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I love food. And I love Milwaukee. So it's a no-brainer that I love food that's genuinely Milwaukee.
But trying new restaurants and new dishes is tricky since my hubby isn't very adventurous, culinarily speaking, and my kids are, frankly embarrassing when eating out. 
I'm dead serious. My husband, a total meat-and-potatoes kind of guy, is rarely in the mood for anything ethnic or exotic. And the kids ... one of my daughters once ordered a plain chicken sandwich at a place known for exceptional Italian beef hoagies. The other one routinely orders chicken Caesar salads -- without the chicken or dressing. And my boy requests cheeseburgers at my favorite Mexican restaurant. 
Seriously, dude? At least get a taco.
And so I need to live vicariously through others who can dine unhindered by those with stubborn, stunted palates. And for me, one of the best ways to do it is through's Dining section.

I drool over every article, every picture, every word.


No witty words today, just a picture.  

Happy Memorial Day!

Dish Delish: Sweet Summer Bratwurst Casserole

I'm a recipe-aholic. I love perusing cookbooks and foodie websites, looking for new and yummy dishes. Wanting to offer some lighter summer options for the upcoming summer months, I've been looking for casserole recipes that can be prepared in the oven, crock pot or grill. 
Tall order, I know, but it can be done. Especially when brats and sauerkraut are involved.

I came across a recipe that is really good, but didn't make the cut for my summer menu. I liked it a lot, but it was too sweet for my chief taste-tester's palate. (My husband.) Still, I thought it was nice for a change and worth sharing.
Sweet Summer Bratwurst Casserole
6 servings
Ingredients: 1 (32 oz.) jar sauerkraut, rinsed and drained3 medium red potatoes, peeled and cut in thin slices1 granny smith apple, peeled, cut in thick chunks1 onion, diced1/2 cup apple cider/juice1/4 cup chicken stock2 TB brown sugar2 tsp caraway seeds1 clove garlic, minced1 lb. brats fully cooked1/2 lb. bacon, cooked, crumbled Combi…


Under normal circumstances, I'd be HORRIFIED to let anyone see my messy house, but this picture is just too good to share. 
This is the aftermath of our family dinner last week: 

What's noteworthy about this picture is that, aside from making the food at work and bringing it home, I didn't lift a finger to get it on the table. 
How? Because I delegated dinner.
You see, I was at work (coincidentally making your dinners) when I had my teenagers pop this casserole in the oven. And I was driving home when they warmed the extra sauce and set the table. And I sat with my feet up, while the kids -- the four year-old included -- cleared the table.
Viola! A complete meal with little effort on my part.
This Mother's Day, I encourage all moms to think about ways they can delegate more. We don't have to do everything alone. Anyone who lives under your roof should be responsible for helping cook and clean. 
I know it's easier said than done, but give it a shot. You deserve…

Proud Momapreneur

The other day my 10 year-old son approached me while I was folding laundry. Normally, my family avoids me while I'm in the throes of housework, you know, lest they get pressed into service.

Naturally, I was caught off-guard. And a smidge suspicious.

"Mom," he began. "You're an entrepreneur, right?"

His question surprised me. I didn't know that word was even a part of his vocabulary.

"Yes, honey. I am." I said. "I started my own business, Cream City Casseroles, so I am an entrepreneur."

"That's really cool," he said, handing me a glossy postcard. It was from Junior Achievement, a nonprofit that helps teach kids about financial responsibility and business principles using neat hands-on lessons.

A JA volunteer had visited his fourth grade class and explained entrepreneurship using this handout:

During the exercise they discussed the traits of a successful entrepreneur and did a self-assessment:

The card indicated the follo…