Tag Archive for Father’s Day

palmer house ice cream

I remember getting a rainbow cone at the Minnesota State Fair every summer ever since I was a little kid. It’s such a pretty treat with all of those amazing colors, but my favorite part of this ice cream is a flavor called Palmer House. Palmer House ice cream was originally created for The Palmer…

hawaiian luau teriyaki chicken bowl

Aloha! This past weekend we decided to have a little Hawaiian luau on our deck. We adore all things Hawaiian, and after making our favorite cold ginger chicken, we decided to try something new. Well sort of new. I’ve been making teriyaki bowl for years and years, but never in a hollowed out pineapple bowl!…

the bees knees {burnt honey whiskey sour}

Are you a fan of sweet whiskey drinks? This is one of my favorites. I love the bee theme. My first name, Melissa, means bee, and therefore, I dedicate this drink to me. for one cocktail: 2 and 1/2 oz. whiskey (I used Jack Daniel’s) 1 and 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 and…

super crunch fried chicken BLT

Yesterday I was craving a super crunchy chicken sandwich. Like the kind you can get at KFC and Chick-Fil-A. I’m not crazy about the weird oil that most fast food restaurants cook with (mostly vegetable oil which is actually evil soybean oil. Not kidding. Look at the ingredients. 100% soybean oil. I was shocked!) I…

bacon bourbon baked beans

I purchased a 5 quart, Red Wing Pottery bean pot recently and I couldn’t wait to make my first batch of homemade baked beans in it! I had so much fun creating this decadent bean recipe. They’re perfectly sweet, smoky, tangy, bacony, rich and saucy. Feel free to leave out the bourbon at the end…

mile high bbq chicken skillet nachos

I am sooooo darn excited to be working with the awesome company Food Should Taste Good. One of their reps contacted me and asked if I would like to develop some unique recipes using their chips, to which I replied an enthusiastic “YES!” She also asked if I would provide a drink pairing for each…

state fair totchos {tater tot nachos}

Here’s another one of the delicious, somewhat outrageous, appetizers I made for Super Bowl Sunday! I got the idea from the lineup of new offerings at the Minnesota State Fair this past August and just knew I had to recreate these at home. They’re the perfect indulgence for a special gathering or served as a…

slow cooker philly cheese steak sandwiches

We’ve been using the slow cooker a lot this winter! I love developing new recipes for the Crock Pot. It makes cooking comfort food both fun and easy. Here’s my latest creation… You can pretty much use any steak or roast for this recipe. The slow cooking tenderizes even the least expensive cuts of meat…

cold vegetable crescent pizza

I know there are probably a bunch of recipes for this cold veggie pizza out there, but it’s so good and easy, I had to share my version. I’ve made this a LOT, and have found that people enjoy it any time of year. It’s cold and refreshing in the summer, and it’s an unexpected…

5 minute fudge

If anyone tells you that fudge has to be difficult to make to be good fudge, you can make them a batch of this in 5 minutes and prove that they are wrong, wrong, wrong 😉 This stuff is good. And it’s easy. I know you’re skeptical, but I’m NOT kidding. Another cool thing about…