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Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Loaded with fresh strawberries, this Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream is an easy and delicious summer dessert!

Loaded with fresh strawberries, this Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream is an easy and delicious summer dessert!Strawberry Ice Cream is a classic.  Sure, it’s not vanilla or chocolate…but it’s still a classic.  I mean, it even has a spot in the Neapolitan lineup right alongside its two heavyweight friends.  So why is strawberry ice cream so difficult to find?  It usually takes me a bit of rummaging around in the ice cream bins at the store to find strawberry.  Of course, I can always do the Neapolitan threesome–but sometimes I just want all strawberry.  I don’t want to eat around the other two flavors.  (I have issues with mixing my ice cream flavors.  I was a strange kid.)  I just want a bowl of plain strawberry ice cream, darn it!Continue Reading »

Southwestern Taco Burger

Loaded with southwestern seasonings and topped with corn salsa, this
Southwestern Taco Burger is a fun way to mix up burger night!

Loaded with southwestern seasonings and topped with corn salsa, this  Southwestern Taco Burger is a fun way to mix up burger night!We eat a lot of tacos in our house.  In fact, it’s kind of a running joke.  Not sure what to have for dinner?  Then it’s a taco night!  My wife cooks dinner almost every night of the week, and she makes a mean taco.  I’ve tried to mimic her taco-making abilities when she goes out of town…but I fail.  It’s never the same.  But wait.  Hold up a second.  I’m the food blogger, but my wife makes dinner every night?  Yup, you read that right.Continue Reading »

Mocha Mississippi Mud Pie

This Mocha Mississippi Mud Pie features a chocolate-pecan crust filled with a decadent mocha chocolate pudding.  Add some whipped cream, and you’ve got the perfect summer dessert!

This Mocha Mississippi Mud Pie features a chocolate-pecan crust filled with a decadent mocha chocolate pudding.  Add some whipped cream, and you've got the perfect summer dessert!Have you guys ever thought about how recipes get their names?  As a former Latin teacher, I’ve always appreciated etymology and how words come to mean different things over time.  For instance, ‘biscuit’ comes from the Latin words bis (twice) and coquere (to cook).  (The Romans used to bake their biscuits twice to help them last longer.)  But then you have other phrases like ‘French fries’ which are not actually French at all.  (French fries were developed in Belgium.)Continue Reading »

Sparkling Maple Lemonade

I’ve partnered with SocialStars and Johnsonville® to share this fun and refreshing Sparkling Maple Lemonade.  Grab a glass of lemonade and fire up the grill! #SausageFamily

Sweetened with maple syrup, this Sparkling Maple Lemonade is a refreshing drink to serve on a hot summer day! #SausageFamilyA little over a year ago, my wife and I wandered over one weekend to a maple farm in western Massachusetts.  This farm had a little cafe with legendary pancakes, and of course they served those pancakes with fresh maple syrup.  This place lived up to the hype!Continue Reading »