May 21, 2017
by Inger

Amber Necklace Review and Giveaway

Recently I got an offer to do a review and giveaway from a small company called Spark of Amber.  I was excited–I love supporting small businesses—and the Amber necklace they sent me is beautiful!  Amber Necklace

Amber is a fossilized tree resin that has been prized since prehistoric times for its depth and beauty. It is used in jewelry and decorative items and was once even treated as currency in trade. My grandparents came from Denmark where amber is well-loved, and I grew up admiring my mother’s amber jewelry, and often giving amber gifts. Continue Reading →

May 18, 2017
by Inger

Broccoli Cheese Casserole (Gratinata)

What do you do when you like a recipe so much that you can’t get enough of it?  You turn it into something new–so you can eat it even more often!  Like this Broccoli Cheese Casserole (Gratinata).  

Broccoli topped with basil, fresh mozzarella, Parmesan and cherry tomatoes, Broccoli Cheese Casserole is perfect as a healthy side or main dish.

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

My sister-in-law made the original Green Bean Gratinata with Cherry Tomatoes (based on a recipe from Lidia Bastianich) every year for Thanksgiving dinner, where it was always a hit. With two vegetables, herbs and cheese, it happily took the place of the traditional (and less healthy) green bean/french onion casserole.    Continue Reading →

May 15, 2017
by Inger

Celebrate Spring with Rhubarb Lemonade

Gotta love spring!  After the cold dark of winter, nothing beats May’s long days and mellow temperatures.  And I am celebrating with a tart, seasonal Rhubarb Lemonade!  

Sweet, tart and refreshing, rhubarb lemonade is the perfect spring beverage either from your garden or a fun farm market trip.

Rhubarb Lemonade

If there is one downside to spring, it’s that there isn’t a lot to harvest (at least in the north).  But what you find can be amazing.  Woodsy morels, garlicky ramps and tart rhubarb…  Mmmm!    Continue Reading →

May 7, 2017
by Inger

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

What’s better than a big chocolate brownie?  How about a big chocolate brownie with chocolate buttercream frosting!  

How do you make a brownie (even more) irresistible? Mix cocoa powder, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla and top with a delicious chocolate buttercream.

Chocolate buttercream frosted brownies

Recently my husband got a request to bring baked goods for a fundraiser.  Our daughter offered to bake brownies and I decided to make chocolate buttercream to put them over the top.  If you are a food blogger there’s nothing more embarrassing than making food that’s last to sell!  Continue Reading →