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So, this has finally happened:


Cream City Casseroles' delivery vehicles now sport these fancy-dancy signs! So official, I know.

Driving around with these signs is fun, but also kind of nerve-wracking.

The fun part is that THEY WORK. People notice the signs and ask about our service.

"You deliver casseroles? That's so cool. Tell me more!"

The signs are effective advertising and fantastic conversation starters -- definitely a great investment.

The nerve-wracking part is taking these babies on the interstate. The last thing I want is for our signs to fly off.

The sign company assured me they'll stay put at speeds up to 65 mph. and that the tether that attaches inside the vehicle offers added security.

Assurances aside, the first time I hit I-94, I was a nervous wreck. I white-knuckled it the entire time with my cruise control set to a safe speed. It's been several weeks now and everything's gone smoothly. (Phew!)

Anyhow, if you see a vehicle on the road with…
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Frito Pie ... Where have you been all my life?

I grew up in the Midwest and swear I ate a casserole 5 out of 7 nights of the week.

Exceptions included when Dad fired up the Weber, Popcorn Night (an event punctuated by watching Love Boat and Fantasy Island) and Night Breakfast, when we'd eat (you guessed it) breakfast for dinner.

I was fairly certain I'd eaten every casserole known to man until I stumbled across a recipe for Frito Pie online.

I was intrigued, to say the least.

Frito Pie essentially is a beefy, chili-like mixture piled on top of Frito corn chips and topped with lots of cheese and more Fritos. So, on a recent cold, gray spring day decided to give it a whirl.

Um, wow.



One bite and I was smitten. It's not fancy or elegant. You wouldn't serve it when trying to impress company. Rather, it's classic comfort food at its best. Unapologetically simple. Undeniably tasty.

I researched Frito Pie and learned of its origins in the south. It gained popularity on concession stand menus where it's often serve…

Traditions

It's funny how intertwined food is with certain family traditions.

For me, holiday brunch isn't the same without my mom's Bacon Brunch Casserole, a light, fluffy egg bake loaded with hickory-smoked bacon and sharp cheddar cheese.



I've been eating this casserole on Christmas mornings and at Easter brunches for as long as I can remember. And it's the first casserole my kids would eat without complaint. (Ew, Mom! Everything's touching!)

There are three things I love most about this casserole.

1) You make it the night before serving it. This gives me an excuse to take a break from wrapping Christmas gifts or putting jelly beans inside plastic Easter eggs, and also keeps me from being trapped in the kitchen Christmas and Easter morning.

2) It's fool-proof. Seriously, cube bread, combine eggs, milk, salt, pepper and dry mustard and toss it all with a pound of bacon and lots of cheddar cheese. Let it sit 8-12 hours and bake for an hour at 350. Easy peasy.

3) It…

Featured Donate a Meal recipient: The Women's Center

We've been offering the Donate a Meal option for about a year and a half now. In that time, our customers have ordered many, many hearty, wholesome meals for people in need.

Past recipients Donate a Meal recipients include Sojourner Truth House, Hope House Milwaukee and Fisher House Wisconsin. Your donated meals have fed the homeless, victims of abuse/violence and military families. 
Wow. 
Our current recipient is the Women's Center, located in Waukesha, WI. 
The Women's Center is an independent, non-profit human service agency that provides free and comprehensive services to address the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse, including trafficking.
The organization's services include:  Emergency shelter for abused familiesTransitional livingCounselingChild abuse prevention programmingLegal advocacyEmployment counseling Hispanic outreachCommunity education programsInformation and referral services24-hour hotline (262-542-3828) To learn more about The Wome…

Surviving twins

I recently delivered Cream City Casseroles meals to two families with twins.

One was a gift delivery to welcome two precious little babies into the world. As the new dad gratefully accepted the big bag of oven-ready meals, he was visibly moved by his friends' outpouring of love and support.  
We talked for a few minutes about adjusting to life with newborns, and how life with twins is both an incredible blessing and a huge challenge.
"It gets easier," I assured him. "I know. My twins are now teenagers." 
Relief washed over his face.
"This is hard," he admitted. "Really, hard."
Looking back, I barely remember those first few weeks after my girls were born -- they're just a blur. But I do remember being blissfully happy and scared out of my mind, simultaneously.  

A few weeks ago, I got an email from a mom with toddler twins. She travels a lot for work and inquired about ordering meals to stock the fridge for when she's out of town. A…

Knock, knock ... Dinner's delivered!

When I first launched Cream City Casseroles, I only delivered to customers at their daycare centers and workplaces. My main worry was what to do if a customer wasn't home.

We're delivering food here, people!

But then, a customer had a brilliant suggestion:

"What if I left a cooler on my doorstep? You could put my food in there."

Boom. Genius.

You could've heard my forehead slap across town. Why didn't I think of that?

Well, let me tell you, home delivery has TOTALLY taken off. It's the most popular delivery method BY FAR. And it's so simple.

Here's how home delivery works:

1) You leave out a large cooler with ice pack.
2) I put your order in the cooler.
3) I email you that your dinner was delivered.
4) You come home and heat your dinner in the oven.
5) You eat dinner and FREAKING LOVE IT.
6) You immediately order dinner for next week.
7) You reward yourself with a bubble bath ... using the fancy soap.

Just 7 teeny-tiny steps. How easy is that?


I hav…

Donate a Meal to Fisher House

I am beyond delighted to announce Cream City Casseroles' next Donate a Meal recipient organization:

FISHER HOUSE WISCONSIN

Fisher House is a home away from home for people with loved ones receiving care at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Guests can stay in the house free of charge so they can take an active role in their loved one's treatment and recovery.

Patients come from all over the country to receive care at Milwaukee's VA Medical Center. Without Fisher House, military families would be forced to stay for weeks or months in hotels or worse ... stay home. Fisher House keeps families together, offering much-needed support during a very challenging time.

The video below beautifully illustrates the importance of Fisher House.




Fisher House Wisconsin, fisherhousewi.org, opened in the spring of 2015. It has 16 beautiful suites, comfortable common areas and a well-stocked kitchen. Fisher House relies heavily on food donations. Meals are provided for guests by caring…