One-Hour, 13-Bean & Ham Soup

October 30, 2012

This soup is made easy using the Cuisinart Pressure Cooker and Bob’s Red Mill 13-Bean Soup Mix.  Back in the day, you’d have to soak the beans overnight and then cook them for a few hours in order to reconstitute them.  This is why I love my pressure cooker.  All I have to do is […]

Patty’s Pasta

June 7, 2013

This recipe comes way of my friend Susan, who’s sister Patty was the creator. I, per my usual, made some changes to keep go with how I cook in the kitchen, yet kept true to the recipe. Super delicious and easy to make – even the leftovers were gone by noon the next day. 2 […]

Italian Chicken, Pasta & Mozzarella Salad

July 13, 2011

3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or breast strips 4 garlic cloves, chopped1 lb. dried pasta (shape of your choosing)1/4 c. olive oil2 tsp. dried basil1 tsp. salt1 tsp pepper10 oz. grape tomatoes, halved12 oz. fresh mozzarella, chopped Over medium heat in a large fry pan, pour 2 tbsp olive oil and when pan is hot, […]

Apple Pie Waffles

April 3, 2011

I created this recipe because I had an abundance of apples and wanted to find something inventive to do with them.  My daughter was having a bunch of girls overnight and I figured buttermilk waffles would be easy for breakfast, so I decided to try my hand at making a apple pie filling to serve […]

Scotch Braised Pot Roast

May 30, 2013

When I set out to create this recipe, I was trying to inspire men to get into the kitchen and cook using ingredients they love – enter Scotch Whiskey. Leathery, buttery, caramely notes should pair well with beef and when braised for a few hours – bring out this refined dish to satisfy the male […]

No Bake Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Pecan Crust

November 17, 2014

The holidays can be stressful, and yet I believe most people desire to make something with their own two hands, with love for their family and loved ones. This recipe is simply stirring and mixing – virtually stress free. Crust 1 package cinnamon graham crackers (roughly 9 crackers) 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted […]

Zucchini Spaghetti

July 26, 2009

Here I cut zucchini with a julienne peeler to look like spaghetti. Sauteed it with olive oil and garlic, then topped it with Parmesan, fresh ground pepper, basil, and fresh tomatoes. Recipe 6 medium zucchini 4 garlic cloves 1/3 cup olive oil 1 cup Parmesan – grated 1 pt cherry tomatoes – sliced in half […]

Greek Quinoa Salad

January 4, 2015

Green Goddess Dip

August 19, 2010

INGREDIENTS 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves 1 cup packed watercress, washed 2 tablespoons tarragon leaves 1 tablespoon basil 3 tablespoons chives, minced 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 medium shallot, peeled 1 tsp. anchovy paste 1/4 cup grapeseed oil Zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon champagne vinegar 1 cup mayonnaise 1 […]

40 Cloves of Garlic Chicken Soup

June 24, 2012

This recipe is inspired by the classic 40 cloves of garlic roasted chicken recipe, translated into a comforting bowl of soup.  2/3 of the garlic is roasted, while the other 1/3 is simmered with the broth at the end.  I would suggest roasting and peeling the garlic ahead of time as it can be a […]

Bacon and Pepperjack Egg Pies

September 2, 2011

Breakfast has never been this fun!  You can also easily make these ahead, refrigerate or freeze them and then reheat them in a 200 degree oven – simple and easy! Recipe makes 8 mini-pies 1 whole package pre-made pie dough 1 lb. bacon, chopped and fried 2 cups shredded pepperjack cheese 2/3 cup half & […]

Black Pepper Ice Cream

November 25, 2014

Burning Love (Brennende kjærlighet)

January 14, 2013

Burning love is a Norwegian comfort food that I originally heard about through my friend Marianne a few years ago.  It’s like a main dish of mashed potatoes, infused with butter, vegetable stock, buttermilk and cheese – topped with salty, crispy bacon, onions, mushrooms and chives. How can you go wrong with this combination? I […]

Roasted Tomatoes

March 11, 2010

With summer planting on the way, I want to be able to show you all the ways you can use that bounty that will begin. The abundance of tomatoes, peppers, onions, zucchini and eggplant can be overwhelming. Here I roasted roma tomatoes with garlic. Simply remove the stem or core and slice them in half. […]

