Brunch Cocktail

Recipe 2 Comments by Beth
Dusty Tail CockTail

It isn’t too often that we get to enjoy cocktails for breakfast or brunch – besides a Bloody Mary or Mimosa on a special occasion, the brunch cocktail may be considered a bit “overkill”.  However, when a great recipe comes along, I can’t help but share it with all of you! This past spring, I […]

12 Jul

“Believe to Become” Baking Workshop


Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to teach a baking workshop at the “Grand Rapids Dreams: Believe to Become Summer Camp” here in Grand Rapids.  Each of the campers is preparing for an upcoming talent show to showcase what it is they are passionate about.  Some of the girls expressed an interest in baking, so I […]

06 Jun

Crispy Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I have exciting news for all of you Foodinary Fans out there!  My photo of these white chocolate oatmeal cookies won first prize at the Lakewinds Natural Foods Photo Contest!  The contest was all about finding “yummy” photos to add to their extensive online Recipe Center.  While shooting a couple of different options for this […]

16 May

Grapefruit Granitas

Recipe 1 Comment by Beth
Grapefruit Granita

My recipes don’t always turn out as planned.  A few weeks ago, I made an awesome Strawberry-Basil Sorbet for a freelance job and was on a total ice cream/sorbet kick.  Now I don’t have one of those fancy ice-cream makers, and this makes creating homemade ice cream a bit difficult.  So I was having a […]

16 Apr

The Best Breakfast Hash

Breakfast Hash

For the last week I have been creating every kind of smoothie recipe imaginable for a freelance job.  From the familiar to the unusual, my body was officially detoxed after tasting and testing so many smoothies. Cucumber-Kale, Blackberry-Flax, Mango-Cilantro, the list went on and on!  Getting this job writing smoothie recipes was the best “diet” […]


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