Portuguese Sausage and Sauerkraut

Slow Cooker Style

Portuguese Sausage and Sauerkraut Ask my brother if there’s a perk to being the family patriarch! He might just mention this dish. I’m celebrating Father’s Day with one of my brother’s recipes. We don’t have to think alike to enjoy those family traditions! And everyone in the family seems to have a different opinion right now! Oops! Enjoy this amazingly hearty but not too heavy for warm weather recipe. It’s a slow cooker classic. Yep, Dan makes his own sauerkraut too. I’ll be taking that up another time. Enjoy some of these previously posted recipes my brother has shared with me while the crock pot does all the work. Linguica is one of our key ingredients. The variety we use here, Raven Brand, has less fat in my opinion. Important when not precooking. And paprika? I doubt it. Check them out, here. Located in the small town of Armona, California.

And Happy Father’s Day!

Dan's Recipes

Wheat Loaf

Deep Pit



Wild Duck


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White Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Mother’s Day Dessert

White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cranberries

My Mother was never big on sweets, or so she would say. But she was always good for a cookie, the moist and chewy variety. My Daughter is pretty much the same, good for a cookie but it better be a pretty darn good one.



These cookies fit the bill for my two favorite Moms.
My Daughter with My Mother 5 years ago.

If you haven’t visited my Daughter’s Inspirational Style Blog catch it here. Beautifully done, Miss.

This recipe, too, is one of my Mother’s … saved from the back of a Mariani Cranberries bag December 2002. I made one significant change, no melted butter. Instead I leave the butter out at room temperature until it almost loses its shape.

One delicious cookie recipe!

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Cinco De Mayo Recipes

We’re getting a head start on this celebration. Believe me, we don’t need an excuse to celebrate with these recipes! Mexican cuisine has always been an important part of our family’s food history. I hope you enjoy viewing some of our favs and give them a try. Search our Mexican Food for more!

Taquitos & Guacamole


Mexican Wedding Cakes

Wedding Cakes

Shredded Beef

Shredded Beef

Quick Cheese Enchiladas


Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

Chicken Chile Enchiladas

Chicken & Chile

Enchiladas & Beans

Plain Beans

Albondigas Soup

Albondigas Soup



Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake



Chorizo & Eggs

Chorizo & Eggs


Valentine’s Desserts

Valentine's DessertsComing up … Have I a new delicious dessert for you. Soon! Get your 9″ springform pan ready. Here are a few of my favs for Valentine’s. Some are time intensive and others, not so much. All perfectly delicious. Enjoy!

Tiramisu    Red Wine Dessert Sauce    Chocolate Pie    Oatmeal Raspberry

Bread with Heart            Decorated Hearts            Italian Cream Cake

Butterscotch Pie                                                      Blondies

German Chocolate      Fudge Sauce      Brownies      Chocolate Eclairs


Valentine'sYep, I definitely have a prejudice about Valentine’s … Must haves: My Guy’s Favorites, Hors d’oeuvres & Wine, Chocolate, Rich Desserts, & Roses. Oops, forgot Jewelry. I have four children and we do our Valentine’s Day cards and cookies but the night is mine. And hopefully it isn’t alone … a great Italian movie, in a pinch.

Italian Cuisine is most often my choice but I’ve made roasted turkey, brisket, prime rib, broiled chicken, or just had wine with hors d’oeuvres depending on the guy. lol It’s just fun to cook up something he likes.

Some great food ideas for Valentine’s. More … Decadent Valentine’s Desserts next Post.

Wine & Cheese


Salmon with Pasta

Italian Pantry Pasta


Blue Cheese Filet

Stuffed Mushrooms



Ribs and Garlic Mash

German Chocolate

Chicken Involtini

Chardonnay Cake

Two Ways

Chardonnay Cake With Buttercream or Citrus Drizzle

A cake with presence! This is our holiday cake this year. It’s liked by all the family. Yes, we have family not into chocolate nor cheesecake, pumpkin spice or nuts. This deliciously fits the bill. And it loosens up my time in the kitchen. For the recipe check out my original recipe post, Chardonnay Cake with Buttercream.

An alternative is a box mix version. Yes, I’ve made this too! Allrecipes’ Wine Cake,  here.

Quick, easy, and Holiday presentable!

Max’s Sweet and Saucy Birthday Party

Sweet and Saucy BirthdayWe love a party! And when you add Sweet and Saucy Shop to the mix … It’s just amazing. Max’s 3rd Birthday and what a time we had. 

Sweet and Saucy BirthdayMickey pancakes smothered in berries with bacon and eggs on the side. Mmm. Then the delicious cake from Sweet and Saucy. Check out this shop here. It’s amazing!

Sweet and Saucy BirthdayWe picked up a few extra treats to have later too.

Sweet and Saucy

Happy Birthday Max!