Monthly Archives: November 2013

Hot Artichoke Parmesan Dip

A few weeks ago, we had our annual parmesan cheese wheel cracking which is referred to as the “Crack Heard Around the Midwest”. I like to call it one the best days of the year. What chef wouldn’t love having as much fresh parmigiano reggiano cheese as they want?            

Hearty Beef and Vegetable Soup

I woke up today and there was snow on ground and this weekend we are heading to Chicago to tailgate in 20 degree weather. Soup season is here (and will probably stay here for quite awhile…boo). This rich and comforting soup comes from the new issue of Hy-Vee Seasons. I made it a couple days

My favorite stuffing

I came up with this recipe last year around the holidays and it’s still one of my favorites. The fresh herbs pair perfectly with the sausage and apples and the ciabatta bread adds a unique, rustic quality to the dish.                              

Holiday appetizers that excite!

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is approaching fast! Here are three simple and surprising appetizers that pack a huge flavor punch and will have your guests talking. Roasted Grape Crostini with Rosemary and Pinenuts Makes 12 toasts All you need: 1 pound red, seedless grapes 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp.

Apple Pumpkin Chili

My pumpkin love continues…except this time I incorporated it into one of my favorite tailgate dishes – chili! With apples being so abundant right now I decided to try my luck at making a chili that combined the taste of apple and pumpkin without being too sweet. The end result was super rich and flavorful.