Twinkies Trifle

November 25, 2014

Honey Palmiers

January 29, 2011

I love Palmiers – light and crispy French treats, delicately sweetened.  They are just the right thing for a miniature sweet tooth.  I had put off making these for years because I wanted to think I would get up the courage to actually make puff pastry, but I decided I would see if I could […]

Browned Onion & Madeira Gravy

August 18, 2009

This is a very British meal, bangers (sausages) and mash with browned onion gravy. You can alternatively use this over Toad in the Hole or Pot Roast as well. 2 Tbsp. butter 2 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced 1 heaping Tbsp. flour 1/3 cup Madeira, Marsala or red wine 1¼ cups Beef stock or […]

Elevated Jarred Pasta Sauce

November 25, 2014

Elevate the everyday – add a chopped onion, 1 tbsp garlic and 1/2 c. red wine to a jar of pasta sauce, package of thawed, frozen meatballs and 1/2# cooked pasta. Serve on a beautiful platter #guiltessmeal

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 […]

Turkey 101 – Fresh vs. Frozen

October 4, 2009

Frozen turkeys have been deep-chilled at zero degrees or below. They are at their best if used within a year. Frozen turkey is the least expensive, but freezing dries out the meat and most moisture is lost down the drain during defrosting, this is a good cause for brining your turkey. Fresh birds have never […]

Mulled Hot Chocolate

October 24, 2009

  The idea of mulling hot chocolate intrigued me so I decided to give it a try. Mulling things to infuse them with a spice blend can be applied to a wide variety of recipes. I found this gave an added depth to the chocolate and provoked an unexpected nuance to my guests. Recipe: 8 […]

More Crumb Please Crumb Cakes

June 27, 2011

I love taking traditional things and making them into miniature which is easy to do with the help of USA Pans Mini Cake Pan. Crumb 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. freshly-ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp. vanilla beans 1 cup unsalted butter, melted Mix ingredients together […]

Vacation to India Recipe – Corn with Chilies in Coconut Milk

April 19, 2009

1 tsp. cumin seeds – toasted and finely ground 2 tbsp. unsalted butter 1/4 cup green onions – minced 1 tbsp. ground coriander 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper 1 tsp. curry powder 1 cup coconut milk 1/2 cup chicken stock 1 tsp. fresh lemon zest 1 1/2 lbs corn kernels 2 jalapeno peppers – roasted, peeled, […]

Beth Collier’s Chocolate Pie

February 11, 2013

I love how the refrigerators’s coldness makes little brown crystal balls on top of the meringue. This is a favorite of mine for Valentine’s since it was the first date I had with  my husband back in 1987.  My Southern maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Claire, made this every Christmas.  Instead of keeping it in the refrigerator, […]

101 – The Trinity

June 4, 2009

Holy Trinity, Divine Trinity or The Trinity – all terms that refer to a basic mixture of three vegetables, or aromatics as they are sometimes called that make up the basic foundation of a dish. Have you ever wondered what exactly they are talking about? A holy trinity in cooking is essentially a flavour base […]

Pumpkin Brownie Loaf

November 25, 2014

Best Pizza Sauce Recipe

September 6, 2010

Why go out and buy a prepared pizza sauce that is full of preservatives and things you don’t want, when you can make it yourself.  Preparation is super easy and the flavor is out of this world.  All it takes is some time to let it steep and believe me, you will be glad you […]

Jerk Pork Burgers with Maple-Honeycrisp Slaw

May 23, 2010

Perfect for Summertime entertaining, or really any time of the year. These burgers offer an unexpected dose of flavor with the spicy burger paired with the sweet slaw. Fry up any way you like – these also make great sliders for your next outdoor gathering. For the burgers: 3 lbs ground pork 3 tbsp maple […]

Mulled Cider

October 23, 2009

Fall has arrived and I always get endeared to mulled cider. Making it is easy and it fills my home with such wonderful aromas. Visions of relaxing with my socks on and feet up with someone I love, some great conversation and a cup of mulled cider makes me think of never leaving home until […]

