Category Archives: Food

Chicken Dumpling Soup?

Chicken Dumpling Soup

I love chicken Dumplings + I love chicken noodle soup from scratch.


  • Dumplings mix
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan cheese


  • Boiled chicken
  • Stock from chicken
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Onion


When the soup is done cooking, add the dumplings to the pot in big spoonfuls. Cover and cook till done.

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Dr. Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich - snapped with an iPhone

Cooking the Pork Roast:

  • Pull the fat off the pork
  • Place in slow cooker
  • Add one 2 Litre of Dr. Pepper
  • Let cook for at least 7 hours *DO NOT OPEN THE LID!
  • Separate pork
  • Add BBQ Sauce from Cherry Republic

Creating the Sandwich:

  • Fresh bun
  • Coleslaw
  • Kettle chippies
  • Pulled pork

Note: We first tried using this coleslaw recipe from, and thought it was good but just okay. Later we adapted it recipe and made our own!

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Who Needs Lettuce?

Cabbage from the Garden

When you've got a head of cabbage this big, you must make lots of coleslaw!

Fresh Coleslaw

Makes you never want to eat the KFC kind again.

Our Coleslaw Recipe:

  • Fresh cabbage
  • Regular mustard
  • Stone ground Inglehoffer Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Parsley
  • Carrots
  • Hint of sugar
  • Hint of salt
  • Hint of pepper

Goes great on pulled pork sandwiches too!

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Math Tastes Good.

Ham Bagel With Avocado and Cream Cheese

Ham Bagel With Avocado and Cream Cheese

Don’t forget to pick up your half-dozen Zingerman’s bagels for FREE on your birthday!

Check out our other Zingerman’s bagel recipe ideas.

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Make banana pancakes, pretend like it’s the weekend

Anyone who’s a Jack Johnson fan will appreciate this post, because his song, “Banana Pancakes” is exactly what inspired us to make these pancakes once upon a time. The original recipe didn’t include walnuts though, but we found that they add a certain delightful crunchiness, and the fruit topping is far better than syrup could ever hope to be!

(Note: The Berries and Cherries topping comes from Cherry Republic, but we also made these with blackberry jam and fresh sliced strawberries on top, which were equally amazing!)

To make delicious pancakes, you have to start with delicious ingredients.

To make delicious pancakes, you have to start with delicious ingredients.

Walnut, spice pancake batter

Mix crushed walnuts and all-spice into the pancake batter

Rather than mixing banana into the batter, fry up banana slices in coconut oil

Rather than mixing mushed bananas straight into the batter, fry up banana slices in coconut oil, then sprinkle the slices with cinnamon or all-spice. Flip em!

Pour the pancake batter on the frying banana slices

Pour the pancake batter on the sizzling banana slices and cook as you normally would. Feel free to throw in a few blueberries too!

Then top the pancakes with berry-cherry topping from Cherry Republic!

Then top the pancakes with "Berries & Cherries Fruit Topping" from Cherry Republic! All photos snapped with an iPhone 4

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Pork Chops & Berry Cherry Topping

A completely Michigan meal!

A completely Michigan meal!

Summer Squash and Simple Marinara Sauce

Pork Chops with Berry Topping in 15 minutes

We do love our squarsh.

We do love our squarsh.

Fresh Squash – Thin slice, add small slices to the top, lightly salt, heavy pepper*, olive oil drizzle, mozzarella topping, italian seasoning, and then sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake at 400 for 10 mins, and then broil for 5 mins.

Pork Chops – Poke with fork a lot, olive oil, salt and pepper. When 50% done, add rosemary. Cook until tender not chewy (best to use a thermometer). Serve with Berries and Cherries Topping from Cherry Republic over fresh arugula.

Red Sauce – Blanch tomatoes, dice, add tomatoes and juice to sauteed garlic, simmer and reduce. Reduce until it has a paste like consistency (sauce it), add pepper and serve over squash.

Wine – We served this with Contessa Blueberry Wine from Michigan.

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Beyond Basil.. The Summer Squash Debut.

Giant Summer Squash

Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head...

Squash, Parmesean, Garlic & Olive Oil. Divine!

Squash, Parmesean, Garlic & Olive Oil. Divine!

Initially upon discovering this giant yellow squash in our garden, we were delighted in thinking that we had grown the biggest and best squash the world has ever seen. Doug exclaimed that it was so much bigger than any we had ever seen in stores, and then it occurred to me, perhaps there’s a reason why they are all the same size in stores? After all, they are genetically engineering fruits & veggies to be bigger and better all time, and yet we easily grew a giant squash without any prior gardening experience? It was too good to be true.

“Maybe there’s a reason they pick them before they get this big?” I asked. “Maybe we should look up when we are supposed to harvest these things.”

I proceeded to jump onto Google and find out.  [insert sad trombone here]

Come to find out, you want to avoid letting a summer squash get too large. “A large squash can become very seedy and gain a mealy, undesirable taste.” Ahh.. right. Well now that we have this giant un-delicious squash, what do we do with it? The internet to the rescue. Actually on the very same page that told me I should have picked this squash a week ago, it also linked to a recipe for an overgrown squash, or squarsh as we like to call it.

It wasn’t half bad actually, and we reallly enjoyed it. However, Doug improvised (of course) a little by adding paprika, adding a bit more garlic, and using Chipotle Olive Oil. He also used mozzarella in addition to parmesan cheese.

This week we enjoyed a similar recipe that Doug cooked up on his own. I think it turned out to be outstanding and far better than the first. Granted the squash wasn’t as overgrown this time, but any size of squash you’ve got will do. Just add the magic sauce, and voila!

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Pork Tenderloin

Slicing the Pork Tenderloin

So easy to make, and it smells fantastic!

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin over spinach, corn & red peppers reduced in wine

Bacon-wrapped Pork Tenderloin with the "special sauce"

Bacon-wrapped Pork Tenderloin with the "special sauce"

Pork – First clean the pork, no one enjoys chewing through a ton of fat. Once clean, stab with fork a bunch. Rub with salt and pepper. Add italian seasoning to the top. Wrap in bacon and cut the extra off. Brown the wrapped tenderloin so the bacon is more crisp. When your done, Place on cooking stone and bake at 350 till inside temp reaches 170. Usually about 30-40 mins. Pull out and slice. Serve over magic sauce.

Magic Sauce – Miracle HaWhip and Sriracha sauce (if you don’t know it, find it… NOW!). I’ll let you determine your heat.

Asparagus – Broil with olive oil, salt and pepper until slightly crisp.

Potatoes – Ziplock bag, olive oil, diced potatoes and Lipton french onion seasoning… Bake (not in the ziplock).

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Basil Birthday Omelette on a Poppyseed Bagel

Basil and Feta Omelette on a Zingerman's Poppyseed Bagel

Basil and Feta Omelette on a Zingerman's Poppyseed Bagel

  • Poppyseed bagel topped with Cream cheese
  • Scrambled eggs with sharp cheddar folded in
  • Fresh tomato slices
  • Several basil leaves
  • Crumbled Feta

This made for a perfect birthday breakfast! Don’t forget to pick up your half-dozen Zingerman’s bagels for FREE on your birthday!

Check out our other Zingerman’s bagel recipe ideas.

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It may be Independence Day, but Italian colors taste better!

Caprese Sandwiches

Caprese Sandwiches, such delicate flavors perfectly combined!


Sandwich – Hard roll sliced. Baste with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette (both sides). Thick slice tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella. Swoon.

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