• The Ultimate Grilled Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

    May 31, 2019thetipsyhousewife

    As you may or may not know depending on how long you have followed me, I am a brand ambassador for a local Chicago, 92 year old, family business called Chateau Dumplings.  I work closely with them to develop recipes using their products, photographing them and managing their social media and marketing events. The partnership was a natural one, as I grew up eating these delicious Czech inspired dumplings most of my life. Traditionally, the bread dumplings were served steamed with a Czech recipe for roast pork. You also served gravy and  red cabbage or sauerkraut with this dish. If…

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  • Summer Pasta

    August 28, 2018thetipsyhousewife

    I am forever looking for new uses for the gifts from my garden, especially as Fall draws near. You can only freeze so much, and lets face it, frozen herbs and veggies just don’t taste as good as when they are fresh. I think anyone who has a garden also shares the same overwhelmed feeling as the tomatoes and basil pile up. I did some kitchen experimenting the other night with some of the items from our garden and came up with a Summer Pasta dish that everyone, even the kids, loved! Even better, we were able to use the…

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  • What To Do With All Those Garden Tomatoes

    August 20, 2018thetipsyhousewife

    Summer is coming to an end and it seems like everywhere I turn someone is trying to push their excess tomatoes on me. I have been turning down these tomato pushers left and right because…how many tomatoes can you possibly eat? This past weekend Original Tipsy (My Mom) made a fantastic and simple pasta dish that has me kicking myself for not taking those tomatoes. She gave me her recipe and it will have you with an answer to the question “What to do with all those garden tomatoes?” Here is what you will need for the recipe: •2 to…

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  • The Crockpot Isn’t Just For Fall

    July 21, 2018thetipsyhousewife

    I recently was contacted by Crockpot to try one of their new products. I had a choice between the Crockpot Five In One Cooker and the Express Cook. I chose the Five In One Cooker because I was very interested in all the options it had to offer. For the longest time I only thought of using a slow cooker in the cold months and had never thought how slow cooking is a great option for the hot Summer days when you don’t want to heat up your house. The Crockpot isn’t just for Fall anymore! The best thing about…

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  • “Tough Day” Dinner ~ Thai Inspired Lettuce Wraps

    July 13, 2018thetipsyhousewife

    Summer is in full swing over at Tipsy HQ and the days are LONG! The three kids I cook for / care for are home from an extended trip to Spain and the Summer boredom has already kicked in. Luckily they are signed up for camps the next couple of weeks and school is back in session mid August. That being said, we still have to eat and for some reason in the Summer, someone is ALWAYS hungry. With three kids that are different ages and a few extra neighborhood kids that come straggling in and out of our house…

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  • The Fried Chicken Experiment

    May 30, 2018thetipsyhousewife

    Original Tipsy and I are back up in the Northwoods for the Summer and we decided to do some experimenting in the kitchen. We decided for Memorial Day weekend we would try our hand at perfecting a fried chicken recipe. I was shocked to learn that she had purchased a deep fryer and was hiding it from me. I would have been frying everything all this time! To start we did some research on making the BEST Fried Chicken. We learned three important things were a must: Good quality chicken. Brining is key. The chicken needs to be dry when…

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