Blackened Shrimp on the Grill
Blackened Shrimp on the Grill

Shrimp. You love em or you hate em. I swear I have never met anyone who was on the fence about shrimp. But really I do not think I have met anyone who didn’t like them really. They rock. You can do SO MUCH with them. I love tempura shrimp. Shrimp cocktail. Butterflied and stuffed. […]

Homemade Relish on a Hot Dog
Homemade Relish

One of the best things about the summer and fall are the bonfires and cookouts that we are able to have with our friends and family. A staple food at most of these cookouts are hot dogs. Yeah, I know they are not the best for us, but there is just something about having a […]

Fried Fish Friday
Friday Fish Fry

Sometimes nothing tastes better then a good ole’ fashion fish fry. Jeff relegates me with stories about how that was a Friday treat while growing up. How they would have fish fries at Churches and VFW halls and anywhere they could. I don’t recall any of this while I was growing up in Chicago. I […]

Spread your fillings on the meatloaf
Stuffed Smoked Meatloaf

It might seem odd that we chose meatloaf to make at what is supposed to be the height of summer. We should be eating light pasta and veggie salads and grilled lean chicken and juicy sweet melon. But this has been no ordinary summer up here in NorthEast Indiana. I woke up this morning to […]

Mushroom Risotto
Homemade Mushroom Risotto

This past Mother’s Day was Sarah’s first Mother’s Day as a mom, so I wanted to make it as special as possible. Since we had a two week old baby at home, going out was not exactly feasible. In light of that, I decided to make Sarah a meal that consisted of several of her […]

preparing the muffins
Blueberry Spice Muffins

It’s that time of year again! You know the time I mean – when the spring rains and the summer sun have teamed up to bring us blueberries. Blueberries are abundant over most of the country right now. If you don’t have your own bushes [and if you want to grow your own fruit, blueberries […]

Sweet Pickles
Sweet Pickle Recipe

Summer canning season is one of my favorite food times of the year. The amount of fresh produce just makes me a happy camper. It makes it so much easier to eat healthy and feel so much better about the things that we are putting into our body. We like to can as much as […]

Hickory Smoked BBQ Rub
Hickory Smoked BBQ Rub

Here at Great American Spice Company, we carry a lot of different kinds of spice rubs and blends, so it’s not like we would tell you that you have to make your own rubs. Far from it – if you have favorites that you like to order, then by all means, keep using those. But, […]

Migas - add the eggs
Migas (Tex-Mex Fritatta)

Camping is a favorite past time of ours. We get to unplug and enjoy the great outdoors. Well I say unplug but do any of us ever really do that completely?  We take our phones with us camping. We instagram our campfire. We tweet our campsite. We facebook what we are eating. However, we do […]


The first time I had Hummus was when I went away to college in the big city. My little hometown did not have a lot of ethnic restaurants, so I had never had any Middle Eastern food until I left. This was a very [VERY!] long time ago, so there was little choice of ethnic […]