Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Hungarian Wax Pepper Jam #FarmersMarketWeek

This pepper jelly is made using Hungarian Wax Peppers.  It is great mixed with cream cheese and served with crackers.  An easy and delicious snack or appetizer.

Welcome to Day 2 of Farmer's Market Week.......

Monday, August 3, 2020

Peach and Strawberry Salad #FarmersMarketWeek

This beautiful, colorful salad is a great addition to your socially distanced summer gatherings and al fresco dining.  

Today is the first day of Farmer's Market Week........

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Grilled Cheese Panini with Egg #OurFamilyTable

Four different kinds of cheese melted in a Ciabatta Roll and topped with a sunny side up egg....Breakfast has never been so delicious.

This is definitely a fork and knife kind of sandwich.........

Thursday, July 30, 2020

A Burger Recipe, A Book Review and A Bodacious Weekly Menu

The Burger:

I was inspired to make this Hickory Burger after reading Daisy Jones and the Six.  There was mention of a Hickory Burger in the novel.  I had never heard of a Hickory Burger but evidently there is a restaurant in LA called Apple Pan that is famous for them. 

What makes it a "Hickory Burger"?  It's the sauce and I will be sharing that easy peasy sauce recipe with you at the bottom of this post.  I learned this over at Foodie Goes Healthy and adapted the recipe just slightly because we were only having 3 burgers.

The Book:

Daisy Jones and the Six is set in the sixties and seventies and goes through the life of six band members and Daisy Jones who ends up working with them as a vocalist.

It is told in an oral history type of way.  You don't hear the interviewers questions but you are given all of the band members responses, takes and memories of events that took place during their time together.  

I had to keep reminding myself that this was not a real band.  The story is told in a very realistic light and deals with all the successes, failures, triumphs, losses, joys and sadness of each of the members of the band but especially of Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne who were magical when they sang together.

However, their very similar personalities caused much rift among them.  Both wanted to be in charge and thought that their way was the absolute best way.  Trying to make a point that she was in charge right from the get go, Daisy orders dinner for both of them when they go to a restaurant without consulting with Billy first.  Billy nonchalantly says...."I was going to order the Hickory Burger anyway".

This novel is being turned into a 13 week mini series by Netflix.  I cannot wait for it to come out.  There is an interesting little twist at the end of the novel but you won't get any spoilers out of me. 

I will be sharing this post over at Foodies Read.  Stop by and see what the others are reading and cooking this month.   

The Bodacious Weekly Menu:

Tomorrow we take Quinnie Lou to the airport for her trip home to CA.  It was wonderful having her for these 10 days.  She and the Teen had a lot of fun together.

Saturday we are hosting our Cozumel After Dive Party.  We went to Cozumel with our diver group right before the Pandemic hit.  We have all be quarantining until the last couple of weeks when our numbers fell enough for us to start having outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people.  We are not having 50 people, probably only 20 so social distancing should be pretty easy to achieve.  

Sunday, Frank is having a CPL class.  It, too, was originally scheduled for earlier but was canceled due to COVID.  I will be preparing breakfast and lunch for the students and we will probably have leftovers for dinner.

On Thursday we are going over to Aunt Irene's.  She has a doctor appointment that we will take her to and then Amy is coming after work to join us for dinner and cards.  Not sure what we will pick up for dinner.  We'll see what Aunt Irene has a hankering for.

So here is what we are cooking up around here this week. What's on your menu?

Saturday- Cozumel Pot Luck 
Mixed Grill Fajitas with all the Trimmings
Sides and Desserts from other guests
Drinks by Frank

Sunday-CPL Class
French Breakfast Puffs
Fresh Fruit Tray

Yogurt and Cilantro Marinated Chicken
Potato Salad 
Cole Slaw
Frozen S'More Treats

Dinner-Leftovers or Carry out

Meatless Monday
Summertime Quiche (moved from last week)

Taco Tuesday
Polish Tacos

Garlic Oatmeal Soup
Fresh Bread

Dinner with Aunt Irene

Fish Friday
Tomato Poached Cod
Instant Pot Risotto

The Blueprint for the Sauce:

Hickory Burger

Hickory Burger

Author: Wendy Klik
Prep time: 3 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 18 M
What makes a Hickory Burger a Hickory Burger? Well, at the Apple Pan Restaurant in LA it is the sauce.


  • 4 hamburger patties, seasoned and grilled to your liking
  • 4 slices cheese
  • 4 Ciabatta rolls
  • Butter
  • 1/4 c. Ketchup
  • 1/4 c. chile sauce
  • 1/2 t. hickory liquid smoke


  1. Season and cook your burgers to your desired temperature, placing a slice of cheese on each 30 seconds before removing them from the grill.
  2. While the burgers are cooking, cut the Ciabatta Rolls in half and butter the cut side.  Place cut side down on the grill next to the burgers.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the ketchup, chili sauce and hickory smoke.  
  4. Place one cooked cheeseburger onto each roll.  Top with the Hickory Sauce and serve.


Recipe from Foodie Goes Healthy



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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Enjoying Up North and the Weekly Menu

We headed up north on Thursday.  First stop was at an outlet shopping mall called Birch Run, the girls did some shopping, the Teen got another ear piercing, and we had lunch before continuing our travels.

When we arrived and checked into our rooms we walked into downtown Traverse City, shopped some more and had dinner.  Back at the room, the girls went to the pool and I crashed for the night.

Yesterday we went to the Sleeping Bear Dunes.  We were able to climb the first section and then we were exhausted.  I do have photos however they are on Frank's camera and he didn't bring the memory card so I will share those when we get home.  Drove the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and then went into Glen Arbor for lunch. 

Back at the resort we went down to the beach.  We rented a jetski and a paddleboard and played for a while.  Amy and Doug arrived and visited with us for a while before leaving to meet up with her dad and aunt for dinner.  

The girls then walked back into town while Frank and I relaxed with a glass of wine.  When they were ready we picked them up for dinner but they decided they wanted to go to the Mall first.  After the mall we headed back to downtown TC for dinner at Bubba's Burgers.  It was pretty good. Back to the room the girls headed to the hot tub, I grabbed my book, Frank grabbed is pad and I was asleep before they got back to the room again.

This morning I decided to work on my Weekly menu as they all get ready for the day.  Heading into Fish Town for lunch today and then we have Spence's Graduation Party later this afternoon.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.  

Tomorrow morning we had back home,  We hope to stop for lunch in Houghton Lake and meet up with our friends, Bob and Cathy, for a visit.

The Teen has her second segment of driving school next week.  We are having a family gathering for the Dubruls to see Quinn before she leaves on Friday.  She will be going home with my niece Steph and her daughter, Sterling after the gathering.  Steph will take her to see her Great Aunt Patty and then we have been invited to dinner on Wednesday to bring her back home.  

So here is the menu for this week....as always I love vacations but I am always happy to return home....

Spence's Grad Party

Grilled Hot Dogs
Baked Beans 

Meatless Monday
Summertime Quiche

Tuesday-Family Gathering
BBQ Ribs
Rotisserie Chicken
Potato Salad
Tuna Mac Salad
Broccoli Slaw
Baked Beans
Corn Bread

Dinner at Steph's


Fish Friday
Fish and Chips
Leftover Salads


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Suffragist Carrot Salad ala All Stirred Up #LitHappens

This easy and delicious vegetable side starts with parboiled carrots instead of raw.  It was inspired by a unique cookbook that I received an early e-copy of for review purposes.  All opinions are strictly my own.

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