Keri M

I'm a single lady who shares her home and life with her sprightly 91-year-old mom and two spoiled cats. I'm happiest in my garden, crafting and cooking - especially baking. I love to experiment and try new things (Pinterest is my natural habitat), and while my reach sometimes exceed my grasp - I've had a few epic fails in the kitchen! - I always learn something new ... and the journey (even if it's sometimes a little bumpy) is its own reward.

Keri M's posts

Bowl of Simply Salsa

5 Ways to Up Your Salsa Game

Posted by Keri M on September 13, 2022

What is the most popular condiment in the U.S.? Based on the title of this post, you’ve probably already figured out it’s salsa – the tomato-and-chilies-based sauce that dates all the way back to the Aztec, Inca and Mayan empires. According to, 218 million American bought salsa last year. But why go to the read more »

Shredded Chicken

Makin’ Magic Chicken 5 Delicious Ways

Posted by Keri M on September 8, 2022

Do you believe in magic? Back in the Middle Ages, self-styled wizards claimed to be able to transform common materials into treasures, such as turning lead into gold. Sadly, it wasn’t true. However, I recently discovered a bit of real, simple sorcery that turns 4 pounds of chicken into a freezer full of delicious. The read more »

Bacon Pepper Corn, BBQ Bacon Pork Tenderloin, Bacon Pepper Jam over Cream Cheese

6 Degrees of BACON!

Posted by Keri M on September 1, 2022

You know that game where you try to link actor Kevin Bacon with any other celebrity within six connections? It’s a fun intellectual exercise, but frankly, I prefer to make my connections with actual bacon. In recognition of National Bacon Day, here are a half dozen fun facts (from about everyone’s favorite salt-cured meat, read more »

5 Fresh Ideas for Farmer’s Market Finds

Posted by Keri M on August 9, 2022

Happy Farmer’s Market Week! Have you visited your local farmer’s market lately? You shouldn’t have to go far to find one – the United States Department of Agriculture reports that there are more than 8,000 regularly recurring farmer’s markets across the U.S. While many of these are open year-round, August is prime time for farmer’s read more »

You Go, Grill! Great Grilling Ideas

You Go, Grill! Great Grilling Ideas

Posted by Keri M on July 7, 2022

Have you fired up the grill this summer? If so, you’ve got plenty of company. According to CNN, an estimated 79.1 million Americans have grilled out in the last year, and 75% of us own a grill or smoker. Hamburgers are king of the grill, but every year millions of hot dogs, brats, steaks, seafood read more »

7 Stunning Sides for Your Next Cookout

7 Stunning Sides for Your Next Cookout

Posted by Keri M on June 23, 2022

It’s cook-out season! There’s just something special about al fresco dining … spreading a gingham tablecloth on the picnic table, firing up the grill, and the happy procession of family and friends carrying trays of dishes, utensils, condiments and picnic-perfect foods to the outdoor dining space. While the sizzling steak, mouth-watering burger or juicy hot read more »

Father's Day Gifts for the Grill Guy

Father’s Day Gifts for the Grill Guy

Posted by Keri M on June 9, 2022

Dads and grilling go together like burgers and buns. Even guys who wouldn’t be caught dead in the kitchen just love to show off their mastery of the ancient art of cooking over coals. With Father’s Day just around the corner (June 19) and a full summer’s worth of steaks, hot dogs, burgers and chops read more »

Your Blueprint to Building Better Burgers

Your Blueprint to Building Better Burgers

Posted by Keri M on May 26, 2022

Happy National Hamburger Day! We Americans love our burgers. According to a 2019 survey, we consume 50 BILLION burgers annually – about 156 burgers per U.S. citizen per year. That’s a lot of beef and buns! As popular as they are, burgers can be, well, a little boring. Sure, there are the standard array of read more »

Easy Meal Planning: Five weeknight favorites

Easy Meal Planning: Five weeknight favorites

Posted by Keri M on May 12, 2022

I’m always looking for the stars. Not the heavenly kind – the ones that show up next to product names, movie reviews and recipes online. Those ratings submitted by other people who have bought the stuff, seen the show or made the food, do more to influence me than all the slick ad copy that read more »

Make Any Night a Fiesta!

Make Any Night a Fiesta!

Posted by Keri M on May 5, 2022

Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo today? Even if you don’t commemorate the victory of the Mexican army over the French in 1862, it’s a great reminder that a pitcher of margaritas, a tableful of tacos and a gathering of good friends make any occasion a fiesta! Whether you are celebrating a graduation, Mom or read more »