Category Archives: food

Holy Appetizers!

We went to my Dad’s for a family dinner last night, and the appetizers were out of this world!

I don’t have photos to share, but I have links to the recipes they used.

This Avocado Mango Salsa was just amazing. I could have taken the bowl and eaten it with a spoon!

Here’s the recipe for it:

Also, they had this fantastic Chorizo Fundido dip as well. So Good!

Here’s that recipe:

I highly recommend trying either (or both) of these recipes as soon as you can.



All Hail the Dip Queen

We had our monthly potluck at work yesterday, and the theme was “salty snacks and dips.”

We had a contest for “best dip”… and I won!

Here’s the post that my employer put on facebook:


The post:

“The official Employee Dip Contest at Kent District Library – Service and Meeting Center saw plenty of delectable contenders, but at the end of it all, one dip reigned supreme: Mom’s Secret Dip.

Congratulations, Jen Wheaton, you have been crowned the Dip Queen – and Mr. T approves!”

Here’s my winning recipe:

Take a container of sour cream, and add to taste:
-Garlic Powder
-Celery Salt
– Red Cap Adobo Seasoning  (in the Mexican food aisle)
Mix it up until it tastes the way you want it to.  J Easy Peasy!

Mamma Mineo’s

We had dinner delivered to us from Mineo’s Pizza.

I had Mamma’s Specialty Calzone, and Hubby had Chicken and Fries.

It was our first time ordering in since we moved into the new house.

Mamma’s Specialty Calzone features: Light Creamy Alfredo Sauce, Italian Sausage, Chicken, Onions, Mushroom (but I had them leave the mushrooms out), Bacon and Mamma’s Cheese Blend. So. Dang. Good.

It probably would have been enough for two meals if I hadn’t been a piggy and ate 3/4 of it at dinner.

Hubby said that his Chicken and Fries were really good. He also got boneless BBQ wings, but he’s saving those for lunch.

It was all very good! I can’t wait to have them bring me dinner again!  🙂



The Taste of the Gardens Cafe at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is amazing.

I especially love their wraps.

This, my friends, is a ham wrap.


And the close-up:




Okay… marginally, kinda sorta food-related.

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I Heart Jonny B’z

My favorite burger joint in town is Jonny B’z.

Here are some visuals of all the loveliness contained within their walls.



Crazy Awesome Salad


Okay. No lettuce, so I guess technically not a salad. We’ll call it a produce festival.

Green olives, honeycrisp apple, carrot, cucumber, broccoli, celery, red onion, avocado and a lovely raspberry vinaigrette.




Work It.

Every so often, I will break the cycle of bringing lunch to work and treat myself to something from a nearby restaurant.

Sometimes, we are lucky enough to have food trucks come to work at lunch time.

Non-home originating lunches are a beauuuutiful thing!


Clockwise: 1, 2, and 3 are from my favorite Mediterranean Restaurant, Mr. Gyro. Gyros and Gyro Platter

4 is from the Patty Matters Food Truck. Gobblin’ Gouda (with beef instead of turkey) and potato bombs.

5 (top left) is from #1 Chinese Food. Chicken and Snow Peas, my fave!


My Buddy Dan…

…is a culinary DYNAMO.

He made pork loin with mango chutney and rice in his Instant Pot and brought me some leftovers for lunch at work! Soooo good!


Whatta guy!


Easy Dinner Idea

You will need:

1 package frozen meatballs (meat type/flavor of your choice)

1 package frozen potatoes (diced or some larger-type chunks work best)

Chopped onion to taste, if desired.


Fry the ingredients together in a large skillet using olive oil to keep food from sticking to the pan if need be.

We like Aidell’s meatballs. They have many different types and flavors, and we’ve yet to find one we didn’t like.

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