Ultimate Chex® Mix

February 13, 2013

I readily admit my love for Chex Mix, yet I am not a fan of pretzels and finding bagel chips was always like trying to locate a needle in the haystack. I figured this recipe needed some revamping and adaptation to my taste – more flavor and more stuff! What did I do different? Well, […]

ross sveback pizza crostini

Pizza Crostini

November 4, 2009

Here I took my pizza crust recipe and made a baguette. It produced a thin, crispy crust with a light, buttery flavor. I then sliced it, slathered it with butter and topped it with coppa and salami. Effortless and easy… Crust 3/4 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F) 1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast (from 1 […]

Roasted Eggplant Dip

December 24, 2011

Looking for an alternative use for the mighty, purple eggplant? Try this dip! It is so easy AND delicious. A great way to add this vegetable to your repetoire. I serve this usually with thinly sliced french bread that I have brushed with olive oil, salt & pepper then toasted to make them crunchy. Alternatively, […]

Salted Caramels

November 27, 2011

Because many people are leery of corn syrup, you can use Golden or rice syrup in this recipe in it’s place. (For those into agave nectar, I haven’t tried it, but suspect it may not have the right sugar density for candy making.) If using one of these darker syrups, you’ll need to be a […]

Carnation Balls – How to

June 23, 2009

Here is how to make the carnation balls on your own!You are going to want to start out with 4″ oasis foam balls. Place them in a tub of water and let them sink on their own so they fully soak up as much fluid as possible. If you are going to place these in […]

Maple Dijon Brussels Sprouts

October 22, 2011

2 pounds brussels sprouts (trimmed and halved)1 tablespoon olive oilsalt and pepper to taste1 tablespoon olive oil1 tablespoon cider vinegar1 tablespoon maple syrup1 teaspoon dijon mustard1 tablespoon grainy mustard1 small clove garlic (grated)salt and pepper to taste1/4 cup almond slices (toasted) Directions:1. Toss the brussels sprouts in the oil along with the salt and pepper.2. […]

tortilla pizza

Tortilla Pizza

May 17, 2009

Life needs to be easy since everything wants to suck up our time. Why not make a simple dinner like pizza, even easier while allowing each person to have what they want. The trick…? A whole wheat tortilla. You can use regular flour tortilla’s as well, but I tell myself the whole wheat alternative is […]

Appliances – Dacor Epicure Ventillation

May 20, 2009

Kitchen ventillation, when properly installed should help circulate the air in your kitchen – not make you wonder if you are standing next to a 747 jet engine. Expelling heat and odors is the core job of your wall hood, this Dacor did wonderfully but they also added some extra advantages that make this our […]

SHOP – Faux Bois Baubles Collection

December 6, 2010

Our new faux bois baubles collection is meant to be great for men and women alike.

ross sveback cutout cookie 101

Cutout Cookies 101

November 25, 2014


Blackened Chicken Chopped Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

May 31, 2013

2# (roughly) boneless, skinless chicken breasts 3 cobs fresh corn, kernels removed 1 pt. blueberries 1 pt. grape tomatoes – halved 6 strips thick-cut bacon, fried and chopped 1 8 oz. brick feta cheese, chopped 1 orange pepper, seeded and chopped 2 avocados, rough chopped Blackening Seasoning – 2 tsp. smoked paprika 1 tbsp. coarse […]

Rhubarb Compote

January 3, 2015

Sticky Biscuits

January 3, 2015

Toad in the Hole

March 14, 2013

This recipe comes from across the pond courtesy of England. Bacon-wrapped sausages, or bangers as they refer to them are roasted in the oven with onions, then a herbed custard is poured over the whole lot and thrown back into the oven to finish off. Since this is a simple, comfort dish I use plain […]


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 […]

SHOP – LUX Jaipur Soap

May 20, 2013

This luxurious and decadent blend of cloves and patchouli is sure to become part of your daily cleansing ritual, you will even find yourself sneaking smells of this addictive bar.  Generously blended with rhassoul clay from Africa which gently exfoliates and rich spices  – your very own magic carpet ride awaits to take your mind and body on an […]

Day Two of our Road Trip Across America

May 8, 2010

Today was a whirlwind, but an amazing one.  We started out in Middleton, Wisconsin and headed our way to see an isthmus in

Ross Sveback Paolini Giardiniera

Paolini Giardiniera

November 25, 2014

Lemon Curd

January 3, 2015

Let them eat cake!

November 3, 2008

 This past weekend I made a birthday cake for someone I know. Their son was turning two and I offered to make a cake on their behalf as anyone with a two-year-old knows, you don’t have time for anything. Here I made the cake in the shape of the Number 2 out of devils food […]

Antique Copper Rolls Used To Make My Faux Bois Dinnerware

October 30, 2010

I wanted to share with you a photo of the antique copper roll used to make my faux bois dinnerware collection.  This dates back to when it was originally produced back in 1892 in England.   Amazing that this hand-engraved metal object produces such beautiful transferware.  I personally would use this as an object d’art in my […]

My NBC appearance making Pizza Waffles

February 26, 2010

I was on NBC this last Tuesday doing a cooking segment. I made my pizza waffles, and also showed examples of my cinnamon bun waffles and huevos rancheros waffles. This recipe calls for a yeast batter as opposed to the traditional quick-rise batter. The yeast batter mimics pizza dough and provides a depth of flavor […]

SHOP – LUX Spring Soap

March 7, 2013

Beautiful purple and blue flora abound in this bar.  Lilacs announce that Spring has arrived with it’s profusion of aroma and blooms.  Wild, Spring violets help to bring calm, while Blue Vervain is legendary to help induce creativity.  Sprinkled with violet leaves for gentle exfoliation and packaged in handmade paper with a profusion of flowers […]

The Best Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies Ever!

September 15, 2010

Living a life where you have to eat gluten free can be difficult, and variety is not a luxury most can afford.  I have developed the most delicious gluten-free sugar cookie recipe that unless you eat them side by side with a regular sugar cookie you would not know you are missing anything.  Not only […]

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

January 3, 2015

First Snowfall of the Season

November 10, 2008

Woke up on Friday with a beautiful snowfall comign down. It looked like powdered sugar was covering the trees. I just keep pinching myself at how beautiful it is out here, no matter what time of year.

spiced tomato jam

Spiced Tomato Jam

August 21, 2012

With all the canning I have been doing lately; as it is with most creative things, my mind has been thinking of all kinds of ways to creative preserve all of the amazing produce from the season.  Since my focus this year has been on this kick of preserving things that I can use for […]

Strawberry Pot Garden

June 1, 2009

It is the season to get your herbs growing! Not everyone has the room for a garden, and sometimes your garden is a far walk away from your kitchen. I started growing herbs in a strawberry pot over a decade ago when I was married and we had no area for a garden. I find […]

Garlic & Fresh Herb Chicken

April 11, 2013

The idea for this recipe is based on fresh herbs, fresh garlic, fresh flavor – the end result is so damn delicious you will want to make this all the time. The only quirky part of this recipe is deboning the chicken breasts so they still have the skin on them. Trust me, when you […]

SHOP – Year of LUXury Soap Collection

June 7, 2013

A true treat, this year’s worth of our LUX Handmade Soaps is indulgence at it’s best. You will receive twelve soaps, one for every month of the year. The collection includes the following blends (click on each soap link below to read more about that particular blend) it will also allow you to purchase the […]