The Best Flour Sack Towels – October

August 28, 2009

You just can’t go wrong with this idea. It’s useful and decorative! Why not bring in the holiday ghouls during dish chores? These towels actually work well – they are my favorite thing to dry dishes with – hang after use and they dry almost instantly, ready to be used again. They launder well too. […]

Yeast Donut & Lemon Bismark French Toast

March 15, 2013

Okay, I admit it – raised doughnuts are something I have to control. I do not make them because I know that I cannot stop myself from eating them all. I even avoid that section of the supermarket (sometimes…) in an effort to contain my passion for this treat. I figure if I make something […]


March 4, 2010

I think any person worth their salt is constantly honing who they are, the message they want to convey. Lately I have been tormented with what kon-tent is really about, what do we stand for. As a creative person, I try to stay unblocked and allow the world to transfer as much energy my way […]

The Best Flour Sack Towels – At the Lodge

October 23, 2009

Set of nine embroidered flour sack dishtowels with an Northwoods theme. Each towel is hand embroidered. This set sells for $63,

Red, White and Blue Sandwich Cookies

May 20, 2015

These cookies are like soft OREO’s. They can be a bit futzy to make with piping the dough out onto the baking sheet. You could scoop the dough out, yet you won’t get the coverage needed. This recipe calls for shortening as it is what makes the cookie soft and still hold up some shape […]

Gilt Funkin

November 16, 2009

Here I gilded a funkin for Thanksgiving. This craft was easy and it provides a lot of wow factor with minimal effort. My daughter and I did this together and it turned into a fun family craft. I used Gold Leaf, sizing and finshing spray from Houston Art/Mona Lisa Products. I found these at Michaels. […]

Day Five of our Road Trip Across America – Fluid Movement

May 11, 2010

Day Five started off at The Plaza District in Kansas City.  For those of you unfamiliar with this area, to me it is reminiscent of Brigadoon.  I always feel like I have stepped into an imaginary world when I am at The Plaza.  A little unknown fact to most people is that Kansas City is […]

Pineapple Ginger Jam

January 21, 2015

I’ve always said, if you can boil water – you can make jam. This recipe doesn’t make a large batch, and since I tend to only make it when I’m making my recipe for Jamaican Jerk Cocktail Weiners I usually never bother with preserving the remainder in a water bath since it will keep in […]

Mallorcan Bread

August 8, 2011

This recipe takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary – simple, frozen bread dough is transformed into delicious bread that is reminiscent of Spain. 2 loaves frozen, white bread dough – thawed1 tbsp. pepper1/4 cup olive oil Place each loaf of thawed bread into an individual bowl and season each with pepper and olive oil […]

Crock Pot Margarita Chicken Dip

June 17, 2015

The Margarita meets the crock pot with this delicious chicken dip. I used the canned chicken because I enjoy the saltiness it brings to the dip, feel free to use whatever you wish – even a rotisserie chicken will work – roughly 1.5 c. is the amount or do it without the chicken. You can […]

SHOP – Essentials Handblown White Grand Stemware

November 23, 2012

To preserve a crisp, clean flavor, many white wine glasses will have a smaller mouth, which reduces surface area and in turn, the rate of oxidization.  White wines which are best served slightly oxidized are generally full flavored wines, such as am oaked chardonnay.   Each 15 oz. Chardonnay stem measures 9″ tall and is a true heirloom. Handmade […]

Lemon Mint Aquavit

January 3, 2015

Rustic Tart with Glazed Strawberries

May 8, 2011

I am the first person to advocate for making things from scratch, but I had an extra store-bought pie crust in the refrigerator from another project and I figured I would give it a try.  I would say you should be able to make this dessert with your eyes closed, yet that might actually harm […]

Planning your party cocktail food

February 9, 2010

Whenever I am doing a cocktail party with hors d’œuvres, I use a general matrix to determine how many I will need to make. I always assume the party will last 3 hours, and guests generally eat more in the first hour than they do in the remaining hours to follow so it is best […]

Yo-Yo Quilting

July 17, 2009

Making a yo-yo quilt is a fun and decorative way to gather all your left over fabric pieces together and use them to make a beautiful craft project. Here are the steps for making your own yo-yo quilt. Choose a plastic lid or a CD as a circle template for your yo yos. The yo […]