Satisfying & light, a Grasshopper Ice Cream Drink makes a perfect dessert--sweet, rich & minty. There's always room for ice cream!

Mar 15, 2017

Grasshopper Ice Cream Drink

St Patrick’s Day is coming!  Full of droning bagpipes, bouncy dancers and everything green.  Plus some things minty, like today’s Grasshopper Ice Cream Drink.   With festivities everywhere, two of my daughters set out in search of a mint shake and came back complaining.  They had to go to two MacDonald’s to find a working shake machine.  Fast food?  No sympathies from me! … Continue reading

Feb 28, 2017

Antioxidant Blender Sweet Potato Pancakes

Last week, I discovered a new recipe that became my Antioxidant Blender Sweet Potato Pancakes (at Smile Sandwich).  It was Paleo, which I don’t usually do–but right now I am faced with extenuating circumstances.  And this may call for desperate measures.   You see, recently, my new (4 months old) bathroom scale and I had a little misunderstanding. I thought it would weigh me … Continue reading

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 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

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