Feb 26, 2017

Citrus or Mushroom Flavored Sea Salt

There are sooo many things that have been on my “to do” list for ages. Which is why I like Marisa McClellan’s Food in Jars Challenge.  Some people (me!) just gotta have a deadline!   So today (two days before the end of this month’s salt preserving challenge) I made three varieties of Flavored Sea Salt–lime, orange and mushroom.  

Feb 19, 2017

Botswanan Iced Tea

Wow, it’s been a strange year for weather.  But I wasn’t about to complain when it topped 50 in Wisconsin this week.  It almost felt like spring.  Time for a warm weather beverage–Botswanan Iced Tea!   I got my first taste of Botswanan Iced Tea at book club this month.  Our hostess had just returned from a trip to Africa where … Continue reading

Feb 5, 2017

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

I just got a deal on some red peppers!  Organic for under $1 each. While I like to “eat local” if I can, I sure won’t pass up an opportunity like this.  Time for Quinoa Stuffed Peppers!   I used to make meat filled peppers until a lucky “accident”.  One day while making my usual recipe, I had some prepared … Continue reading

Citrus Salad with Blue Cheese is sweet & bright for winter. And with lettuce, fruit & cheese, it’s extra healthy when it counts!

Jan 26, 2017

Citrus Salad with Blue Cheese

It’s okay to fail.  Sometimes it’s even positive. You see, if every batch of my new marmalade had worked, I wouldn’t have created this delicious Citrus Salad with Blue Cheese.  Yes, this month I made my first marmalade—three batches of it.  And one of them failed.  The flavor was good, but it was syrupy rather than gel-like.  What to do … Continue reading

Sugar Plum Martini

Dec 22, 2016

Sugar Plum Martini

It’s the Christmas season—what can I say?   Part of me wanted to create a whole suite of Nutcracker themed martinis!  But in the end, I went with just one, a  Sugar Plum Martini, sans fairy even.   All of this took me back to a very distant memory–of real, actual, sugar plums.  One long-ago Christmas, my father brought home an expensive … Continue reading

Bite of Southwest Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Nov 20, 2016

Southwest Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

I love pumpkin soups.  But after a while they start to look the same.  Pumpkin with curry, pumpkin with coconut, pumpkin with curry and coconut…  Why not one with a Southwest flair? Pumpkin Black Bean Soup?  Since I started taking some classes this fall, I am trying to cook… compactly.  That is, can I make a dish that is simple, … Continue reading

Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Soup

Aug 28, 2016

Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Soup

  Shhh, fall is coming.  In some ways, the transition to fall is subtle.  An orange leaf here, a cool night there.  In other ways, it may be sudden.  Bam—the peppers (or orange squash) are here!  This week’s CSA box was graced with ripe peppers and tomatoes.  So it was time to revive my Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Soup! 

Cherries in red wine over ice cream

Aug 2, 2016

Cherries in Red Wine

I just got back from a great event—the American Cheese Society conference, in Des Moines, IA.  In addition to lots of great cheese, there was fine charcuterie and other specialty foods like jams and honeys. I was afraid to step on the scale when I returned! Now it goes without saying that cheese was the star! But the fancy canned … Continue reading

Elderflower Cordial

Jul 13, 2016

Elderflower Cordial (Elderflower Syrup)

  I was hungry and tired and my spirits were low,   For I got neither whiskey nor cordial. I hadn’t heard the old Irish folksong in years, but making Elderflower Cordial brought it back. Although I doubt the down-on-his-luck farmhand was thinking of non-alcoholic elderflower cordial, I like a straight fruit or flower syrup which gives me the option … Continue reading

Butter Lettuce Strawberry Salad closeup

Jun 18, 2016

Butter Lettuce Strawberry Salad

You may already be somewhat familiar with today’s Butter Lettuce Strawberry Salad. There is a popular version circulating on the internet, prepared with spinach.  But I prefer my mother’s version–made using butter lettuce.  I like the way the sweet-tender lettuce pairs with the juicy berries and contrasts with the crisp pecans.  All topped with a rosy poppy seed dressing.  A … Continue reading

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