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

Pecan Glazed Ham

Is there anything more perfect for Easter than a beautiful, show-stopping ham? Methinks not. I love how this dish is so hands-off! Show-stopping and easy?? I'm all ears! (Hahah bunny reference there!) You will need: 1 9-12 lb spiral-cut pre-cooked ham 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup honey 3 TBS stone ground or spicy mustard … Continue reading Pecan Glazed Ham

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

Tall, Flakey, Sexy Biscuits!

Yields 6 biscuits. This recipe is easily doubled for a crowd.You will neeeeed: 2 cups flour1 TBS baking powder1/4 tsp baking soda3/4 tsp salt6 TBS cubed, cold, unsalted butter1 cup cold buttermilkPreheat the oven to 450 degrees. Butter a pie pan, cast iron skillet, or baking sheet.Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking … Continue reading Tall, Flakey, Sexy Biscuits!

Perfect Home Fries

Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest, no? You don't get much more simple than these home fries. I love to add in the sweet potato for some beautiful color and flavor. You will need: 3 medium brown potatoes 1 peeled medium sweet potato 3 TBS olive oil 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1 … Continue reading Perfect Home Fries

Chocolate Pub Cake

So much to love, so much to love...Chocolate (duh), spice (surprise!) and beer? This cake surprises me at every turn! I love any baked good that includes sour cream, because you know you're in for a moist, decadent treat! Give this a try, swap in root beer if you're not a beer person, but either … Continue reading Chocolate Pub Cake

Croque Monsieur

Nothing makes me feel more French (sometimes I DO want to feel French, don't you? Oui? Non?) than a classic Croque Monsieur. The bechamel sauce that elevates this humble ham and cheese is a cinch to make, and you've probably already got the ingredients on hand. You can swap out the fontina and gruyere for … Continue reading Croque Monsieur

French Onion Soup

There is something so extra about French Onion Soup. Is it the crusty bread, soaking in all the savory broth? Is it the rich, melty cheese ostentatiously melting over the sides? I think at it's core, it is the onions. There is no rushing that beautiful, golden brown color and silky texture. They must take … Continue reading French Onion Soup

Seafood Chowder

If I lived on the east coast, Edgartown would be my place, I suspect. I also suspect I'd make this Seafood Chowder on a regular basis, and some chilly evening, some member of the Kennedy clan would happen to drop in and swoon over this little taste of the coast! And THEN they'd let me … Continue reading Seafood Chowder

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

Potato Sausage Galette

So pretty, so rustic, you'll be so glad you gave this a try! It's a hearty, satisfying breakfast. Flakey crust enveloping delicious sausage, creamy potatoes and the whole eggs resting on top? I'm dead! You will need: 12-16 oz breakfast sausage (such as Jimmy Dean's) 2 medium red potatoes diced to bite size pieces 1/2 … Continue reading Potato Sausage Galette