Super Bowl Party!

By Erika on December 24th, 2012 / / No Comments

Holiday Kids Party Food!

By Erika on October 30th, 2012 / / 1 Comment

I remember when I was a child, my mother made holidays magical, and secretly I always felt Santa could peek around the corner at any minute to see all the wonder my mother created! Whichever holiday you celebrate, these moments are about family coming together, and this is a great time to get in the kitchen with the kids!  I just LOVED to help my mother in the kitchen and always thought I could make exactly why she was making, no matter what it was. Clearly there are things kids should and shouldn’t be making in the kitchen, and each child is different. My daughter, Madison has been with me since she was very young in the kitchen and she has picked up a lot of cooking skills- she surprises me daily!  I have to remind her constantly to tie her long hair back when she is close to the stove and I always stay close to keep an eye on her- she reminds me so much of me as a child, wanting to take on the most difficult of tasks to prove she can do it, I recognize this and I always stay close!

Here are my favorite recipes to make with Madison…they  are simple and delicious! We split up duties and I do anything that involves heat or cutting, but the sky’s the limit on everything else!


Our Christmas No-Bake Nachos are made with red and green tortilla chips (available during the holidays ) and are so good! No fake cheese sauce on these babies, and you would be surprised how great they taste even though they aren’t hot!


Hallow’s Eve Cocktails

By Erika on September 22nd, 2012 / / No Comments

I have to admit that some of the witches brews I have tasted at Halloween parties over the years have been all show and no-go (some  bubbling over, some brightly colored in neon and even some with “eyeballs” floating in them!). I recently had the delight of trying 2 “spooktacular” drinks that I would make year-round! How lucky am I to have two amazing chefs making their incredible cocktails in my house while we all cook and eat one amazing dish each? Both of these are truly delicious, thanks Nina and Uno!

This is Chef Ninamarie’s famous Bloody Maria cocktail. A refreshing and spicy citrus spin of the traditional bloody mary, and perfect for Halloween! Tiny little red “blood” dots float above from the spicy Tabasco…making these both frightful and slightly spicy! (more…)

Candy Land Birthday

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Rodeo Birthday

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