Thursday, December 26, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Coconut-Pecan German Chocolate Pie

German chocolate cakes are pretty common, but I had never heard of a German chocolate pie before making this.  I like the pie even more than the cake.

Yield: 12 servings

Monday, December 16, 2013

Whole Wheat Pecan Pancakes

Give your regular pancakes an extra boost of awesomeness without increasing the difficulty at all.  You'll be glad you did.

Yield: 3 servings (12 pancakes)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Orange Cranberry Banana Smoothie

5 minutes of work to start your morning off right with a tasty fruit smoothie.  Plus, you'll use up some of that leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving.

Yield: 2 servings

Monday, November 11, 2013

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs

These ribs slow cook for hours, resulting in a tender meat with great flavor.  It's easy to toss together in 15 minutes in the morning and then you can enjoy the aromas all day while it cooks!

Yield: 6 servings

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pepper Popper Fingers

These creepy fingers will look great at your halloween party.  And the cheesey filling will ensure you eat a whole handful.  (Haha.  Get it?  ... Ugh.)

Yield: 24 poppers

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blood 'n Guts Dip

This cranberry-mustard dip is great for Halloween because it looks like blood & guts.  But don't be skerred, it still tastes good.

Yield: 20 servings

Monday, October 28, 2013

Grave Cake

This spooky cake is a lot of fun to build and sure to get a laugh from your guests.  Happy halloween.

Yield: 12 servings

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

There are some pretty next-level flavors being combined in this cake recipe.  It's really not too difficult to make, and has a unique, homemade taste that'll make anyone happy.

Yield: 12 servings

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Jack Daniel's Bacon Mac 'n Cheese

If you're looking for the best bacon ever, look no further.  The aromas will keep you enticed from the sweet & spicy beginnings to the cheesy finish.

Yield: 8 servings

Monday, October 14, 2013

Pork-Splosion

It's an explosion of bacon and pork in your mouth.  And it's even better than it looks!

This is hands-down the best thing I've ever cooked or eaten.  Simply put, having now cooked this I feel like I can die a happy man.  There's really nothing left to accomplish in life.  And if that seems weird to you, the reason is that you haven't eaten a pork-splosion yet.

Yield: 14 servings


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ranch Twice Baked Potatoes

Boring old baked potatoes got ya down?  Kick it up a notch with some ranch, cheesey, bacon flavor.  Bam!

Yield: 5 servings

Monday, September 30, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Spiced Salmon Kabobs

Gwen shares her love of salmon with these kabobs that serve up seasoned flavor straight from the grill to your mouth.

Yield: 2 servings


Monday, September 23, 2013

Seasoned Potatoes

If you're looking for a way to spice up the scene and avoid the same boring, plain potatoes, then try these seasoned potatoes.  They've got a lot of flavor and look fantastic.

Yield: 4 servings

Monday, September 16, 2013

Chocolate Swirled Buns

It's like a cinnamon roll, but instead it's filled with chocolatey goodness.  Plus, they aren't yeast-based so that makes it quicker for you in the kitchen.

Yield: 32 buns

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Lemon and Basil Chicken

This breaded chicken recipe is moist and flavorful.  It's great for a nice cozy dinner for you and a friend.

Yield: 3 servings

Monday, September 9, 2013

Beer Brats and Onions

It's hard to find something more classically Wisconsin than beer brats.  Most recipes don't have this many spices and instead just use plain beer, but I think that taking five minutes to get the right spices together takes the brats from good to great.

Yield: 5 brats

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Watermelon Shark

Roar!  Do sharks roar?  Maybe... grr!?!

Whatever, just make a watermelon shark and enjoy the noises of nom noming through the fruit.

Yield: 12 servings

Monday, August 26, 2013

Berry Trifle

A great summertime dessert with fruit, pudding, and cake.  It's light and satisfying.

Yield: 12 servings

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Greek Potato Salad

Everybody loves potato salad.  If they don't, they might be a zombie.  Or a communist.  Make this salad so that you can root out the zombies and communists!

Yield: 10 servings

Monday, August 19, 2013

Grilled Burritos

I had never made grilled burritos before, but this seemed like a fun way to mix up the normal Mexican food routine.  If you like crispy shells then you'll love this.  As with all Mexican, feel free to play around with the fillings and substitute your favorite meats, vegetables, or toppings.

