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 my first taste of Botswanan Iced Tea at book club this month.  Our hostess had just returned from a trip to Africa where she … Continue reading

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

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

Pecan Pumpkin Scones

Nov 3, 2016

Pecan Pumpkin Scones

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin.  And since one of my favorite anytime treats is scones, I decided to convert them to pecan pumpkin scones.  Are you intimidated by scones?  Well, trust me, there is no need to be.  I learned to make them from my daughter-who-doesn’t-cook, and I have never (EVER) produced a rock-scone. Sodden bread, yes, brittle … Continue reading

Fall Colors Raspberry Salad Closeup

Sep 28, 2016

Fall Colors Raspberry Salad & a Giveaway

The fall leaves are turning late this year.  No problem—they will change when they are ready, in a bright profusion.  And while we wait, how about some great color in this Fall Colors Raspberry Salad? This recipe was inspired by a delicious organic raspberry lime salad dressing I just got from Litehouse foods. I love raspberries, but usually find raspberry … Continue reading

Serving Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

Sep 8, 2016

Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

The last hurrahs of summer are upon us.  With still-warm days, and hints of color, early September can be extraordinary, blending summer’s welcome with the flavor of fall.   And if you happen to need an out-of-the-ordinary summer into fall breakfast, this Apple Dutch Baby Pancake may be just the ticket.  A Dutch Baby Pancake, also known as a German Pancake, … 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! 

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