Collecting – Melbourne Transferware

April 24, 2009

Many years ago I became involved with transferware. With the various colors available and it’s ability to transform a table setting into one that brought a sense of class. I discovered this pattern called Melbourne and have only this one platter to show for my collection. I had a comport as well, but that was […]


My Grandmother’s Heirloom Ghoulash Recipe

July 12, 2010

I am certain that there are a million ways to embellish this recipe and update it, but this tried and true classic from my Grandmother’s kitchen takes me back to a time that seemed more simple and life was relaxed.  This is truly a no-fuss concoction, it is almost an assembly of sorts – but […]

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 […]

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DRINK – Big House Vineyards

November 5, 2009

I am always looking for a wine that not only meets my tastes, but also my budgetary considerations. I have found this with Big House Vineyards. I have enjoyed having this brand in my home for the last four years – it is a staple for me when it comes to entertaining. The lable is […]

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High-Protein Bread Recipe

June 10, 2012

I love to eat bread and remembered this delicious high-protein bread at the store, so I decided to try making it myself to see how hard it would be.  I did make this in my Breville Bread Machine as I figured it would be a little sticky to deal with, and since my gluten-free bread […]

Candy Corn Mousse Parfait

October 22, 2011

Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse This recipe yields a sweet and fluffy, light cream cheese flavored dessert.  1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/4 cup milk or cream 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 small container (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed orange and yellow food color candy corn (for garnish) Directions ~ Beat cream […]

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

April 16, 2013

Mix the deviled egg and the creamy pasta salad together and you get this soon-to-be comfort food favorite. I make my hard boiled eggs in the oven by placing them in a muffin pan, an egg in each well – in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, done! I chose the ring pasta as […]


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 […]

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Cherry Crumb Cake with Almond Drizzle

February 5, 2011

Here is my regular crumb cake blended with cherries and almond paste to create an updated version of this breakfast classic.  I always bake my crumb cake in a 9″ springform pan so I can unmold it and see the sides – I love that wow factor of the cake, berry and crumb layers.  You […]

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April 7, 2013

Inspired by nature, created from nature.  BOIS, a collection of forest gatherings will leave you entangled and enchanted.  A luxurious, green-scented blend made with Maidenhair Fern, Oakmoss and Mushrooms will leave your skin radiant and smooth.  Journey along through the forest with my BOIS blend, and experience Mother Nature’s abundant offerings. View the rest of […]

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Parker House Rolls

November 25, 2014

Snow-capped Orzo

March 1, 2010

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Maple Dijon Chicken

November 25, 2014

Chocolate Neopolitan Cake

February 5, 2015

2 cups sugar 1 cup butter, softened 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 teaspoon almond extract 1 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 1/4 cups buttermilk 2 1/2 cups cake flour Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat three 9-inch round cake pans generously with no-stick cooking […]


Effortless Cassoulet

January 17, 2011

I always tell people that it amazes me how the three most celebrated French dishes started out as meals created peasants that were prepared in a way that allowed them to slowly cook them and utilize the variety of ingredients they had laying around.  Cassoulet is one such dish and if prepared in the traditional way, […]

SHOP – LUX VII (Seven) soap

May 10, 2013

Become a Royal yourself with this truly self-indulgent bar.  A decadent blend of heavy whipping cream and honey to provide your skin the refreshment it deserves.  Milk has been prized for centuries for its’ ability to bring your skin relief and enjoyment – ours is nourished with an abundance of heavy whipping cream for amazing lather, natures nectar, […]

Churrasco Class Revisited

March 30, 2009

The Churrasco Class was on Saturday and it was perfect, I had some new students, Judy and Kathy – they were wonderful, thank you for coming. I tried a new idea which was to create a table setting so guests could be more comfortable. This also allowed me to use more linens and create some […]

Sunday Smothered Chicken

October 21, 2012

My Grandmother loved to use bottled dressing as her ‘secret ingredient’ to many dishes.  Here she used Caesar to dress up her Sunday Smothered Chicken recipe by using it as a marinade – she said it gave the chicken extra zip noone could figure out.  Grandma always used bottle lemon juice, fresh lemons were too […]


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, […]

Ultimate Chocolate Donuts

August 12, 2009

Who doesn’t love chocolate? I have friends that break out in hives from it, but they still love it. There is something comforting from it’s ingestion. The smell alone makes most people turn their head in the direction of the odor. I love donuts – in fact, I have decided that I need to profess […]

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Vintage Pot Roast – Remixed

May 10, 2010

I had a weekend filled with nostalgia this past weekend at my mother’s house.  It’s interesting in this day of expensive cookware and fancy gadgets that our parents and grandparents somehow survived without clad bakeware, bamboo mixing bowls or fine cutlery.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my kitchenware and it would be very difficult to […]

Annie’s SPAM Meatloaf from ‘Misery’

August 28, 2012

‘My secret is, I always use fresh tomatoes, never canned. And to give it that extra zip, I mix a little Spam with the ground beef!’  I’m certain Annie Wilkes loved to cook and felt she was definitely gourmet.  When creating this recipe for the  ‘Night IN at the Movies’ article I wanted to actually […]

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Potato Pancakes

January 3, 2015

Eggnog Cream Pies

December 7, 2011

Eggnog is a standard at my home during the entire Holiday season, but I wanted to do something different with it to inspire people to think of food in different ways.  Here I took one of my favorite drinks and turned it into a cream pie which I served in my faux bois cups.  It […]

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Ernie’s Chili

November 5, 2015

I was a judge for the Crosslake Chili Contest this year and this is the Judges Choice Winning Recipe, which was from Edina Realty – yet the origins are from Ernie’s on Gull, which is famous for their Greenie. 2 tbsp. olive oil 2.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/2 stick butter 1 green pepper, […]


Rainbow Jello Shots

May 27, 2012

What a fun, easy and quick ‘drink’ for your next party – these can even be done minus the alcohol for a kids party.   Kinky Cherries Pit 48 cherries, leaving stems in tact and place into a sealable storage container, filling with Kinky Liqueur to cover.  Allow to soak for at leats 24-48 hours. […]

Glitter Kitty

February 27, 2009

Some people would say if something is immobile around me long enough, I will attempt to glitter it. Back in December my daughter and I went to the Humane Society and adopted a gray called appropriately named ‘gray’ – I call him ‘kitty’. My mother came over for an extended weekend two weeks ago and […]


Blueberry Cardamom Cream Biscuits

July 4, 2013

If you have five minutes to make breakfast in the morning, then you have time to mix these up. Yes, I know – it also take 30 minutes to bake in the oven, but that’s when you can take time to get other morning tasks taken care of. This recipe can be easily converted to […]