It happens every winter. There is an arctic freeze weekend where the temps hover around zero. This was that weekend. I finished a perfect winter hike Saturday morning in a gentle snow. I was greeted with white-outs and dropping temps as I drove home.
Christmas celebrations are about tradition. These traditions bind generations together and link us to our past ancestors. Most everyone has a food tradition that has been passed down through the generations. I come from an ethnic background of first generation Hungarian and Swiss Americans. Christmas’s of my past were very much defined by my Hungarian paternal grandparents. They lived in the heart of the Hungarian…
Last night was the annual holiday meeting and party at my local bariatric support group. I made this hummus with the flavors of the famous Buffalo chicken wings. It came out terrific. It had just the right amount of heat to it and was a big hit. I served it with baked pita chips.
Most Buckeyes are familiar with the shredded chicken sandwich. It makes an appearance at most small town football and basketball concession stands, as well as, festivals and arts and craft shows. It is definitely not a delicacy concocted from fine ingredients. It is one of those plain old Midwestern comfort foods that can be easily whipped up by just about anyone.
I seldom share recipes. Several people have asked for this recipe. It seems like a good thing to share my mom’s ham load recipe. It is the week after Easter and the perfect time to use that left over ham. Many of my friends on the east and west coasts have never heard of this Midwest staple. Just about any Lutheran church potluck has 2-3 of these to offer.
The other night, some of the members of my weight loss support group met up for an evening at a local winery. These small wineries in Ohio allow patrons to bring in food. Sometime last year I had saved this dip recipe. I needed to take something somewhat healthy, and it was calling my name.
Ralphie, the main character in A Christmas Story, wanted an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle more than anything from Christmas. A Christmas Story really brings back my childhood memories of Christmas morning. Like Ralphie, my brother, sister and I always had that one gift that was the matter of life and death that we just had to get from Santa.
Apple butter is my favorite fruit spread for toast or pancakes. It also makes a nice addition to oatmeal. Several years back my cousins Linda and Joan introduced me to apple butter made in a slow cooker. This recipe is a combination of several recipes. I’ve played with the contents over time to come up with what I think is the perfect apple butter.