Maple Syrup Pie with Walnut Crust

October 1, 2012

Maple syrup says home and family to me, it is a comfort condiment.  I figured why not take maple syrup and create a pie for occasions that celebrate family and friends.  Paired with a crust made from walnuts, it is destined to be a standard at all of your celebrations.  You can use pecans in […]


SHOP – French Pressed Glassware Collection

October 28, 2012

Made for us in France by a company that has been producing artisan glassware since 1475, 17 years before Columbus discovered America.  Each piece is handmade at extremely high temperature which produces glass that is not only crystal clear, but also very durable.  The collection is both casual and elegant, hand washing is recommended yet […]

Guinness Extra Stout Cheese Soup

January 19, 2013

I am a fan of Guinness Extra Stout, it has so much depth of flavor – it’s like meaty beer.   This is also why I love to cook with it because it adds so much to a recipe.  Beer cheese soup is a staple in the Midwest and with it being Winter, I wanted […]


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. […]

Lemon Curd

June 4, 2009

I think most people are truly intimidated by this easy concoction. Outside of the lemons, any of us usually has the remaining ingredients in our kitchen. I am also certain there are a few readers out there as well that do not even know what it is. I will tell you one thing it is […]

Love Bites

January 20, 2012

Love Bites: 4″ dark chocolate cakes, layered with cherry-plum jam, covered in dark chocolate ganache, then topped with his/hers trufflesRecipe to be posted soon!

ross sveback doritos taco salad

Doritos Taco Salad

November 25, 2014

Ratatouille Peppers

October 12, 2010

5 red peppers 1 cup wholegrain rice 1 onion, chopped 1 small zucchini, finely diced 16 oz can diced tomatoes 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 2. Halve 4 of the peppers lengthways, de-seed and place on a large baking tray. 3. Cook the rice in salted, boiling water according […]


September 9, 2012

This recipe could not be more simple. You can easily translate this for any fruit of your choosing. I specifically use Everclear instead of Vodka since it is that much more effective in sapping every ounce of flavor out of whatever I am infusing, in this case it was fresh ginger. I infuse these in […]

Chocolate Coke – throwback to the 50’s

March 16, 2009

There are a number of ways to make a Chocolate Coke, but there is only one way to make the TRUE Chocolate Coke.  Fill a tall glass with ice and pour about three to five tablespoons of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup in. Top off with ice, cold Coke. It is best when the Coke comes from […]

Decadent Brownie Bites

May 27, 2009

Decadent Brownie Bites 5 tbsp unsalted butter3 ounces bittersweet chocolate – chopped1/3 cup flour3 tbsp cocoa powder½ tsp baking powder1/8 tsp salt2/3 cup sugar1 egg1 tsp. vanilla Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place butter and half of the bittersweet chocolate into a saucepan and melt over medium-low heat. Let cool for ten minutes In a […]

Ross Sveback Maple Oatmeal Walnut Scones

Cake Brownies

September 12, 2009

½ lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter – room temperature2 cups sugar4 large eggs½ tsp. baking powder½ tsp. salt2 tsp vanilla extract¾ cup cocoa powder1 cup all-purpose flour Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and prepare a 9X13 pan with release spray or butter and flour. Set aside.In the bowl of an electric mixer combine butter and […]

Deconstructed Deviled Egg Cobb Salad

March 17, 2013

This recipe is a prime example of how my mind works. While walking through the deli section at the supermarket and seeing prepackaged Cobb salads next to bags of hard boiled eggs it made me wonder if I could deconstruct this classic and do deviled eggs instead of the usual chopped egg suspect. The end […]

ross sveback haystacks


November 25, 2014


Garlic Buttermilk Slaw

June 25, 2013

The flavors of home, combined in a slaw come front and center. Tangy buttermilk, combined with rich garlic and bright flavor of lemon come together to form this dish. Coarse ground pepper is essential, as well as whole mayonnaise – not low-fat version. 1 1/2 c. buttermilk 2 tbsp. olive oil 3 tbsp. minced garlic […]

Brazilian Churrasco Cooking Class – 04.20.13

February 7, 2013

The recipes you will be learning take their inspiration from churrascos, the traditional outdoor barbecues of Argentina and Brazil. These spicy, but not-too-hot dishes, complimented by icy Cachaca cocktails are prefect for an upcoming summer party. On the menu: Pineapple Batida Cocktails Grilled Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce Tomatoes with Avocado Salsa Latin American Potato Salad […]

Greek Edamame Salad

October 15, 2012

OPA!  It’s time for refreshing, light salads.  Here I paired fresh summer vegetables with a Greek Feta Vinaigrette, I happen to only use Girard’s for this.  Nothing could be easier – make it the night before and let the flavors meld overnight.  It is essential to use amazing ingredients for this dish, the kind you […]

My Grandmother’s Refrigerator Pickles

September 8, 2012

It’s that time of year when Grandma was in full pickle production mode, and although I needed to wait until her canned pickles were done it was only a day to wait for her delicious refrigerator pickles.  Sweet and sour, crisp and crunchy – it’s nice these don’t last all year long because I don’t […]

Tennessen Chicken

April 25, 2013

This recipe is truly for all you folks who are going ‘what on earth am I going to make for dinner tonight?’ If you can measure, open cans and shake a spice bottle – you are golden here. Oh and btw, NOBODY needs to know it was this easy. You can make this in any […]

Bacon-Wrapped Endive

April 8, 2012

This is a fairly easy appetizer to make, the only tedious part is wrapping the endive.  The bitter endive pairs well with the salty, smoked bacon.  I sprinkle it with fresh-cracked pepper before putting it in the oven and finish it off with sea salt before serving.  I do use thick-cut bacon as it stand […]

Popovers 101

December 10, 2008

The perfect popover rests high above the pan like a mountain summit. A crispy exterior and buttery custard-like interior make eating this like being close to heaven. These are a little work at the end, but here is my recipe: Popovers (makes 6 popovers) *Greasing the pans with shortening ensures the best release. Do NOT […]


March 7, 2012

  Become closer to Mother Earth with Bror, a luxurious blend of bold Russian Fir and buttery French Green Clay.  Who knew roughing it could get you this excited and smooth, especially with the addition of poppy seeds to help gently exfoliate.  Our generous 8 oz bar comes right to you wrapped in green and black handmade, […]

SHOP – 6″ Cake Pan

January 10, 2013

Commercial gauge 6″ cake pan, that is actually handmade for us in the USA using Series 1100 Aluminum. 6″ Cake Pan – $12

ross sveback flour sack towels puppies

Cooking Farro

January 4, 2015

Sweet Potato Casserole

November 22, 2012

I cannot deny, this dish always is a guilty pleasure for me. Each time I eat it, I am always going ‘I love the praline side better….. No wait, I like the marshmallow side better….’ The ying and yang to this is eternal. Either way, it’s how I have to make it so people can […]