Chicken & Veggies in Spicy Peanut Sauce

Sep 15, 2016

Chicken & Veggies in Spicy Peanut Sauce

Between the seasonal beauty and the bountiful harvest, you have to love autumn.  And eating local?  A snap.  Now the one downside to autumn is that sometimes that bounty part can get away from you.  I remember a CSA harvest party where one woman remarked, “I think I need to quit my job to cook all this food.”  

Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar

Aug 18, 2016

Grilled Romaine Taco Salad Bar

August is crazy if you have school kids!  And it doesn’t matter if they are old or young. Young kids outgrow their school clothes, need $376 of (really specific) school supplies and are anxious about their new teacher.  Older kids start school sports, end summer jobs… and maybe even fly away to college at dawn (Mom sobs.)  So it was … Continue reading

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca served

Aug 14, 2016

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca

Late summer is tomato season–hooray!  Blessed by vines laden with juicy red fruits, they feature prominently on seasonal menus.  Yes, today’s tomato special is…  Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca.  I am a member of two CSAs (yes, two!)–a holdover from the days my household numbered six.  As a result, I can find myself with a bit of a tomato overload if … Continue reading


Jun 20, 2016

Lemon Balm Pesto with Shrimp

I grew a new herb on a whim last year—lemon balm. Lemons had been scarce in our area and virtually absent in organic form, which is always my first choice. I had even needed to make my Lemon Ginger Honey Tea with lime. Yes, it was a tough year for lemon lovers.  But what if I could produce a nice … Continue reading


May 26, 2016

Rosemary Rubbed Sirloin Steak

One of the things I like about blogging is some of the fun & educational things you get to do.  About a month ago I attended a blog meets beef tour in Columbus, Ohio thanks to the Wisconsin Beef Council and other sponsors.  Along with fellow Midwest food bloggers and some super smart food professionals, we visited a beef farm, … Continue reading

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

May 2, 2016

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce & a Tour

Have you seen the cute youtube video about the boy who was planning to go to a broccoli farm?  His parents thought they’d surprise him with a trip to the circus instead—and his reaction?  He really wanted to go to the broccoli farm!  I so understand! I was seriously excited when I got to go to a beef farm last … Continue reading

Miso Glazed Salmon and Snow Peas

Apr 10, 2016

Miso Glazed Salmon and Snow Peas

A freezer full of salmon.  A big jar of miso.  Life is good. So I guess it was inevitable that they would one day come together–as Miso Glazed Salmon and Snow Peas.  Recently, I discovered a recipe for one pan roasted roots & sausage–and a light bulb went on.  I should make more one dish meals!  So the salmon and … Continue reading

Thai Fish Cakes

Mar 20, 2016

Thai Fish Cakes

I just rediscovered a long lost recipe.  It’s almost as much fun as meeting an old friend!  Back in my Corporate Mom days, this recipe for Thai Fish Cakes was a staple. It comes together quickly into a mild but tasty entree that pleases both kids and adults.  Add a slightly exotic sauce (with only four ingredients) and you have … Continue reading

Roasted Roots and Sausage Dinner

Feb 21, 2016

One Pan Roasted Roots & Sausage

This recipe, for One Pan Roasted Roots & Sausage, is based on one from a recent Better Homes and Gardens magazine.  I like the fact that they get it.  It’s winter so we need comfort food… and it needs to be easy and (don’t forget) nutritious.  If it also uses up leftover CSA veggies, I am so in.    

Pork & Mushroom Ragout with Carrots, plated

Jan 14, 2016

Pork & Mushroom Ragout with Carrots

Aren’t the holidays wonderful?  Delicious food, festive gatherings, beautiful décor, the inevitable weight gain…  Okay not that last one.  And yes, I gained 4 pounds over the holidays—ouch!  While I firmly believe that decadence has Its place, I think I took it too far! So to celebrate my upcoming turnaround I am making Pork & Mushroom Ragout with Carrots and … Continue reading