Yield: 8 burritos (4 servings)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Asparagus, Bacon, and Blue Cheese Frittata

I must admit that I was so excited to try this that I just made it for dinner one day instead of breakfast.  I can attest to the fact that it tastes good any time of day.

Yield: 4 servings

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mango Lemonade

Fresh mango lemonade is a refreshing drink for a hot, summer afternoon.

Yield: 5 servings

Monday, August 5, 2013

Banana Split Bites

These can be made ahead and then prepped in five minutes before serving, which makes it great when you're having company over.  Especially if there are some kids.

Yield: 14 bites (4-5 servings)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Lemon Marinated Chicken

I made this to take my new grill on its maiden voyage, and boy did the chicken turn out well.  The flavor was clear but not overpowering, and the chicken was juicy and moist.  Overall, I couldn't ask for more on a test-run with a new grill.

Yield: 2 servings

Monday, July 29, 2013

Peanut Chicken

I love stir fry because it's easy to do and you can get just about any flavor you might want.  This recipe uses a bottle of peanut stir fry sauce to make a tasty chicken & vegetables dish.

Yield: 2 servings

Monday, July 8, 2013

Panty-Dropper Brownies

With a cookie base, brownie top, and a Reese's Peanutbutter Cup in the middle: yes, they really are that good.

Yield: 18 brownies

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Spiced Banana Muffins

Yet another variation on banana bread, this one has a spiced taste that is a little unusual.  If you've got a few bananas sitting around and you're looking to change it up a little, give this a shot.

Yield: 16 muffins

Monday, June 17, 2013

Chili Mac & Cheese

By combining the awesome powers of chili with macaroni and cheese, we've formulated this recipe that is easy to make, super tasty, and super big.  What more could you ask for?

Yield: 10 servings

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

Banana Chiffon Cake

If you're like me then you love banana bread.  Well, now you can have that delicious banana taste in cake form.  Yay!

Yield: 12 servings

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dak Galbi

Dak Galbi is a Korean dish made of stir-fried chicken and vegetables.  And it's damned tasty, too.  We made this for a dinner party with some friends and they seemed to agree.

Yield: 7-8 servings
With a repeat appearence as full chef: Gwen.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Brownie Peanutbutter Cups

Move aside Reese's, because there's a new champion cup in town.  These guys are super rich and will leave you craving seconds (and thirds...).

The next time I make these, I might try some melted caramel in the middle...

Yield: 12

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Shrimp Maque Choux

This recipe is a great side dish with any cajun meal.  The assortment of vegetables add color to any meal, and if you're feeling really southern then you can always toss in some okra.

Yield: 4 servings

Monday, May 20, 2013

Peanut Butter Macadamia Nut Banana Bread

Banana bread is a staple food for me to make, and as such I'm always on the lookout for a new variation to try.  This recipe was made with some leftovers in my cabinet and I dare say it turned out pretty well.

Yield: 3 loaves

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Beef & Tomato Skillet

When you need a quick & easy hot meal, this is the recipe to grab.  It tastes great and doesn't require a lot of attention, allowing you to make a home-cooked meal in very little time.

Yield: 5 servings

Monday, May 13, 2013

Puffy Chocolate Chip Pancake w/ Fresh Fruit

This is a cool variation on traditional pancakes and looks totally awesome.  And it tastes pretty damned good, too, which is always a plus.

Yield: 1 large pancake (2 servings)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cheesey Chicken Pasta

This is the type of recipe that you can toss together on a weeknight to have a home-cooked meal without too much fuss.  Just pay attention to the sauce to make sure it doesn't burn.

Yield: 6 servings

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake

Normal cheesecake not elaborate enough for you?  Trying to find a way to cram two desserts together into some sort of super dessert?  Well, search no further.

Yield: 8 servings

Monday, April 29, 2013

Shrimp Scampi

Instead of the traditional wine sauce, this is made with a garlic and cajun cocktail sauce, making for an unusually & delicious flavor.

Yield: 4 servings
Gwen returns as a guest chef to share a family recipe for shrimp scampi.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Homemade Twix

Caramel, cookies, chocolate.  What's not to love?

The homemade version tastes slightly different and is pretty damned good.  Give it a try and find out for yourself.

Yield: 18 cookies
Sous-chef Jonathan strikes back!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Roast Venison Steak & Mushroom Sauce

Vension, mushrooms, a thick flavorful sauce. And with only one dish to wash, it's easy to enjoy knowing that the cleanup will be quick.

Yield: 2 servings