Cheese Week! Last Chances and Full Fromagical Nerdity

It’s Friday! Which means that Cheese Week is drawing to a close. As is the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a pair of free tickets to the Minnesota Cheese Festival. So, let’s get the business end out of the way first: want to enter? You have until midnight tonight to leave a…

Cheese Week! Chevre, take me away…

Sometimes, you have a day. It’s not that the day was bad, but you wouldn’t call it good either. It was just a day. And you need a little break, the chance to hit the reset button to make it through to the end of it. Maybe a little snack? Something to amuse the bouche?…

Cheese Week! Tomato, tomahto.

“So, as Cheese Week continues here, will my cholesterol be significantly higher?” This was the question put to me by my husband as he reached for his third slice of today’s featured recipe. “Can I have something else, I don’t think I like this,” came the complaint from my son as I told him what…

Cheese Week! Cheese is for kids.

Cheese isn’t just for grown-ups, you know. And kids shouldn’t be limited to cheeses that come in bright packaging with illustrations on it, having them identify more with a character than the contents of the cheese. Which is why I was thrilled when I noticed that the Minnesota Cheese Festival offers a kids rate for…

Cheese Week! Stuffed French Toast, for starters…

This week is one that’s anticipated by many in our fair state, as the State Fair opens on Thursday. Not only is there unparallelled people watching, but the State Fair also brings forth some truly innovative food concepts for the masses to taste and either love or hate. But that’s not what Cheese Week is…

Freezer Nesting: The Mother-in-Law’s Stroganoff Recipe

Aromatic cues are some of the sweetest nostalgic reminders out there, if you ask me. And this recipe is one that trips up aromatic cues for both my husband and son. Coming to you from my husband’s childhood comfort food repertoire – while it is called “Beef Stroganoff” on the recipe card, it’s probably more…

Freezer Nesting: Easy Chicken Enchiladas

This dish is not elaborate. It’s a quick and simple sort of go-to dish that we turn to probably once a month in our household. Everyone loves them, and making them at the end of a workday is no real chore. Why freeze ahead? Because while everyone in our house loves them, the full recipe…

Catching up on Freezer Nesting: Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Whoah. How did the third trimester get here already? While there haven’t been a ton of posts here lately, the Freezer Nesting mission has continued. How about a catch-up? When we left off, I had stashed a whopping 12 meals (or meal starters) in the chest freezer. Since then, I’ve put away another dozen, bringing…

Freezer Nesting: Chicken and Dumplings

It’s hard to top Chicken and Dumplings when it comes to comfort food. Not a quick dish by any means, but after the aromatic torture of the few hours it takes to prepare this dish, sitting at the table becomes a multi-sensory consumption. Lean over the bowl as the ribbon of steam unfurls across your…

Freezer Nesting: Shepherd’s Pie

I first tried out this recipe as a freezer-friendly option when I was making some meals to bring over to my sister. She and her family were caring for her mother-in-law for a bit. Knowing how not having to worry about a meal would be a nice way to help, I took this Shepherd’s Pie…