Lemon Brownies (yes, there is such a thing!)

Oh Em Gee. Lemon Brownies. Where have you been all my life? Here’s the how-to: … Preheat your oven to 350. Mix 1/2 cup salted butter, (one stick), softened, the zest of 1/2 a lemon and 3/4 cup of sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add 2 large eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each…

Hawaiian Style Banana Bread

Hawaiian Style Banana Bread (Courtesy of Dennis Charfauros) 4-6 ripe bananas (2cups) 3 cups all purpose flour 2 cups sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon 3 eggs 3/4 cup veg oil or canola 2tsp imitation vanilla 1 cup crushed pineapple drained In a bowl smash bananas and add the…

Cocktail Sauce

So easy. So yummy. You’ll wonder why you’ve been buying the bottled prepackaged stuff all these years. I’m just listing the basic ingredients here – the measurements are totally up to your tastes. You will want a 2/1 ratio of ketchup and horseradish sauce (again, more horseradish if you want more kick, a lot less…

Chicken Noodle Soup

Is there anything more comforting than a hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup? I don’t think so. Let your crockpot be your best friend and simmer this lusciousness all day long. Trust me on this. Ingredients: 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts 3-4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped 2…

BBQ Sauce

I’ve always said that I like my barbecue sauce like I like my men, a little sweet, a little spicy, and a little chunky. For those who dare…. Here’s my recipe:… 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (1 large onion) 1 (or two, if you’re bold) jalapeƱo peppers, seeded and diced. 1 tablespoon minced garlic…

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

One of my prized recipes is taken from a 1950’s cookbook that belonged to my grandmother. I tweaked it a bit with the addition of crushed pineapple because, hey, who doesn’t like a lot of pineapple in a pineapple upside down cake, right? For the pineapple topping: 1 can of pineapple slices, drained – save…

Brats and Beer

Okay, I don’t actually make the beer. BUT, I have developed a kicking beer boil that will transform your ordinary bratwurst into something spectacular… 1 large onion, peeled & thinly sliced 1 clove garlic, crushed bratwursts, pricked with a fork (uncooked, Johnsonville is our favorite) 2 (12 ounce) bottles beer (Expensive brewskis are not a…

Chocolate Cake!

Chocolate Cake! Y’all knew I had to do this one right off the bat, didn’t you? It’s moist, nummy and – almost as easy as a mix (only you can actually pronounce all of the ingredients) For the Cake: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3/4 teaspoon baking powder…