Cheryl’s BBQ Brisket

Ever since this recipe was sent in to us I have been wanting to try it. This recipe comes from an expert as this is from a farmer/cow-calf operator who typically prepares this with homegrown beef.  Here are Cheryl’s tips for buying this cut of meat from the store and how to best prepare BBQ […]

Grandma’s Beef and Noodles

This post is actually harder to do as the real way I make this is not a straightforward as our previous post for Grandma’s Chicken and Noodles.  And, I actually have No Idea if this is how She made Beef and Noodles – this is how I make it, but of course still using Grandma’s […]

Kristina’s Chicken Salad

This recipe assumes you have Butter Balls on hand as you start by making a simple white sauce.  If you do not have butter balls simply combine 2 Tablespoons softened salted sweet cream butter and 2 Tablespoons flour until well combined.  Use this mixture to replace the Butter Balls in the recipe.  And – this […]


We are partnering with Cookies BBQ on a very special giveaway.  Now, for those of you in Iowa and around the Midwest, well, there is little I am able to do that will extend awareness of their popular products.  But – for those of you who are Not located in the Midwest – well, Cookies […]

Grandma’s Red Cake

This classic Red Cake is perfect to serve for dessert on Valentine’s Day.  This is the recipe Grandma would use to make Red Cake.  We want to mention this references Waldorf Astoria Deluxe Red Cake.  Always a sight to see this sitting on the dining room table when you would stop by around Valentine’s Day. […]

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

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 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

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 […]