Super Bowl XLV ☞ Be the host with the most this Sunday!

You have to love Super Bowl Sunday. Team rivalry, half-time entertainment, good company to watch the game with, and excellent food! Here are some recipes that are sure to kick off your day of sports with a bang. Click on any of the titles or pictures to take you directly to the recipe page on our website.


Pork Spareribs with Rum Barbecue Sauce: No matter what, ribs will always be a hit at parties because they are fun, require no silver-ware, and taste down-right amazing.


Savory Roasted Prime Rib : Perfect for those meat lovers out there. A nice smoky and savory flavor. This dish also makes great sandwiches and leftovers.


Potato Salad is always a hit whether you are at home or tailgating before a game. We have two recipes for you. Old-Fashioned Potato Salad is a traditional potato salad like grandma used to make.  Picnic Perfect Potato Salad with Arugula Pesto puts a twist on the old and brings in some of the new.

Old-Fashioned Potato Salad

Picnic Perfect Potato Salad with Arugula Pesto


Chicken and White Bean Chili: Simply put, this dish is a crowd pleaser. A great contrast to the traditional chilis out there. This recipe has a creamy texture and a slightly smoky flavor.


Nectarine and Arugula Salad: Sweet nectarines work wonderfully with sharp arugula (baby spinach or mixed greens can be substituted for arugula).


Cowboy Caviar is a fancy name for a great dip loaded with Indiana corn, whole black beans and avocado.  It will disappear quickly, so make plenty.


Barbecued Chicken, Onion and Apple Pizza is exotic and like no other pizza, but still satisfies that pizza craving. Why call for delivery when you can have it this good?


Dijon Crusted Chicken Wings can be served at room temperature, making them a great take-along dish.  These are again and again a favorite of Foodie Kitchen followers.


Congo Bars are the perfect party sweet treat. Melt in your mouth goodness, easy to make, yet a bit unexpected – not quite a brownie, not quite a cookie.


No matter who you are rooting for, or what your tastes, you are sure to find a recipe that strikes your fancy on Can’t find what you are looking for? Write to us, we”ll help.

December Recipe Contest Winner Announced

Michele Em won in our category “My New Favorite of the Year”.  This dish incorporates ingredients readily available year-round, is a snap to throw in a pot, and is a heart-warming favorite for everyone. This can also be made in a slow-cooker.

Chicken in a Pot with Grapes, Peppers and Butternut Squash

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November Recipe Contest Winner Announced!

This winning recipe for Butternut Oyster Stew was entered by DuWayne Heupel.  Being a fan of both butternut squash and oysters, I found this recipe to be creative and delicious.  Squash is plentiful right now and stews are so comforting in cooler weather.

Be sure to check out our next Contest here.  Enter!  You could be a winner!

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Mash Those Potatoes!

There are multiple steps in creating a Thanksgiving feast.  (See my blog on pulling it all together for detailed tips on timing and preparation).

For those of you who believe no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without mashed potatoes, this tool is for you.  Not only is it a great conversation piece, it gets the job done in half the time as a regular masher.  One of the kids may actually volunteer to mash the potatoes just for the fun of using the Simply Mash Potato Masher.  In the spirit of products with multi-use capabilities, it works for yams and avocados as well.

And don’t forget to check out my recipe for Old Fashioned Mashed Potatoes.

October Recipe Contest Winner Announced!

Melissa McCabe won in our “Autumn Soups” contest for her delicious Roasted Cauliflower and Squash Soup

September Recipe Contest Winner Announced!

The September recipe contest theme was “Put an Egg on It”.  This category, suggested by one of my readers, was an opportunity to think of eggs beyond breakfast.  Michael Cohen won for his innovative recipe, Thai Bird’s Nest with Poached Eggs.  Give it a try for a delicious and unique way to enjoy poached eggs.

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Eat Some Vegetables! Better Yet, Grow Some!

The story in today’s New York Times about Americans not eating enough vegetables really got to me.  I had just harvested from my small garden, was happy with my beautiful bounty (pictured above),  thinking about what I would make for dinner tonight.  I harvest this much at least every other day, in September, and this doesn’t include the other basket of hot peppers and herbs that I collected. Anyone with a little outdoor space that gets sunlight can throw some seeds in the dirt and grow their own foods, even in a few pots on a balcony.  What are you waiting for?  The results are so rewarding!

Seed Source: Renee’s Garden

Varieties pictured: Spanish Padrons (Tapas Peppers), Baby Belle Peppers, Pole Beans, Sungold Tomatoes and Carmello Tomatoes

What to do with Spanish Padrons: recipe