After 30 plus years of writing this article, I have decided it is time to retire. I am so looking forward to sharing more moments with my grandkids and Gary and continue to work at my part-time job at Costco. I would like to thank the Brainerd Dispatch for the opportunity over the years to share my favorite recipes each week with you. I would also like to thank all of my faithful readers that have been so kind to share so many of their family favorites that I will treasure forever.
fter 30 plus years of writing this article, I have decided it is time to retire. I am so looking forward to sharing more moments with my grandkids and Gary and continue to work at my part-time job at Costco.
It's apple picking time and I am excited to share a few more apple recipes using fresh apples from the apple tree. While in Fargo the last few days visiting with family, my sister LaDonna made the best apple dumplings served warm from the oven topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Crispy, crunchy, fruity, flavorful. I am so excited to make her apple dumpling recipe with the apples she sent home with me. I also got a delicious apple crisp recipe from my sister-in-law that she said gets high reviews every time she makes it.
Fall is here, school has started and the days are full with people concentrating on their own lives - going to school, work and sports practices, and all of us touching base at the end of the day for dinner. That's why dinner time with my family is a very special time of the day. After a whirlwind day, I look forward to a time to slow down, focus on each other and communicate.
Relax. Labor Day is a holiday in honor of all working people. It gives all of us - whether we work in the home or out of the home - an excuse for a day off. After the heat spell we have been experiencing, I'm ready for a nice quiet weekend at home. Labor Day marks the last weekend of summer before the hustle and bustle of another school year begins.
If you appreciate easy meals, yet like to try recipes that are a little different from the usual, then you will want to try Wok Steak Lo Mein. It reminds me of chow mein but is different in that you toss the cooked vegetables with cooked spaghetti.
This week I am so excited to share an absolutely delicious burst of flavors recipe I enjoyed at a cookout last weekend. My friend Becky said she was raised on this dish and was served frequently at her house while growing up. She served it as a side dish but is certainly hardy enough to serve as a meal. The flavors of layered lettuce, boiled potatoes, green onions, radishes and hard boiled eggs topped with a bacon vinegar gravy just exploded in your mouth.
I love strawberry season. It reminds me of when I was a young girl and staying at Grandma's and Grandpa's farm and going out to the strawberry patch and eating freshly picked juicy strawberries. To enjoy strawberries all year round, hull and quarter the berries and gently toss with four parts strawberries to one part sugar. Then loosely pack them in a storage container and freeze them immediately.
If you have some kid in you, chances are you look forward to the county fair as much as I do. The familiar smells of roasted ears of corn, cotton candy, caramel apples and corn dogs still mesmerize me just like when I was a young child. This week I would like to share a favorite version for corn dogs that we have enjoyed many times. These pronto pups, or better known as corn dogs, beat any fair corn dog.
One night when it was hot and I didn't feel like cooking, I bought a roasted rotisserie chicken for dinner. The next day I had just enough chicken leftover to make 10-minute Quesadillas. They were so yummy and only took minutes to prepare. This is a great way to use up leftover chicken. 10-minute Quesadillas 4 large flour tortillas 1/2 cup refried beans 1/2 cup salsa 3/4 cup roasted chicken meat, chopped 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 4 green onions, sliced Sour cream Shredded lettuce 2 medium tomatoes, chopped Turn on broiler. Arrange tortillas on a cookie sheet.