Thursday, March 23, 2017

Make Your own Relish Tray Supper Club Style

I always include a sharp cheddar, port wine or horseradish cheese spread.

  One of our favorite supper clubs for 20 years is villagesupperclubdelavan that has been family owned on Lake Delavan since 1966.

We enjoyed this relish tray I made while entertaining at the lake house. It  contained sliced cheese, cheese spread, assorted crackers, fruit (I like grapes and sliced peaches), and my favorite is jarred fig spread found at your local supermarket. 

Our favorite booth at Anthony's Steak and Seafood House in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Fish Fry Night Fried or Broiled every Friday!

Our favorite Supper Clubs have a fireplace, dim lighting, and candles on the tables.

My husband and I love the Supper Clubs of the North woods.  The way the air smells, the way your stress leaves you when you cross over the state line.  And our love of Supper Clubs.    You know you are in a Supper Club when you are greeted by the owner(s) themselves as though you are life time friends.  

You can always count on a fish fry on Friday, prime rib on Saturday (king or queen cut are both abundant portions), steak and potatoes every day of the week, and the most serious cocktails you have ever tasted.  Supper Clubs are often open at 4:00 for dinner, perhaps dimly lit inside with comfortable booths and tables, usually overlooking a lake or the woods, and don't overlook the neon sign outside guiding the way and pulling you in with its charm.  

After you have ordered your cocktail, you are either invited to visit the relish bar OR a relish tray is brought to your table.  There is something for every one's tastes I guarantee.  The relish tray is served on vintage glass trays or in chilled serving pieces.  I found glass trays I use as relish trays at my favorite shop Angelushome in Walworth, Wisconsin.  Plan on spending an hour or two where you can count on locating a treasure or two. 

Make your own relish tray at home Wisconsin Supper Club style with any OR ALL of the following:
Melba toast, cottage cheese, chopped liver pate, cheddar cheese spread, rye Krisp crackers, radishes, celery sticks, crinkle cut carrots, beets, coleslaw, cherry tomatoes, baby gherkins, black olives, and always bread sticks in little wrappers.  The relishes vary from place to place.

When visiting the Lake Geneva area, check out anthonyssteakhouselgvillagesupperclub,  or .duckinndelavan.  The food is delicious, great libations, and you will find the diners local and friendly.  
Also, check out Millieschicago in Lincoln Park.  It will make you feel you are in the heart of the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  And yes, they serve a complimentary relish tray with a basket of warm rolls while you decide on your cocktail and meal choice.  Another great choice is Raymessteakhouse in Lisle, Illinois. 

~Happy Weekend~

Monday, March 20, 2017

Slow Cook "Skinny" Pulled Pork with Applesauce

Delicious Photo by kevinandamanda (one of my favorite food & travel blogs). Check it out!

I love this recipe because it's so delicious, easy, & low fat.  This will give you 12 servings and prep time is only 30 minutes.  Try it tonight:)

3 lb. pork roast
4 cups unsweetened applesauce
18 oz. low sodium, low fat bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce

Place the pork roast in the slow cooker.
            Spread the applesauce over the top of the roast.
             Spoon the barbecue sauce over the top carefully.
Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or until the roast is tender.
Remove from the slow cooker and place on a platter. Pull apart with two forks until shredded.
Place the shredded pork in a bowl and spoon some of the sauce from the slow cooker over the top.
Serve on multi grain or wheat buns with a healthy side of your choice. 

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

No Blarney it's Easy Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

Easy crock pot corned beef and baggage recipe below you put together in minutes!
Place the corned beef in a slow cooker lightly sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Open the packet of seasoning that comes with the corned beef and sprinkle on top before cooking.

Place the potatoes on top of the beef.

Baby carrots placed on top of the potatoes. I cook my corned beef without cabbage, but traditionally you place the cabbage on top on the carrots.  Pour 5 cups of water into the slow cooker, cover and set for 10 hours. 

Aroma packed and delicious Irish soda bread served sliced with butter.
Have you tried Kerry gold Irish butter?  It's sold in most super markets and it adds exceptional creamy flavor.

Whether you were born Irish or are Irish for the day...celebrate St. Patrick's Day with great food, drink, family and friends.  This crock pot recipe gives you a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner. 
Let the crock pot do the work so you don't have to. We plan to celebrate this coming weekend. How about you?  

Ingredients are:  1 head cabbage cut into 6 wedges, small bag of  baby carrots, 1 corned beef (about 3 pounds) WITH seasoning packet included, 5 cups water, 1/3 cup prepared mustard, 1/3 cup honey. 

Place the corned beef in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the cabbage into the crock pot with the carrots, a 3 lb. bag of rinsed small red potatoes (skins on) and sprinkle the contents of the seasoning packet on top.  Pour in the water, cover and cook on low for 10 hours.

  Before serving, combine the mustard and honey in a small bowl.  Stir to blend.  Remove the corned beef to a cutting board and slice.  Serve with the vegetables and mustard sauce.    

Irish soda bread is a must to serve with this meal.  You can make your own or buy it fresh from the bakery at your local supermarket as I did.  

