Creamy Sirloin Steak Mac and Cheese


Von’s has sirloin steaks on sale this week for $2.88 a pound so of course I picked up a package of steaks with no real plan on what to do with them. But isn’t that part of the fun of being a foodie and food blogger? You’re constantly looking for food inspiration. One of my…

Butter Burgers


  I grew up in a state famous for “butter” burgers yet it never occurred to me to make one at home until I read a blog about them on Honest & Tasty. The author, Bita, lived in Chicago for a spell and in her Homemade Butter Burgers post talks about how she and her…

Kobe Beef Arugula Burger


One of my favorite places in town to get a really good burger is at Berlin Bistro on 4th and Elm. There are two burgers on the regular menu. I’ve had both. Both fabulous. But the one I really like is the Arugula Burger. It obviously has arugula on it but it’s also dressed with…

Open Faced Broiled Burgers


I love burgers. Love ’em. If you look at my Instagram page you’ll see it’s mostly food sprinkled with pictures of my dogs and sometimes some coffee or my nails. But mainly just food. And if you assess the food situation, honestly? It’s mainly just burgers. Oddly, I almost never make burgers at home and…

Shepherds Pie {paleo}


I’m not sure why I settled on paleo a recipe for Shepherd’s pie because I generally do not care for Irish food and I’ve never made a traditional Shepherd’s pie. I’ve made what I would consider to be fun twists, like a Thanksgiving Day Shepherd’s Pie and Southwest Shepherd’s Pie but the regular variety never…

Oven Roasted Tri-Tip


About two and a half years ago my friend Manny came over and christened my grill with a tri-tip roast that he had marinated in some delicious concoction that had involved orange juice. We had tri-tip tacos that night. Ever since, I’ve wanted to recreate Manny’s tacos on my own. Minus the grill. Because let’s…

{low-fat} Lasagna


I’ve become one of those people that I hate. One of those people I said I would never become. I’ve become someone who cooks low-fat meals (instead of full-fat). Sigh. What’s happened to me? Well, let’s make a list: age, weight gain, stress, high cholesterol and wrinkles. Yep. I have wrinkles around my eyes that…

Bacon Cheeseburger {low carb} Meatloaf


A few weeks ago I made the most amazing low-carb meatloaf. It had bits of fresh Mozzarella, mushrooms and Italian Seasoning. I honestly didn’t think it would be that amazing and didn’t think I would want to blog it so regrettably did not take pictures during the process. It took me about two weeks to…

Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon and Brown Butter Asparagus


I found some pre-packaged bacon-wrapped filet at the grocery store this morning at what seemed like an amazing price. So I promptly searched how to cook these babies and found a standard recipe that everyone seems to use with maybe some slight variation. I had some asparagus in the refrigerator that needs to be used…

Spaghetti and Meatball Stroganoff


The concept of having stroganoff in it with anything other than beef didn’t occur to me until rather recently when I began googling stroganoff and finding all the different options that existed. Years ago I had made Lamburger Stroganoff, at my sisters suggestion, when we had extra lamb after a holiday meal. I’d thought her…

Pasta Bolognese


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
My sister sent me this recipe about a year ago. The comment she made that she liked the smell of the sauce that infused the air in her apartment as it cooked for hours on her stove stuck with me and made me want to try it. I thought…

Taco Soup


One of the reasons I really like this soup is because it reminds me of one of the soups the day kitchen manager, Christine, used to make when I worked at the Wauwatosa Chancery.

Black and Blue Prime Rib Mac and Cheese


On Friday my coworkers and I were discussing our plans for the new year (you know, resolutions and such), and we discovered we all have the same idea – to eat better and exercise more. I know, I know. We aren’t very original. I’m sure 95% of the world has the same resolution and/or plans. While…

Mongolian Beef Noodles {gluten-free}


I’m busy trying to cook through my jam-packed freezer. Though it feels like I’ve made a serious dent, I still have a long way to go. About a year ago or so I purchased two pounds of flank steak and only cooked one. So I took to Pinterest to look up flank steak recipes and…

Homemade Jerky


I can’t say I ever imagined I would make my own beef (or turkey) jerky. However, now that I’ve made it, I never want to eat store-bought jerky again. Consider this: you can make your own nitrate-free jerky without a dehydrator with very little effort. I took some of this stuff in to work for…

Ramen Burgers


What’s that you say? Ramen burger? Well technically it’s not a burger made out of ramen (only the ramen seasoning) but it’s the bun that’s made out of ramen noodles. I found the recipe for this burger courtesy of the website thought i might suggest … Um. Burger buns made out of ramen noodles? Strange, yes?…

Blue Cheese Crusted Prime Rib


Prime Rib is a staple Christmas meal at the Benedict household. It’s served either for Christmas Eve at my Aunt Mary’s house or at Christmas dinner on my mom’s dinner table. This year my dad bought a four-pound roast for the two of us. After an exhausting 14-hour day in the kitchen the day before,…

Herb Marinated Flank Steak {and poached eggs}


This week is obviously not going to be my week of vegetarian eats. Thanks to yesterday’s breakfast, I’ve got flank steak to eat all week long and some pulled pork for lunch tomorrow. The funny thing about having a food blog, provided it’s semi-decent, is that it gives the impression to others that you have…

Brown Butter Hamburger Stroganoff


Last week I pulled some hamburger out of the freezer intending to make burgers while my dad was visiting. Then in the midst of all my food planning, I had to put my dog down. And suddenly I no longer felt like trying hip, new burgers. Instead, I wanted something easy to make. Something comforting….

Savory Beef Sandwiches


I love crock pot recipes for their ease. This one is especially easy! Slap some seasoning on a roast, cook for a few hours, shred and voilà – tender meat for sandwiches you can bring to a barbecue picnic (or to work all week long if you find you can’t make it to the picnic). I…