Irish Nacho style waffle fries on a red plate

Irish Nachos

With St Patrick’s Day approaching, I am in the mood for some good pub-inspired munchies. And these Irish Nachos are the perfect answer! What are Irish Nachos? Okay, so let’s be clear: they’re not really Irish and they’re not really nachos. Ha! The concept of nachos is there, but instead of chips the base is made of some type of potato. That’s the Irish part. And instead of layering with Mexican flavors, this time we use bacon, green onions, and cheese. What they really remind me of is baked potato skins, which used to be on every appetizer menu I

Air Fryer Frozen Onion rings on a small red plate

Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings

Onion lovers unite! I am still enjoying my air fryer lid, and after the success with air fryer French fries, I knew I needed to try another: air fryer frozen onion rings. Onion rings are a real favorite in this house, so I knew I’d meet no resistance trying them out!! Ingredients needed Just like for French fries, only 2 ingredients needed: Frozen onion rings Cooking spray And equipment – I have the Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid. (and if you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, you can buy this as a combo.) How to cook frozen onion rings

Instant pot cube steak with noodles on a white plate

Instant Pot Cube Steak

If you need a weeknight dinner for someone who craves red meat, cube steak in the Instant Pot is a great solution! Its fast, tender and full of flavor. It is old fashioned comfort food but of course made so much faster and easier in the Instant Pot. Ingredients needed Cube (cubed) steak Cream of mushroom soup Beef consommé Mushrooms Onion Flour Olive oil What is cubed steak? Some say cube steak, others cubed steak. Either way, they are thin cuts of meat, usually sirloin or top round, which are flattened by pounding with a meat tenderizer. The name refers

Potato crusted cod on a white plate

Potato Crusted Cod

I love my seafood, especially salmon, but sometimes a simple cod fillet does just as well. Beer battered fish is practically its own religion in Wisconsin, but I wanted something a little lighter and easier than that. This potato crusted cod fits the bill quite nicely! Instant potato flakes are mixed with seasonings and then used to coat the cod pieces before frying. It makes a lovely crunchy outer crust around the tender cod within. Ingredients needed Cod – I buy fillets that are individually frozen to make it easy to thaw just enough for a meal. The recipe is

French fries in a basket

Air Fryer Frozen French Fries

Guess who got an air fryer for Christmas? Yes, I did! And I am really looking forward to exploring this different way of cooking some favorites. Where to start? Air fryer frozen French fries, of course. LOL I mean, aren’t we all looking for a faster and easier way to cook up some frozen fries for a quick side dish? I had to know how this cooking method worked, and fries seemed like the logical place to start. Ingredients needed Frozen French fries Cooking spray Pretty easy, right? Disclosure: I have omitted the cooking spray more than once and had

close up of french onion potato bake on a blue plate

French Onion Potato Bake

Potatoes are my favorite comfort food staple. It’s always fun to find new ways to make them. Today it’s French onion potato bake. Similar to scalloped or au gratin potatoes, but easier and with a flavor twist. Ingredients needed Potatoes (no surprise here) Sour cream Half and half Shredded cheese – “Italian mixed” French onion soup mix (dry packet) How to make these potatoes Whenever you make a potato dish like this, the important step is to get evenly sliced potatoes. If you have a mandolin, this is a good time to use it. (please watch your fingers!) Even better

Dragon Fruit cocktail in a coupe glass

Dragon Fruit Cocktail

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I think a new cocktail is needed. And I’ve been on a bit of a dragon fruit kick lately, having made both a dragon fruit smoothie and a smoothie bowl. I couldn’t resist making a dragon fruit cocktail to try and capture that spectacular magenta color and pour it in a cocktail glass. Ingredients needed Dragon Fruit puree (magenta) Elderflower Liqueur (St Germain) Vodka Lemon juice – fresh squeezed Simple syrup Simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water dissolved together. For one-time use, I make a few tablespoons at a time, just microwave them

Nutella Martini

Nutella Martini

February 5 of every year is World Nutella Day. This is the day when we all celebrate the deliciously sweet and irresistible spread made of chocolate and hazelnut. And this year, I decided to celebrate with an adult beverage: a Nutella Martini. Ingredients needed It’s a short list of ingredients, and each is important: Vodka Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur) Nutella Cream or milk Optional for garnish: more Nutella, chopped hazelnuts, or crushed graham crackers How to make this Nutella Martini Like most cocktails, you mix all the ingredients together and then pour into a glass. But for this one, the Nutella

keto spinach artichoke dip on a celery stick

Keto Spinach Artichoke Dip

No appetizer buffet is complete without some type of spinach dip. Some are hot, some cold. I like them all! After all, they are full of spinach and therefore should count as a serving of vegetables, right? Yes. I made a cooked version and kept the carbs low to make it keto spinach artichoke dip. But all your guests will enjoy it, I promise. 😀 Ingredients needed Spinach – I used fresh but frozen will work too Cream cheese Mayo Sour cream Parmesan cheese (grated) Artichoke hearts – a can or jar, 12-14 oz in size Garlic cloves Black pepper