Buttermilk Fried Chicken


I want a deep fryer. In fact, I’ve wanted one for a number of years.  Not because I want to fry everything. I don’t.  But when it comes to fries and tempura and some other cooking efforts that work better with food submerged in oil than in a 1-inch puddle of oil, a deep fryer […]

Country Bread and Overcoming Fear of Failure


I’ve always had a fear of breadmaking.  Like most fears, it is irrational.  I can and do make some great homemade pasta and I have no problem creating some amazing homemade sauces and complete dishes; however, breadmaking always felt to challenging. Could I knead properly? How about a starter, don’t I need a starter? Did […]

Simple and Lighter Chicken with Biscuits (really)


I love it when I get an email in the middle of my work day saying, “Can you make this?” Stephanie occasionally will find a recipe she would like to try and knows I love a challenge. This recipe wasn’t much of a challenge, though. In fact, it ended up being a pleasantly simple recipe […]

Cavatelli with Vegetables and Olive Oil


Cavatelli is an often forgotten pasta. You probably don’t recall what it looks like when you see it on a menu, but when you see it you go “oh yes, I’ve had that before.”  It doesn’t have a familiar shape like bowtie, fusilli, or penne pasta. Cavatelli is great for sauces that are oil based, like this […]

Tarragon Potato Salad


Summer is ending and with that comes the time of year when people try to get in the last summer picnics.  We were in Northern Michigan last week attending a BBQ at my brother in-law’s place and asked to bring a dish.  It had been awhile since I’ve made a potato salad, but there was […]

Nick Offerman Mocks School Lunch in this Great Funny Or Die Spoof


Pizza Farm with Nick Offerman – watch more funny videos Remember when the federal government claimed pizza a vegetable because it has tomato sauce?  Whether you do or do not, it doesn’t really matter as every parent knows school lunch is a joke. A really, really sad joke which is why our family packs a […]

Kale, Apple and Pine Nut Salad with Maple Vinaigrette


We are on vacation in Michigan enjoying not going out for every meal, so I’ve been making quick, easy vegetarian dishes that help us enjoy vacation even more.  Eating good, healthy food helps too.  This salad is a great example of something easy to make with just a few ingredients. This morning was the Northport […]

Chicken Tikka Masala Poutine for #SundaySupper


When I heard what this week’s Sunday Supper theme was I knew exactly what I wanted to make, since I had tried making the dish a month before and knew I was close to getting it right. The theme this week is Copycats Recipes. Basically, recreate a recipe from a restaurant. Badmaash is an unique […]

The Problem with Playtime Isn’t Video Games; It’s Structured Play

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A granola company wants you to make sure our families are not the last generation to get out and enjoy nature.  This is the insight of the latest campaign from Nature Valley called #RedescoverNature.  It begins with grandparents sharing what they did as kids including fishing, berry picking and other outdoor activities.  We then hear from […]

Beer Can Chicken


This is a bit of a lowbrow dish for  a sustainable food blog, but who cares. It’s chicken and beer and that is a fine combination any time for me.  Plus beer can chicken makes for an easy effort dish after work, provided you have enough time to wait for it to finish cooking. Note […]