Many Irish Blessings to you & Yours☘☘

Monday, March 13, 2017

Make a Crock of Reubens

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My husband is part Irish and corned beef is a seasonal favorite at our house.  Whenever I find a recipe that combines a favorite food with the ease of using my slow cooker, I am all over it.  Check this out.  Any leftover corned beef you have can be frozen to use at a later date.

Ingredients:  1 corned beef brisket with spice packet (2 - 3 lbs.), 1 (16 ounce) jar drained sauerkraut, 1/2 cup bottled Thousand Island Dressing, 12 Rye or Wheat split rolls (toasted if you prefer), 8 ounces thinly sliced Swiss cheese and Bottled Thousand Island dressing

Trim the fat from the corned beef brisket.  Place the brisket in your slow cooker and sprinkle with the spices from the packet.  Spread drained sauerkraut over the brisket.  Drizzle the 1/2 cup Thousand Island over all.

Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 4 - 6 hours or on high for 2 - 3 hours.

Remove the brisket from the cooker to a cutting board.  Thinly slice the brisket against the grain.  Return the sliced brisket to the cooker and stir to combine with the cooking liquid.

Using a slotted spoon, spoon the corned beef mixture onto the rolls.  Top each with Swiss cheese and, with additional Thousand Island dressing if you desire.  

Happy Tuesday:)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Toast St. Patrick's Day with a Festive Libation

Whether you're Irish born or Irish for the day, raise a glass and join the global celebration of the Irish culture.  On March 17, we remember Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland with gatherings of family and friends.
 Irish coffee has always been a favorite of mine on St. Patrick's Day.  But this year I thought it would be fun to come up with another libation idea for our festivities.  I found these easy, decadent and delicious "Pots of Gold" shots on Celebrations.
 It will make 6 shots and can be served in shot glasses or mini black buckets that will look like a pot of gold after they've been topped with whipped cream and gold sprinkles.

You will need the following:
9 ounces Kahlua
9 ounces Bailey's or O'Mara's Irish Cream
Whipped Cream
Gold sprinkles

Pour one shot (1.5 ounces) of Kahlua into each shot glass.  Top each with another shot of Bailey's or O'Mara's Irish Cream.  Top each with whipped cream and gold sprinkles.  Serve, enjoy and happy weekend!

Before my Mom passed away 7 years ago, she surprised me with this shamrock plant.  As you can guess, it is special to me and it's beautiful flowers always make me smile.  

I used O'Mara's Irish Cream

Topping the whipped cream with gold star sprinkles I found at Wilton

Lakehouselyn photo

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Monday, March 6, 2017

I Love Italian Wedding Soup and This is So Easy

If you have a half hour and are in the mood for an easy and hearty soup for supper, try this simple recipe for one of my favorite soups, Italian Wedding Soup.  Is there anything better than meatballs and vegetables in a delicious broth?  Check this out.  Simple ingredients.  Delicious.

Italian Wedding Soup serving Four

1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoons dried basil & onion powder
6 cups chicken broth
2 cups chopped spinach
1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
1/3 cup finely chopped carrot
grated parmesan cheese

In a medium bowl combine ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, basil and onion powder and form into small meatballs.
In a large sauce pan, heat chicken broth to boiling and stir in spinach, pasta, carrot and meatballs.
Return to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook at a slow boil for 10-12 minutes or until the orzo is tender, stirring frequently to prevent sticking.
Ladle into individuals bowls or mugs and sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese.

I always serve crusty bread with my soups. Perfect buttered or for dipping into the soup. Hearty!

Happy Tuesday:)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Transforming a Room into Spring with the Color Green

Greenery is the Pantone Color of 2017, symbolizing Spring, new beginnings, and renewal.  I took it and ran with the thought as I began to realize it's time to usher Winter out and welcome Spring into our home.  I love the hunt for accessories that I could introduce into the already existing colors of our home.  With just a few simple additions, our living room went from cozy and hibernate to vitality.

Of course, if you want to take seeking warmer weather inspirations to another level, consider real estate in a warmer climate with palm trees, ocean and blue skies.  Check out for prime real estate possibilities. Each Winter by the end of February or early March, I know I am ready to seek out sunshine!

                  ~Below are just a few of the treasures I found~

I found these gorgeous silk flowers in the garden room at Little Traveler in Geneva, Illinois

I love my Crosleyradio turntable my husband gave me and the teal color is the perfect color for Spring.

Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra are my go to for mellow mood tunes

This fabulous basket, decorative jewels, pillow, pillar candle and candle holder were treasures I purchased from, your place for great home goods. I always know I'll find a perfect accessory for our home, no matter the season.  I found the beautiful and super soft blanket throw in my color at

I love the look!

My seasonal bar cart is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in our home.  It's beginning to have the look of Spring with my silk flowers and these adorable carrots from my sweet daughter Kaitlyn of +Sisters Marie:)  Transitioning slowly towards the Easter holiday.

How have you brought Greenery into your home?

P.S. Snow is in our forecast as I am writing this blog..... Call me "Optimistic"!

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