John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks

Warning, this post is not for the lactose intolerant.  Read further upon your own discretion.  I am not to be held responsible for drooling on the keyboard either. 😛


There are many addictive items in life.  These come in many different forms, most of which can destroy a person body adn soul.  But there is one addictive substance which never lasts long in our house, delicious snacks.  Delicious snacks are usualy crunchy and either salty or sweet.  One of the most recent cases of, “oh my I think i ate the whole box.”  Have been CheeseSticks by John Wm Macy.  These delightful snacks are crunchy cheesey or sweet treats in the form of triested sticks or bite size portions.  both of which seem to disappear soon after the box is opened.  These treats come in three forms and many flavors.

delicious party snacks

Great Snacks for the Whole Family

The first is the original form: CheeseSticks.   These started out with original in 1985 but are now available in a variety of flavors including Cheddar and Scallion, Garlic Romano, Dijon Swiss and Melting Parmesan.  All have a wonderful real cheese flavor which you can smell and taste.  When twisted with the sourdough these snacks are unique in their simple yet robust flavors.  All flavors are good and it is very difficult to picka  favorite although as of now we lean toward Cheddar Scallion.
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Quick Start Homemade: Book Review

I was sent a copy of Southern Living’s Quick Start Homemade to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.



It is not very often that a recipe book comes along that contains so many easy and budget friendly recipes in it that I had a hard time choosing which to try out for the review. Quick Start Homemade by Southern Living was such a book.

Quick Start Homemade features recipes that are hearty and delicious. The book allows you to make all the recipes using commonly found ingredients and cooking techniques that are fitting for just about any level home cook. The book contains 101 recipes for commonly made home-style meals with an extra spin on them to break up the ordinary.


The Good:

The book included a ton of great photos. I was always told in college when I went to culinary school that the #1 rule of food presentation was “You eat with your eyes, first”. This book gets that. The pictures are bright, bold and you can practically smell the recipes through them.

I enjoyed how the book broke down meals into colored sections so you could easily find the section you were looking for. These were broken down into categories such as pasta, pizza, eggs and so on. There were not only dinners in it, but also great dishes for lunch and brunch.
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Book Review: Get Your Family Eating Right


I was sent a book for review, “Get Your Family Eating Right” by Lynn Fredericks and Mercedes Sanchez M.S, R.D.

The book is a 30 day plan to getting your kids and family into a healthy eating lifestyle. It shows you how to introduce healthy foods and even provides step-by-step instructions on how to get your child to help you cook the foods in the book.

The Good:

I liked the bright photos in the book. Nearly every recipe has a photo and there are great photos of kids cooking. This book is definitely child friendly and fun to learn from. I also enjoyed the instruction in the book on how to get your child to enjoy healthier foods. I also liked the way the book broke down how to create balanced meals. I do think this book is great for almost all skill levels in the kitchen.

The recipes include a format that is easy to follow, allowing mom or dad to have their child perform tasks to creating the dish. There are even foods from around the world’s cuisine. I like how it helps open your family’s taste buds to new ones.
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Katsu Chicken

Katsu chicken is a Hawaiian/Japanese dish that just about anyone likes, including kids!

Katsu Chicken is essentially just Hawaiian fried chicken. It is so simple to make and also, not to bad on the pocketbook. It is served with a special BBQ sauce that can be purchased or made. What is really awesome about this main dish is, it is relatively quick to put together.


To make Katsu Chicken, you will need:

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts or Thighs

Panko Bread Crumbs

3 eggs OR 1 cup milk

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Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

I am not a morning person. In fact, if you catch me before I fully wake up, you make meet a bear.

However, this hash brown breakfast casserole is so easy to make, even the growliest bear will have no problems making it work.

Its also very filling and not too bad on the pocketbook.


To make Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole, you will need:

  • 6 Medium sized eggs
  • 3 lbs dice potatoes (I use the frozen “Southern Style” hash browns)
  • 1 1/12 Cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 4 Small ham steaks
  • Seasonings: pepper, salt, onion powder
  • 1/2 cup milk

1. Start by browning the hash browns. Many recipes for breakfast casserole skip this step, but I really like the flavor and texture browning them adds. Also, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
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Rice Broccoli Pot Pie

I adapted this recipe from my all time favorite dish my Grandmother has always made. Lately with spring rainy weather and some colds in the house I needed , hearty, warm comfort foods. This Rice broccoli casserole usually is topped with crackers, but I topped it off with a pie pastry to make a “pot pie” version and added in chicken pieces. My kids loved it!




2 packages frozen broccoli ( each 10 ounces each)

2 cups shredded cooked chicken

1 stick of butter

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 large onion

1 cup mushrooms

1 /2 cup milk
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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

For those really busy days or when you just can’t decide on what to make barbecued chicken in the slow cooker should hit the spot! Easy, and little fuss all you have to do is come up with a few side dishes and dinner is complete. I didn’t use a broiler chicken, so it doesn’t matter what kind you have on hand, just adjust your slow cooker to the size. Smaller sizes obviously cook quicker. You can also do this in the oven , again adjust the cooking time it will be anywhere from 40 minutes to an [Read more…]

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