Monthly Archives: January, 2012

Apples and Bacon

I’m a fan of non-stick cookware, but for some recipes cast iron is just better. This is one of those recipes. I’m sure non-stick would be just fine, but cast iron just feels right here. Maybe it’s because I could see just about any of my ancestors cooking this dish and they would have used cast iron.

The basic recipe came from the book Scandinavian Cooking: Classic Cooking from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland but I couldn’t leave it as is. I actually increased the fruit to bacon ration (yes, less bacon) as well as adding a few things. It turned out to be quite tasty and not nearly as heavy a meal as you might expect. Continue reading →


Trader Joe’s Red Pepper Spread

Quite honestly, I don’t remember why I bought this product. I think it was one of those browsing moments that went something like this, “Hmm, looks interesting and look its cheap!” Memory says it was $2-3. A couple months later I discovered it in my cupboard and decided it needed to be used up. Continue reading →

Salmon Filled Mushrooms

What can I say? I love mushrooms, I love smoked salmon, I love cream cheese. I guess I can say, tasty!

15 mushrooms
Garlic salt & black pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. sliced green onion
3 tsps. Pimentos
½ lb. salmon
3 oz. soften cream cheese
2 Tbsp. sour cream
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Dash hot pepper sauce
Dash paprika Continue reading →

Maple Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries

There are leftover holiday foods lurking in my refrigerator. I caught a cold the 1st of December and it lingered all month long. It put a damper on my holiday cooking, not to mention my holiday. Luckily, Brussels sprouts and cranberries last a good long time in the refrigerator!

Roasting Brussels sprouts brings out their natural sweetness, same with the cranberries, adding maple syrup seals the deal. This is an excellent way to introduce people to Brussels sprouts. These poor maligned little vegetables have been mistreated for years. They are powerhouses in the nutrient category, don’t believe me, check here.

To make a full meal, I added some precooked sausages the last 10 minutes of the roasting time and served it with toast. If you go with this option, the recipe serves two. Continue reading →

Cheesy Hummus Potato Skins

We draw names to bring each other birthday treats at work. Somehow, I forgot to bring my persons. Not only did I forget, I forgot for over a month. In an effort to make amends, I made various and many treats to share. These stole the show. The crusty cheese topping contrasts with the creamy filling. The pimentos and green onion give it just the right kick. Give ’em a try and tell me what you think! Continue reading →