Ironing 101 – cloth napkins

March 6, 2009

Now I know some people say ironing is a chore, I would tend to disagree. I find ironing to be relaxing and my perspective is it is all in how you do the task that makes a difference in how you perceive it. I recently entertained for forty people and decided I would show you […]


Favorite Things – Cuisinart Slow Cooker

September 29, 2009

  I recently obtained the Cuisinart Slow Cooker after debating about it for a long time. I have a tendency to mull appliances over, read reviews and price shop. This kitchen staple is a must have for anyone that longs to have slow, simmered soups and stews paired with the wonderful aroma’s they provide your […]

Sausage & Tortelleni Soup

March 5, 2011

Inspired by the flavors of Italy and my desire for comfort food.  This recipe requires very little work, it’s more an assembly concoction.  With this in mind, try to use the highest quality ingredients you can afford. 2 lbs. mild Italian sausage1 medium onion, chopped4 garlic cloves, minced8 cups beef broth2 cups red wine2 – […]

White Chocolate Martini

May 16, 2009

(Recipe yields roughly 2 martinis) 1/2 cup half and half cream4 ounces white chocolate, rough chopped2 ounces vodka2 ounces Simple Syrup (see recipe in Additional Info below)Heat half and half cream in a small sauce pan; slowly add white chocolate, whisk continually, until chocolate is melted. Cool to room temperature.Add vodka and simple syrup* to […]

Favorite Things – Miele Mangle Iron

April 2, 2013

  If you own table linens like I do, then the Miele Mangle Iron is a must-have. Ironing tablecloths, runners and napkins becomes an effortless task with this machine. How can you complain when you get to sit down, feed the linens and it automatically irons it for you. I sit down and watch CNN while […]

Pumpkin 101 – Cooking with Raw Pumpkin

October 12, 2009

To use uncooked pumpkin it must be peeled first. Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds and fiber. Using care and a sharp knife, peel the pumpkin halves and then cut into wedges, cubes or desired size. Raw pumpkin is usually used in savory dishes such as pumpkin stew or tagine.

Moroccan Beef Recipe

Moroccan Beef with Cinnamon, Sea Salt Noodles

August 3, 2012

This meal is truly like taking a vacation to Marrakech!  From the time you start opening and measuring the spices to searing the meat and finishing up by tasting the flavors of this dish – it’s wonderful.  The beef is coated with spices like turmeric and cinnamon then seared in Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned 5-Quart Chicken Fryer […]

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Garlic Bread Crumb Crusted Ham

April 8, 2012

The only thing laborious about this showstopper is the time you have to wait until you can devour it.  As I sit here typing up the recipe my home is filled with the most amazing aroma – nothing compares to home and the reminder of the many hams my grandma used to make.  This ham […]


Remy XO Valentine’s Day Cake for Two with Piper Heidsieck Champagne Truffles

January 11, 2010

Many desserts make a large amount and Valentine’s Day calls for something smaller, more special. I decided to make a tiny cake adorned with truffles. The cake is moist chocolate cake that has been infused with Remy XO in the recipe. I baked it in two 6″ cake pans. I also infused jam mixed with Remy […]

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Spicy Corn Relish

November 25, 2014

Halloween Crafts – Glittered Bones

November 3, 2008

 As many of you may know, I enjoy crafting. Here is a project I made for Halloween. Here are glittered bones that I did up. It is an actual complete skeleton (not real) that I have glittered up in fall colors. It may look menacing to some, but it is spooky and glamorous at the […]


Favorite Things – Cuisinart Pressure Cooker

November 30, 2010

I can’t imagine my kitchen without the Cuisinart Pressure Cooker, it just simplifies my world.  From making potatoes in six minutes (even sweet potatoes for my Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie), to browning a roast and cooking it in 45 minutes or making home-made stock in an hour – this is definitely the appliance for the […]


Glitterbomb Cupcakes

June 1, 2013

Inspired by Nick Espinosa, who was the originator of glitterbombing in an effort to support glbt rights – I wanted to pay homage to him and all the fine work he has accomplished through his organization. Feel the rainbow…. Here I took my cupcake recipe that is frosted with the standard vanilla-bean buttercream, yet I encrusted […]


