Osso Buco

by kara on January 14, 2013

Oh goodness.  It’s so ridiculously cold outside this week.  All it takes is frigid temps like these to make me hibernate and cook at home.  Osso Buco is one of my tried and true winter weather meals to make on a Sunday.  I start it mid-morning and let it simmer in the slow cooker, with […]


Decked Out Burgers

by kara on July 21, 2012

Decked Out Burgers.  What more can I say?  Well, I guess I could tell you about the bacon, cheese, portobello mushrooms topping.  Ridiculous, right?  I went through a phase in college when I didn’t eat meat. I know, what was I thinking?  However strict I was with this meat-free diet, I couldn’t resist eating Decked Out […]

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Beef Stroganoff

by kara on December 4, 2011

    Beef Stroganoff: the one dish I’ve made since junior high school.  My mom taught me how to make it when she was working full-time as a single-parent. It became one of my favorite meals that I made for our family during the week.   I still love it.  Yes, this recipe has canned cream of mushroom soup […]

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Mom’s Cabbage Rolls

by kara on November 17, 2011

My mom makes the best cabbage rolls ever.  Seriously.  I’ve had cabbage rolls at ethnic restaurants in the Twin Cities, and they just don’t compare to my Mom’s cabbage rolls.  This recipe takes time (at least an hour prep, then 2 hours in the oven), but it’s worth the effort.  It’s a great meal to make […]


Slow Cooker Picadillo

by kara on November 2, 2011

This recipe is yet another reminder of why I love my slow cooker.  Picadillo is a traditional Latin American dish, with variations depending on the region.  I’ve made this version several times, and it’s always a hit with my family.  We ate this dish again before Halloween trick-or-treating this year.  Jack was able to get some real food in […]

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    I’m recovering from foot surgery and not able to move around much in the kitchen.  This means we’ve been cooking simple meals.   Last week’s weather was perfect for pot roast.  I’m normally not the biggest fan of pot roast and thought adding bacon might change my mind.   It certainly did, proving once again that everything […]


Green Chile Cheeseburger

by kara on August 11, 2011

These cheeseburgers are awesome.  No lie.  Throw them on the grill before summer is over and you will be sure to impress your guests.  We really like cheese, so added more than the original recipe.  Use less if you prefer.   I can’t get enough of the beets or tomatoes at the farmers market right now.  […]

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ND Easter trip and Bacon Deviled Eggs

by kara on April 27, 2011

We took a road trip to western ND for the Easter holiday.  In 3 whole days, we saw a handful of friends and family.  Whew! We  started out with a bang by having a pizza party (courtesy of  A and B Pizza) at my mom’s home in Bismarck.  The pizza did not disappoint, and we had a blast […]


Food Blogger Event, The Local

by kara on April 21, 2011

I ate a lot of  “Irish Meat” last night.  I attended a MN Food Bloggers event that was held at The Local in downtown Minneapolis. I had the pleasure to meet many talented foodie writers; not to mention two of the owners of The Local, Kieran Folliard and Peter Killen.  Chef Mike Phillips from Green Ox Meats and The Local kitchen […]


BBQ Beef Sandwiches

by kara on February 3, 2011

Since our house has been under construction, I have been able to pull off making a few meals in my crock pot in our makeshift kitchen.  I’ve made this recipe several times, and it’s always great.  Don’t let the long list of ingredients fool you.  Once all of the ingredients are in the crock pot, you’re nearly done.   BBQ Beef Sandwiches Adapted […]