5 Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day

The week just started and I'm all ready counting down the days to the long weekend. I plan on spending every second I can soaking up sunshine (I'm looking a little pasty after spending so much time stuck inside this winter.)  If you're looking for a few good recipes for Memorial Day, here are some of our favorites to get your started. Enjoy!

5 Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day

Blueberry Chicken Salad - served on croissants, or your favorite bread.

Loaded Potato Salad - always a crowd pleaser and easy to make in advance.

Caramelized Onion Dip - make a double batch, this will disappear in no time!

Dr Pepper Pulled Pork - sweet and spicy, just the way pulled pork should be.

Better Than a Box Mix Brownies - it's chocolate, need I say more?


Be sure to check out our Recipe Archive for more great ideas!

6 Easy Super Bowl Recipes

The Super Bowl is almost here and this is your friendly reminder that you only have a week to decide what you're going to fix for the big game. Here are six easy recipes to get you started.

6 Easy Super Bowl Recipes
  1. Blueberry Chicken Salad — served on croissants
  2. Dr Pepper Pulled Pork — served on caramelized onion rolls or as tacos
  3. Guacamole — with tortilla chips
  4. Ham Salad — served on crackers or as sandwiches
  5. Caramelized Onion Dip — served with pita chips or potato chips
  6. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus — with a variety of fresh veggies or pita chips

Want some more delicious ideas for game day? Check out keywords Game DaySuper Bowl, or Party Planning in our Recipe Archive



Easter 2014 Menu and a Visit from the Easter Beagle

Easter is almost here, which means it's time for me to dust off my copy of It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown so I can watch it with my son. After that we pack our suitcases and get ready for the long road trip back home to visit with friends and family. Unfortunately this year we've had a last minute change of plans, we'll still curl up on the couch and watch our traditional holiday movie, but we won't be making the trip home. This is only the second time I've found myself in charge of Easter, so I don't have a pre-planned menu to fall back on. We'll be having ham garnished with pineapple and maraschino cherries as well as some lighter side dishes full of fresh veggies. If you're still looking for something light and simple to help round out your holiday meal, make sure you check out the side dishes below and don't forget about our fabulous Lemon Meringue Pie for dessert.

Easter Side Dishes

Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

Honey Glazed Carrots

Classic Side Dishes 

Green Bean Casserole with Caramelized Onion, Bacon, and MushroomsSpicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Lemon Meringue Pie

Something Fun for the Easter Basket

Baby Bunny Chocolate Pretzels

Our 2013 Christmas Menu and a nod to Charlie Brown

I know things have been rather quiet around here lately, but we've had a bit of a medical emergency that hasn't been leaving me any time to concentrate on all the fun things I had planned to write about this month. Right now the calendar in my kitchen is full of sharpie scribbles and X's where I have tried rather unsuccessfully to rearrange things. Fortunately some of my posts were written in advance and I've had a few back-up review posts to share with you, otherwise you may not have heard from me at all. 

It has just been that kind of month around here... 

I know that all of you understand that family comes first and I appreciate the kind messages I have received from my readers and friends on Steepster. They do brighten my day, I love to hear from you guys! If I haven't had an opportunity to respond to you yet, I promise that I will as soon as time allows. My husband finds out tomorrow when the surgeon can fit him in. We're in a sort of holding pattern until then, so that really has put a damper on my holiday spirit. Hopefully it won't affect our holiday plans much.

We did finally decorate the inside of the house, although it's definitely time for a new tree. My husband keeps referring to it as the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. Ok, so maybe one or two (or possibly as many as half the branches) fell off as we were putting it up. It's also possible that I had to fill in the bare spots with some pre-lit garland that was the same color as the tree, just so I could hang up the ornaments. After putting up our tree, I understood completely how Charlie Brown felt as he placed the ornament on his tree and it bent over. 

I've killed it! Everything I touch gets ruined!

Charlie Brown, I feel your pain...

There are only 9 days left until Christmas and I still don't have a menu planned for our meal, or any idea if it will have to be rescheduled. What I do have are twisted peppermint plug-ins from Bath and Body Works, copious amounts of Christmas cookies, and Egg Nog from Sassy Cow Creamery in Columbus, WI. The holidays are almost here, even if I'm suffering from a case of the bah-humbugs brought on by lack of sleep and stress.

What I wouldn't give for one day this week where I could get a solid eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. I wonder if Santa reads my blog, maybe I should cover all my bases (with a little nod to Lucy from Charlie Brown's Christmas while I'm at it.) Although I'm wondering if the approach Linus took was better. Should I try for a peculiarly refreshing letter instead?

I'll just stick with the direct approach for now.

Dearest Santa,

I have been perfect all year. Perhaps you could bring me a few extra hours of sleep and a housekeeper this year. 

Affectionately yours,

Jenn (Your Friend)

P.S. Merry Christmas

Jenn (Your Very Best Friend)

XXXXXXXXX <-- Kisses 

Instead of writing letters to Santa, I should probably sit down and plan the dinner menu so I can do the grocery shopping next week. We likely won't have guests for our holiday meal like I had planned. That really bums me out because I love cooking for other people and seldom get the chance to do so. 

Curious about what I'll be putting together in the kitchen at Not Starving Yet? Here is a rundown on what I've decided on making this year with links to some of the recipes. My updates will still continue to be sporadic over the next few weeks, but as I have time I'll post the recipes for you to enjoy. Hopefully by the start of the new year things will be back to normal around here.

Main Course

Hormel® Cure 81® Classic Boneless Ham

Side Dishes

Southern Style Corn (check back soon for the recipe)

Red and Green Mashed Potatoes (check back soon for the recipe)

Parker House Rolls (Pioneer Woman)


Cherry Pie


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