Old Bay Pickle Chips

Fried pickles make me think of my friend, Stephanie, who I met in Chicago, but she was Southern as the day is long. She had a beautiful lilt to her voice, she was so comfortable in her skin (I still envy her that), and she'd been through some awful times (her father passed away, and … Continue reading Old Bay Pickle Chips


Homemade Pimento Cheese

Hey, y'all! Our family was excited to take our second trip to coastal South Carolina last week, and it was SUCH a dream. I don't know why, but I'm obsessed with Spanish moss. I think it's haunting/romantic/creepy all at the same time. My kids and husband never missed an opportunity to poke fun at me … Continue reading Homemade Pimento Cheese

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

For whatever reason, when I was a newlywed and found myself in a new town with 0 friends, I discovered Food Network and The Barefoot Contessa and developed a serious girl crush on Ina Garten. Where had she been all my life?? Ohhh, right, living an impossibly posh life in the Hamptons with Broadway producers … Continue reading Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Italian Bruschetta

Processed with VSCO with e5 preset 3 cups chopped tri-color tomatos 1/2 cup chopped Kalamata and green olives 1 TBS store bought pesto sauce 1 large garlic clove, grated 1/3 cup grated fresh parmesean or pecorino 3 TBS olive oil (or more depending on your taste!)  3 TBS fresh chopped basil, plus more for garnish … Continue reading Italian Bruschetta

Summer Street Tacos

Processed with VSCO with e5 preset Hey! It isn't often you get to partner with adorable, young college students on a food project! Can you imagine my delight at being approached by a former student about collaborating with her on a delicious steak recipe? Collegiate Cattlewomen of K-State is the name of her organization, and … Continue reading Summer Street Tacos

Butterfinger Blondies

Why ever not? I ask! Candy in cookies is one of life's most precious pleasures. Why should Blizzards and Sonic Blasts get to have all the fun? Through lots of experimentation, I found that leaving the Butterfingers in semi-big chunks creates these addictive little crunch-pockets throughout. If you're as obsessed with crunch as I am, … Continue reading Butterfinger Blondies

Norwegian Krumkake

One of the (many) things I love about plays and musicals is that it opens you up to all kinds of new cultures and worlds. I probably never would have ventured to try krumkake if not for Church Basement Ladies. What a fun experience! I actually learned quite a bit about special Norwegian dishes. My … Continue reading Norwegian Krumkake

Frantic and frenzied

Frenzied can definitely describe this spring, and early summer. I feel like we’re all burning the candle at both ends. Thank goodness planting is over, and scott has been able to get the crops treated. You have a pretty narrow window to get the corn sprayed before it gets too tall, and he was sweating … Continue reading Frantic and frenzied

Green Chicken Enchiladas

Ok, so hotdish/casseroles! They're the bread and butter of a family's survival when extracurricular activities take family members away from home in the evenings. I've been away a lot since rehearsals started for Church Basement Ladies, (I was honestly hoping to audition for the next production at Theater Atchison, but those hopes were dashed when … Continue reading Green Chicken Enchiladas

Easy Parmesan Grits

This week we looked at South Carolina with the children, it grows more peaches than Georgia??? What? My world is shattered! I absolutely love seeing the kids try new things. NONE of them had tried grits before (with the exception of Liesl), and they all seemed to really enjoy them. I had mostly empty bowls … Continue reading Easy Parmesan Grits

Pecan Pie Minis

Processed with VSCO with e5 preset Last week's study of the United States was on Georgia, and as I stated in a previous post, I have the happy task of picking a recipe each week from each state to try with our school group. Georgia...Georgia... Where to go? What to do? The food options were … Continue reading Pecan Pie Minis

Hot Chocolate Affogato

Here’s a lovely winter treat for you! Affogato literally means "drowned" in Italian. It's difficult to imagine anything more lovely than drowning ice cream in hot chocolate, right? These dreary days are in desperate need of a little perking up! First, my kids adore these, and I love any excuse to break out the espresso … Continue reading Hot Chocolate Affogato

Handpies for Kids!

So, our kiddos in our homeschool co-op are studying a new state in the United States each week. Learning about it's history, landmarks, topography, etc. And so, my friend had the fantastic idea to pick a food from each state in the United States to have each week. I’m in charge of picking the food … Continue reading Handpies for Kids!

Apple Harvest Salad

This salad has so much going for it, and it's the prettiest winter salad eva! I love how it's mostly sweet, but it's got some spice, kind of like me! hahahahah *kneeslap* I think this salad is truly elegant and definitely worthy of a holiday get-together, whatever the size! The pears and the gorgonzola together … Continue reading Apple Harvest Salad

Baked Fontina

You guys, this is very, very special. Baked Fontina is a dish as special as grandma's china, your wedding dress, the birth of your children, I'm serious. This is a special occasion appetizer, it's so decadent and serving something warm and luscious in a cast iron skillet brings so much joy. I was so thrilled … Continue reading Baked Fontina

Pork Chili Verde

When the cold weather sets in, by January I have made chili and cinnamon rolls 1,875 times. This cannot go on. We need a NEW chili recipe that's just as delicious and easy as my fall-back. This pork chili checks all the boxes. I happen to love the zing of lime! You will need...2 TBS … Continue reading Pork Chili Verde

Easy White Queso

Shockingly easy! And who does not love chips and dip for a party! I broke out the Halloween cookie cutters, and toasted up some different colored tortillas in the oven to accompany this truly irresistible dip. It has a little spice from the enchilada sauce, but it's mild enough for your miniature monsters. Liesl happened … Continue reading Easy White Queso