Artichoke Dip Gratin

March 11, 2012

Why not take the concept of a gratin and remix it in a dip.  Here I have taken the ever-popular artichoke dip and made it into a gratin by covering the top with an Italian cheese blend.  This makes it extra cheese and gooey for your guests to enjoy. 1 c. grated Parmesan cheese 3/4 […]

Reuben Dip

October 22, 2011

Ingredients: 1/2 cup corned beef (diced) 1/4 cup sauerkraut (squeezed and drained) 1/4 cup Swiss cheese (shredded) 4 ounces cream cheese (room temperature) 1/4 cup thousand islands dressing Directions: 1. Mix everything in a large bowl. 2. Pour the mixture into a baking dish. 3. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until bubbling on the sides […]

Pizza Soup

January 22, 2015

Talk about merging two superpowers, soup and pizza – total match made in heaven. Use this list of ingredients as a guide and put your favorite pizza ingredients into this delicious soup! 1 lb. mild Italian sausage 16 oz. sliced button mushroom 32 oz. chicken stock 1, 14 oz. jar pizza sauce 1, 28 oz. […]

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My Grandmother’s ‘You’re Special’ Bars

June 26, 2011

Deliciously easy and addictive were my Grandmother’s ‘You’re Special’ Bars.  She called them this because it was her way of letting us know how special we were to her.  I remember being elated when I saw her showing up at the house with these – or seeing them sitting on her vintage Formica counter waiting […]

SHOP – Set of Tall Canning Jars

March 5, 2013

At the beginning of the last century, the J. WECK Company was founded in Oflingen Germany, at this time they developed and introduced the home-canning method for glass jars. Since then, WECK has made this method popular not only in Germany and Europe, but worldwide. I personally choose WECK jars for their durability, range of […]

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Jalapeno Margarita

November 25, 2014

Cincinnati Chili

February 4, 2012

It’s definitely chili season and I was so hungry for a pot of Cincinnati chili.  Normally a spicy concoction, mine omits the heat yet still offers up the interesting flavors it is known for.  A warm blend of chocolate, cinnamon and cloves, I actually combine the noodles with the chili to make it easier for […]

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 […]


Cherry Coke Jalapeno Meatballs

March 5, 2012

1 tsp.salt 1 1/2 tsp. Archer Farms smoked paprika 1 tsp. Archer Farms onion powder 1 tsp. fresh-cracked pepper 1 tbsp. brown sugar 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 2 lbs. Archer Farms ground beef or chuck (80%) 1 egg 1/2 c. breadcrumbs 1 c. brown sugar 1 can cherry coke 3 jalapenos, seeded and diced In […]

Parsnip Potato Gratin with Kerrygold Aged Cheddar

February 13, 2013

May the Irish recipes abound wtih St. Patrick’s Day around the corner. This is merely a variation on the traditional French gratin, only made using parsnips and Irish Aged Cheddar to throw a nod to Ireland. Planning is imperative with any gratin as it needs to bake for a little over two hours in the […]

Chocolate Babka Bread Pudding with Pumpkin-Bourbon Custard

November 18, 2010

You know the sound alone of this delicious dish makes you salivate, the best part about it is how incredibly easy it is to make.  Obviously the blend of pumpkin, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon naturally go together and with the cold weather comes comfort dishes that require minimal effort so you can spend more time with the ones […]

Towel Terminology

August 29, 2009

When purchasing towels, thickness should not be your only determining factor. New fibers hitting the market are both lighter and more absorbent than traditional cotton. Some are made of natural fibers It is said that there is a new movement when it comes to big fluffy towels, people are having a downsizing mentality. New towel […]

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 […]

Campfire Themed Birthday Party

March 18, 2009

I love taking a theme and planning a menu completely around it. I recently hosted a birthday party with a campfire theme inspired menu. Slow roasted, BBQ rubbed pulled pork sandwiches, southern potato salad, blue cheese slaw and refrigerator fire pickles. Notice the invidual s’mores on the stand? Thick layer of milk chocolate above a […]


Chocolate Mudpie Cookies

May 7, 2010

3 cups walnut halves, toasted & cooled 4 cups confectioner’s (powdered) sugar 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 4 large egg whites, room temperature 1 tablespoon vanilla Preheat oven to 325F and position racks in the top and bottom third. Line your sheet pans with silpats. Or you can bake in batches with […]