Dec 17, 2014
by Inger
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Christmas Cookie Snowflakes and Stars

When I made my popular fall leaf cookies last month, I was already thinking ahead.  I had just learned how to do a fun icing technique called “cookie flooding” and I wondered…  How could I adapt this for Christmas cookie snowflakes and stars? 

Christmas cookie snowflakes and stars

Christmas cookie snowflakes and stars

This year, daughter #3 is appearing in a community theater production of the Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street.  So why not send cookies to one of the many (many) shows– since everyone involved is truly a star.  Continue Reading →

Dec 15, 2014
by Inger
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Creamy Baked Spinach with Artichokes

‘Tis the season to be uber-busy.  And therefore the season for recipes that are big on flavor–and small on prep work.  Like Creamy Baked Spinach with Artichokes. 

Creamy baked spinach with artichokes & turkey sandwich

Creamy baked spinach with artichokes & turkey sandwich

The recipe is from a neighbor who previously supplied a recipe for Southwest Lasagna.  When she served this to us, on a lovely summer evening, I couldn’t believe that my kids were gobbling down spinach.  As one of them put it, “it tastes more like artichokes than cooked spinach.”  Continue Reading →

Nov 29, 2014
by Inger
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Cranberry Swirl Muffins (or Jam Swirl, or…)

Thanksgiving and the harvest season have just passed–which means that most American refrigerators and cupboards are full.  Do you have an abundance of leftover cranberry sauce?  A bonanza of canned jam?  Well these Cranberry Swirl Muffins (or Peach Jam Muffins or…) may be just what you need. 

Cranberry Swirl Muffins with Coffee

Cranberry Swirl Muffins with Coffee

The origin of this recipe really began a few years ago, when I won a Thanksgiving Leftovers contest sponsored by the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel.  Since then I have felt obligated to come up with annual new ways of dealing with leftovers, and cranberry sauce is one of my favorites.  I am truly obsessive about it–and slightly afraid that this is how neurotics are made.   Continue Reading →

Nov 25, 2014
by Inger
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Asian Salad and a Dressing Giveaway

Sometimes it’s fine to take it easy.  Like making a nice Asian salad that looks special, but comes together in a snap (shhhhh). 

Asian Salad Closeup

Asian Salad Closeup

The idea behind this dish (or at least the dressing) is from Wafu, a Canadian company that produces Japanese inspired salad dressings and mayonnaise.    In fact, Wafu means (literally) “Japanese-style dressing.”  They sent me a package of three Asian flavored salad dressings in Ginger Carrot, Wasabi Edamame, and Roasted Sesame flavors.  Part of their “natural” line, these dressings are vegan, gluten-free and GMO-free.  They are even produced using renewable energy!  Continue Reading →

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