28 Aug

How to Make a Moscow Mule

Recipe 3 Comments by Beth
How to Make a Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule has to be my favorite cocktail of 2015.  It has just 3 simple ingredients but packs a punch of flavor. The Moscow Mule became popular in the 1950s when Jack Morgan, owner of the Cock ‘n’ Bull restaurant in Los Angeles, was trying to push more Ginger Beer.  Ginger Beer is not […]

21 Aug

The Best Homemade Pancakes

Recipe 3 Comments by Beth
Cinnamon Sugar Pancakes

When I started to make pancakes this morning, I was halfway through mixing the batter when I discovered that I didn’t have any milk!  I have never made pancakes without milk before and haven’t heard of anyone else doing it either.  I was already too far into the mixture and craving pancakes to give up. […]

12 Aug

Zingy Lemon Bars

Recipe 1 Comment by Beth
Zingy Lemon Bars

I often forget how much I enjoy Lemon Bars.  The zingy lemon filling on top of a crumbly shortbread crust is just delightful so it’s hard to believe the first printed recipe of this classic American dessert didn’t come about until 1963 by Betty Crocker. It’s not a dessert I make often, but it always […]

13 Jul

Kale and Melon Green Juice

Kale and Melon Green Juice

In this season of picnics and barbecues, it can be very easy to overeat.  Now don’t get me wrong, I adore eating ribs, burgers, brats, pasta salad, you name it – but sometimes it can leave you feeling a little stuffed.  After a weekend filled with this heavy but delicious fare I like to make […]

18 Jun

Bortell’s Fisheries

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If you’re a fan of fried or smoked fish, this is a great little gem in Northern Michigan.  Located in Ludington, Michigan near the shores of Lake Michigan, Bortell’s is a family owned operation that specializes in serving fried fish cooked to order. I had heard a lot of great reviews of this place which […]

09 Jun

French Lentil Salad

Recipe 5 Comments by Beth
French Lentil Salad

Lentils aren’t something that I typically cook up in my kitchen.  Mostly because I don’t have many recipes in my repertoire that taste that great…  So I honestly had written off these little legumes until I read “My Paris Kitchen” by David Lebovitz I received this superb cookbook from my cousin, Sam, this past Christmas. […]

29 May

How to Make Iced Coffee at Home

Recipe 1 Comment by Beth
Homemade Iced Coffee

The other afternoon, I stopped by a coffee shop as I was in need of a caffeine pick-me-up.  It has been pretty hot and humid up here in the mitten so an Iced Coffee was the logical beverage choice.  As I paid for my drink, I just had to shake my head as it is […]

06 Apr

The Great Chili Dog Taste Test

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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

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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
Green Salad with Pears

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, […]

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