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

Tabbouleh, Served

Jul 12, 2015

Barley, Cauliflower & Kale Tabbouleh

It’s only July and already the CSA produce is getting ahead of me. Especially the kale. Kale was always my nemesis, but over the years I have learned to coexist with… er, enjoy it. I have my usual recipes (our favorite is to sautee it with prosciutto, the lazy man’s bacon), but every so often you need to shake things … Continue reading

Sep 7, 2014

Baked Peaches with Mascarpone, Pistachios and Honey

Remember the old saying about the hammer & nail?   It goes like this: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  Well I have a seasonal food version:  If you have two big cases of peaches, everything looks like a peach recipe.  

My version of the White Gull Inn Blueberry Coffee Cake

Jul 6, 2014

GMA Best Breakfast Winner Makes Blueberry Coffee Cake

A few years back it was the buzz around town.  One of our local restaurants, the White Gull Inn, was a finalist in the Good Morning America (GMA) Best Breakfast contest.  Their breakfasts are amazing and the Inn is totally cute, so I can’t say any of the regular patrons were surprised when they took first place.  Plus it’s tough … Continue reading

Jun 24, 2014

Summer Strawberry Curd

Last winter, blessed with an abundance of citrus, I made lemon curd.  We spread it on scones, laced it through crepes and topped British biscuits (which I even made special trips to buy).  Fast forward to summer.  Strawberry season.  Strawberry curd.  If lemon curd is good, strawberry curd is amazing.  Like if strawberry jam and buttercream frosting had a child. 

Open faced sandwiches

Jun 15, 2014

Open Faced Sandwiches with Homemade Garlic Aioli for Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!  To celebrate we are having Open Faced Sandwiches made with Homemade Garlic Aioli.  It is a dish that is both simple and elegant–perfect for a casual summer party or light supper–just add a salad.  Even easier than grilling! For those not familiar with garlic aioli, it is basically a zipped up homemade mayonnaise. According to Wikipedia, “aioli … Continue reading

Eating Southwest Chicken Burgers

Jun 4, 2014

5 Easy Ways to Dress Up a Chicken Burger

Don’t you love the summer grilling season?  Even if I am making burgers on the stove, I appreciate the casual atmosphere!  Yesterday, to make things even more fun, I experimented with some different ways to liven up a grilled chicken sandwich. This post was inspired by Gold ‘n Plump who just sent me samples of their new chicken patties.  In … Continue reading

Peach Margarita with Lime

May 22, 2014

Peach Margarita & a Glass Straw Giveaway

Is your glass (or freezer) half empty or half full? That depends on your perspective of course–and your outlook is always better with a Peach Margarita in hand! This post is co-inspired by a freezer loaded with peaches that need to be finished off (summer is coming!) and an offer  from a company called GlassDharma ( Facebook or Twitter). They … Continue reading

Sangria, served

Sep 1, 2013

Sugarfree Sangria for an End of Summer Party

Whew it’s been a long and eventful end of summer! Why so busy?  Well to start with, we had one daughter beginning college out of state, and another entering graduate school a (mere) couple hours away.  This, in turn, meant refrigerators to buy, free furniture to look for, last minute crises to avert, and celebrations to plan. On their last … Continue reading