Feb 9, 2017

Chocolate Fondue–Fondue Pot Optional

Due to an uncommon family tradition, whenever I think of fondue, I think of New Year’s Eve. For years, instead of going out, we have celebrated quietly–with a holiday film and three fondues in front of the fire.  Cheese and meat for dinner, then chocolate fondue for dessert! But fondue is too much fun to limit to just one night—and chocolate fondue is … Continue reading

Jul 1, 2016

July 4th Grilled Fruit Salad

I love hanging out (even virtually) with other bloggers.  Nothing like a bunch of clever cooks and a food challenge to push you to new levels.  So this week I made a Grilled Fruit Salad, decked out for the 4th of July, for a Wisconsin Whisk link party.  Wisconsin Whisk is an organization of Wisconsin food bloggers who do outings … Continue reading

A pruner can help in harvesting wild grapes

Oct 16, 2015

Stalking the Wild Grape

Found food. As in food you find–right out in nature.  Organic. Healthy. Free even. How good is that? When my daughter announced she had found a large patch of wild grapes, right along the bike path, I was excited.  You see, I had discovered the pleasure of wild grapes a few years ago.  Small and tart, wild grapes are great … Continue reading

Cantaloupe Caprese Salad

Aug 9, 2015

Cantaloupe Caprese Salad

What makes a great summer dish?  Something that is light?  Fresh?  Easy?  And delicious, of course!  Just like this Cantaloupe Caprese Salad!   When the recipe popped into my email from Foodiecrush, I was intrigued.  Since I had four cantaloupes and a party coming, it went to the top of my “recipes to try” list!  Melon balls, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, basil … Continue reading

Mar 8, 2015

Broiled Salmon with Fruit Salsa

I have a long list of food resolutions–and it’s not even New Year’s. At the top of my list is to eat more Omega-3–especially from healthy fish. Yesterday it was Broiled Salmon with Fruit Salsa.  My sister was part of my inspiration.  She is a serious athlete, doing triathlons and an occasional cross country ski race (i.e. the Birkebeiner)–and has … Continue reading

Apr 14, 2014

Healthy Gummy Candy-Organic, Two Ingredients!

Gummy candy–gummy bears, gummy worms, and in my case bunnies and duckies–holds a fascination for kids that I will never understand.  But since my kids do love them, I have decided to make them healthier.  Easter is coming up after all!  Healthy gummy candy–who would have thought!  My inspiration came from blogger Rachel whose cute treats which were cut with … Continue reading

Sep 25, 2013

Peach and Brambleberry Cobbler

Can you believe I’ve never made a cobbler before?  A ton of tarts, pantry of pies, kitchenful of crisps, even a buckle or two.  But nary a cobbler.   And it sounds so poetic–can you picture the lace cuffed lady, scooping  dessert by a sunny paned window? When I saw a beautiful picture of a peach and blackberry cobbler at foodiecrush, … Continue reading

Muffin Close Up

May 5, 2013

Blueberry Lemon Sugar Muffins

Have you read the good press about blueberries?  Loaded with antioxidants, studies have shown that blueberries may improve memory, blood pressure, cholesterol and more.  A while back, I put them on my list of things to eat more often, then made blueberry muffins and bought blueberry jam.  After which my kids announced that they hate blueberry jam. And that is … Continue reading

Dec 9, 2012

Original Betty Crocker French Apple Pie (with an efficiency trick!)

Do you have any great childhood food memories?  Some dishes so special you could never tamper with them?  One of my favorites is the original Betty Crocker French Apple Pie, which my mother made every fall, straight from the cookbook.  The tartness of the apples, contrasted with the sweetness of the streusel topping always seemed to make the perfect cool … Continue reading

Aug 22, 2012

Plum Tart with No-Roll Linzer Crust

It started on PBS’s Caio Italia when Mary Ann Esposito made a custard plum tart.  The dessert looked truly amazing–but with a cup of cream in the filling, I admit that it scared me.  It hasn’t been a good summer for my weight :(.  What I  needed was a recipe that was a little lower in calories and a tad … Continue reading

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