. Christmas Dinner Menu:  Horseradish Crusted Prime Rib, Sweet Potato Souffle, Baked Asparagus, and Killer Salad. One fantastic meal. I’ve been making Horseradish Crusted Prime Rib for Christmas dinner for at least the last 3 years. Every year it truly stands up to it’s hype. The original recipe is from Tyler Florence found here on […]


Tex-Mex Chili

by kara on November 28, 2010

I’m pretty sure this is my favorite chili.  After Thanksgiving dinner and eating leftovers, this meal was a pleasant alternative.   I’ve made it several times, and always get rave reviews.  I have mixed feelings about Rachel Ray, but I have to give her credit for coming up with a few staple recipes.  This recipe calls for ground beef, but ground turkey could […]


It’s cold outside.   There’s no denying it.  This meal will warm your body and soul.  It’s hearty.  Turn your kitchen into a bistro without leaving your house.  It makes at least 6 servings, so invite a few people over. . .or don’t and have leftovers the next day.  Use a good wine and enjoy a glass […]

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Satay Recipe

by kara on August 4, 2010

When I married my husband, his mom gave me a collection of his favorite recipes.  Satay was one of them.   It’s a recipe that the family’s Unitarian Universalist Church in Bismarck, ND would serve at fundraisers and art fairs.   The Conrads, church members, brought back the recipe from a trip to Indonesia. The first time we made the satay recipe, I was […]


Independence Holiday

by kara on July 7, 2010

We traveled to Bismarck, ND for the 4th of July holiday weekend.  Like many other families, our holidays almost always revolve around food in addition to socializing.  My mom and step-dad are truly wonderful cooks and went out of their way to make our meals special. My favorite meal on our trip:   Seriously, how pretty and simple is that?  My mom […]

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Father’s Day

by kara on June 20, 2010

Father’s Day.  The last 2 years, I’ve shorted Courtland when it comes to celebrating Father’s Day by mistakenly planning girls weekends (insert selfish comment here) and coming home late by missing my planes.  . .I know. . . not one, but two years in a row.  So, this year, I marked my calendar and made sure […]