Monster Cupcakes

Scott and I took a little holiday this summer for our anniversary, (10 years!) and (to Martha’s Vineyard, if you’re curious) every morning we’d stop by this cute little bakery for breakfast before we set out to do our touristy activities. And, as vacation carbs don’t count, I was intrigued/addicted to these fantastic pistachio muffins! … Continue reading Monster Cupcakes

Apple Cider Donuts

These are a bit of a process, but by golly, they're worth it! Quite literally impossible to stop eating! These are going to be a bit cakier than your normal, yeast donut because of all the sugar in the cider, but they're not as dense as your traditional cake donut. I think they're a perfect … Continue reading Apple Cider Donuts

German Potato Salad

Every year, when the weather turns chilly, I look forward to the Atchison Oktoberfest like it’s Christmas! And in a way, it is! There’s so much joy, a chill in the air...There are so many crafty vendors up and down the mall, jazz bands, DJs, tons of people and kiddos out enjoying themselves, plus all … Continue reading German Potato Salad

Baklava Bites

Who says desserts can't be fried? If we're being honest, this is a little Greek/Asian fusion that's so delicious and addictive. It got rave reviews from Jeff and Abby , who came over to help film the Greek Feast Episode a few weeks ago. I wanted to combine the flavors of baklava (honey, nuts, flakiness) … Continue reading Baklava Bites

Mediterranean Nachos

Salty, creamy, spicy, check all the boxes on this appetizer! I promptly devoured this plate of deliciousness after it’s beauty shots were done and made it dinner. It's nice and light, but still hearty and satisfying, I think it checks all the boxes for a summer night on the patio. 1 can chickpeas drained, rinsed … Continue reading Mediterranean Nachos

Sour Cream Scones

Sour Cream Scones are getting my family (ok, maybe just me!) through what appears to be a dreary weekend. They’re a snap to put together and you can throw in whatever you want. Chocolate, berries, nuts, anything 🙂 Enjoy! Wet ingredients:1/2 cup cold milk1/2 cup sour cream1 tsp vanilla extract Dry ingredients:2 cups flour1/2 cup … Continue reading Sour Cream Scones

Tropical Cake

This is a little spin off Sena's Rum cake, which won the Mother's Day recipe contest a few months ago. I happen to love coconut, and I had a can of coconut milk languishing in my pantry. I thought I'd just up the ante on this very shareable cake and make it perfect for summer. … Continue reading Tropical Cake

Sunshine Bars

These are fun and different for your dessert rotation! They're tart, tangy, buttery, and a little zing of lemon calms the grapefruit aftertaste, so you get the best of everything! I think these would look beautiful on a Mother's Day spread or for any kind of summer get-together. These Sunshine Bars will be featured in … Continue reading Sunshine Bars

Greek Lamb Kebabs

We're taking a little departure from your usual summer fare here! I lurrrve me some Greek food! There was a fantastic restaurant in Greektown in Chicago that I frequented when I lived there. I remember the grilled octopus and nothing else, honestly. It tasted vaguely of charcoal and the ocean, and it was so tender … Continue reading Greek Lamb Kebabs

A little update…

Well, hello there! It’s been a while and just like you, I’ve been trying to keep up with everything that’s going on in our country right now. Some joyful things are that Cal is freshly 5 (sob! I’m not joyful about this at all). What will I do when he’s too old to want to … Continue reading A little update…

Knievel Lemon Bars

 These tangy, delicate little bars make an appearance for every Fry/Knievel holiday. Until recently, I was under the impression that they were my mom's recipe since she makes them for every Fry/Knievel holiday, but no! Lo and behold there was Aunt Rita's name in the Knievel cookbook. It felt like the time I figured out … Continue reading Knievel Lemon Bars

Sena’s Rum Cake

Congratulations to Sena of Woodstock, Georgia! If you follow Highbrowdownhome on FB or Instagram @extravagantwife, you might recall that I had a Mother's Day recipe contest going, asking viewers of the show to submit their favorite recipe they associate with mom. Sena submitted this scrumptious cake recipe, and it's so luscious, PLUS it has a … Continue reading Sena’s Rum Cake

Three Cheese Beer Dip

I was lucky enough to get to see my dad a few weeks ago. I served this up one evening and he absolutely adored this dip. As in "Jessica, you should be a restaurant consultant" loved it. Bless his heart! So in my clinical study, it's a big hit with the men-folk. You're going to … Continue reading Three Cheese Beer Dip

Berry Bruchetta

This is my all time favorite. Anyone who knows me, knows I would leave this earth completely happy with any form of bruschetta as my last meal. This sweet version is incredible. It's creamy, crunchy, tangy, sweet. All the delicious adjectives you can think of! It also happens to be one of the first things … Continue reading Berry Bruchetta

Barbecue Popcorn

Mmmkay, let me tell you about this addictive substance! Barbecue Popcorn is so fun, so EASY and super-tasty. It travels really well to any kind of outdoor/tailgate/potluck situation you may have, and definitely a step up from just salt and butter. I’m smitten with it, (as in I catch myself standing over the bowl) and … Continue reading Barbecue Popcorn

Sweet, sweet, summer

Here's a link to some great summertime recipes, if you're looking to mix it up a little for Memorial Day or even a Friday night. Check out the video for the how-to and get the recipes below! https://highbrowdownhome.com/2020/08/04/baklava-bites/ https://wordpress.com/post/highbrowdownhome.com/1932 https://wordpress.com/post/highbrowdownhome.com/1914 https://wordpress.com/post/highbrowdownhome.com/1859 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcc8xKoGVbg&authuser=1