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AMERICANA Restaurant and Lounge

In my consulting business, one sliver of what we do is to host A Lot of meetings and events. These meetings and events are most often all over the Midwest but sometimes even beyond. So, it is essential to know of great places to go. It’s not enough to “just have been there before” myself. […]


Kiss Me GIVEAWAY Winners

We need to announce the winners of our Kiss Me giveaway. Once again, we had an incredible response. Congratulations to Cheryl from Oklahoma, David from Wisconsin, Carol from California. I sincerely hope all of you have a great Valentine’s Day or enjoy your wine for another special occasion. And, a big thank you to Summerset […]

AMERICANA - Crab Rangoon Dip

AMERICANA – Crab Rangoon Dip

Here is a great recipe from AMERICANA Restaurant and Lounge located in Des Moines, IA.  This would be a great last minute party dip idea for the upcoming Superbowl weekend.  Stay tuned as coming up we will also be posting one of their signature desserts…. Key Lime Bites. In stand mixer with paddle attachment combine….. […]

Cinnamon Scones

Cinnamon Scones with Cinnamon Cider Glaze

I used to work with this client and when we would get together – rather than me getting an escape from working in the city and enjoying the treat of going out to her neck of the woods – she was always So Excited to get to meet in the city.  It is always fun […]

Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes

Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes

In the dead of winter buttermilk pancakes are perfect for either breakfast or dinner when served dripping with your favorite syrup.  I found this recipe in a church lady cookbook that was published years ago but the original recipe needed a little “something.”  It did not include the sugar or enough salt for my tasters […]


Shirley’s Sunshine Pie (Easy Lemon Pie)

This recipe was given to me by a friend.  This is Shirley’s Sunshine Pie or Easy Lemon Pie.  Much like our Easy Spiked Chocolate Mousse this too is SO easy as this also Maybe takes 5 minutes to make.  4 minutes of making it and getting it into the pan and 1 more minute to […]

Cheeseburger Soup

Suzanne’s Cheeseburger Soup

This is a great soup for cold winter nights. In soup pot over medium heat brown….. 1 pound lean ground beef Drain in colander and set aside. In same soup pot over medium heat add….. 3/4 cup diced onion 3/4 cup diced carrots 3/4 cup diced celery 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried parsley […]

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Dawn’s Broccoli Cheese Soup

This Broccoli Cheese Soup is perfect to serve on a cold winter night. Prepare….. 8 ounces dry commercial egg noodles according to package directions as you melt….. 2 Tablespoons butter in soup pot over medium heat.  Add….. 3/4 cup chopped onion 1 clove garlic Saute 3 minutes.  Add….. 6 cups water 6 chicken bouillon cubes […]


Kristina’s Honey Butter

Years ago I went to this really great upscale BBQ restaurant that served cornbread topped with honey butter.  So Good.  Then a few years ago I was working with the food and beverage crew at a venue where I was going to be hosting an event for a client.  As we were reviewing the possibilities […]


Greg’s Cast Iron Cornbread

Here is another great recipe from Greg and Kristi with Naughty Nurses BBQ.  This is so easy as you Make It and Bake It all in the same pan.  Greg uses a nylon whisk so that he goes easy on this finish of his favorite cast iron skillet.  This is the perfect compliment to chili […]


EASY Spiked Chocolate Mousse

This is for the “big kids” table.  This is SO easy and elegant.  Perfect dessert to serve for Valentine’s Day, your anniversary or a small dinner party.  After stumbling on the original recipe we experimented by using different liqueurs and now family and friends have a hard time deciding which one is their favorite.  Too, […]