Chili like Zip’s Cafe

Update on Zip’s chili: Both Main Street Cafe and Zip’s Chili are owned separately today. (At the time of the article below written years ago, both restaurants were family owned). Dave Murrie owns Main Street Cafe in Newton, and Mike Burke owns Zip’s Cafe in Mt. Lookout. Mike has worked at Zip’s, off and on, since he was 15! He purchased Zip’s from Brian Murrie over 4 … Continue reading Chili like Zip’s Cafe

Make Friends with Amish Friendship Bread

The past couple weeks I’ve had a hankering for Amish friendship bread. Judging from requests coming in, so have you. Maybe it’s the short, frigid days of winter. A slab of warm, fragrant friendship bread with a cup of hot lemon tea…you get the idea. A fun project that’s meant to share. Read the recipe and see what I mean. First make a fermented “sour … Continue reading Make Friends with Amish Friendship Bread

Frisch’s Vegetable Soup “Clones”

Gosh, some recipes live on and on, and produce “offspring”, as well. That’s how it is with my and readers’ versions of the famous Frisch’s Big Boy vegetable soup. Now none of these are exactly like Frisch’s veggie soup, since the last time I chatted with them several years ago, was told they use marrow bone and no ground beef or meat in theirs.  Plus … Continue reading Frisch’s Vegetable Soup “Clones”

Best Caramel Corn with Mixed Nuts (aka Cracker Jack Caramel Corn)

When I get several requests for a recipe, I know it’s a hit. Like this crunchy, sweet, yet a bit salty, caramel corn with mixed nuts. I’m making more batches today to give away as edible  gifts for New Year’s.  And talking about New Year’s, I hope you have a healthy, peace filled, family and friend filled 2019! Best Caramel Corn with Mixed Nuts To … Continue reading Best Caramel Corn with Mixed Nuts (aka Cracker Jack Caramel Corn)

Giant Spiraled Cinnamon Roll

I could hardly wait to share this giant cinnamon roll recipe with you. The recipe intrigued me – instead of individual rolls you get a super sized spiraled cinnamon roll, pretty and easy to serve. Now don’t forget about the true meaning of Christmas and this holiday season – it’s about family and friends getting together. Remember, it’s not just about the food, but who … Continue reading Giant Spiraled Cinnamon Roll

Cranberry Celebration Salad

My readers are the best! Recently, when I asked readers for help finding and developing cranberry celebration salad recipe for a reader similar to one sold at Kroger Super Market. Many grocery stores sell a similar cranberry salad in their prepared food sections. I was amazed that so many of you responded. But I wasn’t surprised at all by how good the cranberry celebration salad recipes … Continue reading Cranberry Celebration Salad