10-Layer Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

April 17, 2010

This salad is super easy and great as a main course, side or on a buffet.  After making it in a large portion, I am inspired to do these in individual portions.  It’s all about assembly here and compacting, I use a piece of plastic wrap placed over every couple of layers to press down […]

Ultimate Krispies

July 4, 2010

Take your typical rice krispie and remix it with some new, fresh flavors. This is a treat that satisfies anyone’s hunger. 6 cups rice krispies6 cups fruit loops6 cups cap’n crunch8 tbsp. butter (1 stick)3 packages miniature marshmallows1 tbsp. vanilla Prepare a 9 x 13 pan by spraying it liberally with non-stick cooking spray (I […]

Aluminum Cookware & Bakeware

March 23, 2010

I have had a lot of questions recently about the health concerns surrounding aluminum cookware. After doing research and talking with some scientists, I have come to the personal observation that I find not enough supportive evidence linking the use of aluminum cookware with Alzheimer’s Disease. I hope my thoughts below help to give you […]

Giardiniera (Italian-Style Pickled Vegetables)

July 9, 2012

Loosely translated from Italian, the word giardiniera means ‘from the garden,’ and everything you find is giardiniera is indeed from the garden.  Although recipes differ, mine contains the standard carrots, celery and peppers yet I try to do things a little different by using purple and green cauliflower, as well as fresh garlic cloves and […]

Fava Beans with Chianti

August 21, 2012

“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”   I have been working on a spread regarding iconic movie dishes and there was no way I could not include this famous dish referenced in ‘Silence of the Lambs’.  The killer in the movie was […]

Moroccan Beef Stew

February 26, 2012

2 medium onions, sliced4 garlic cloves, sliced1/2 tsp. ground coriander1/2 tsp. ground cumin1 tsp. ground tumeric1 tbsp. paprika (I used smoked paprika)1 tsp. cayenne1 tsp. dried mint1 tsp. ground black pepper2 tsp. sea salt1 tsp. ginger (ground or fresh in tube)1 – 14. oz diced tomatoes1 1/2  c. water1 boneless chuck roast – 4-6 lbs.1 […]

Twinkies Trifle

November 25, 2014

Cocoa Powder Deconstructed

November 2, 2009

  If you bake with cocoa you have probably noticed recipes that call for either Dutch-processed or natural (non-Dutch-processed) cocoa powder. Both types of cocoa powder are unsweetened and therefore bitter when tasted alone. Dutch-Process Cocoa or Alkalized Unsweetened Cocoa Powder has been treated with an alkali to neutralize its natural acidity. Because it is […]

Garlic Dill Pickles & Cipollini Onions

August 25, 2012

These remind me so much of my grandmother and how she used to spend the weekend making pickles. This recipe is elevated with the addition of garlic and cipollini onions. Having a helper to peel the onions and garlic makes light work of a tedious job. The rest is easy! This recipe makes 14 – […]

Chicken n’ Egg Cornbread Hotdish

January 25, 2013

It’s cold outside, and I was lamenting over warmer weather and my Chicken n’ Egg salad – so I decided to try and spin it into a hotdish (or casserole as some of you call it in certain parts of the country).  I had some of the honey cornbread I made the other day and […]

French Dip Sandwiches with Au Jus

July 8, 2013

This reminds me of my childhood when the neighborhood restaurant would serve these on Friday. Dripping with au jus, there never seemed to be enough. The only patience required is waiting for the au jus to simmer, but it is so worth it. 1/3 c. olive oil 2 tablespoons kosher salt 3 tablespoons freshly ground […]

No-Bake Birthday Cake Cheesecakes

May 24, 2013

I used the Marta glassware from CB2 for this recipe – super easy and not a lot of hassle aside from piping them into the glasses. 1 package graham crackers from the box 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted 2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature 8 tbsp. (1 stick), unsalted butter room temperature 1/2 C. […]

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

January 3, 2015

Yellow Tomato Sauce

January 3, 2015

Kelly Branscomb’s Moo Shu Pork Hotdish

October 18, 2012

My friend Kelly was a guest on my show today and share her recipe for Moo Shu Pork Hotdish, which she created and cooked at the Minnesota State Fair – winning a ‘verbal’ Golden Whisk Award.  To create the topping, I suggest doing a half batch of a small recipe of Bisquik pancake mix – […]