Heirloom Entertaining Collection Select Retailers

September 2, 2010

  I am honored to name the following stores as exclusive retailers that carry our Heirloom Entertaining Collection.  Please support your local business by purchasing from these wonderful individuals. ALABAMA: Table Matters 2402 Montevallo Road Birmingham, AL  35223 Phone:  205-879-0125 CALIFORNIA: Ellington & French 2942 Domingo Avenue Berkeley, CA  94705 Phone:  510-548-8188 CONNECTICUT: Hoaglands of […]

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Pie Crust 101

November 25, 2014


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 […]

Pineapple Batida

April 16, 2015

This cocktail uses Cachaça, the national beverage of Brazil where it can only be manufactured. Cachaça has a unique flavor profile all to it’s own. Some people say if you can’t find cachaça, use rum – some say vodka, I say don’t make it if you can’t find it, becuase it’s not the same either […]

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Pretzel Bottom Caramel Brownies

January 23, 2015

You’ll find you won’t want to share these chewy brownies with anyone – so make a double batch! Crust: 1 c. crushed pretzels 8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted 1/2 c. brown sugar 1/2 c. flour Combine ingredients and place into a square cake pan that has been fitted with parchment. If you don’t […]

Flag Tarts

June 24, 2010

I have made these for years for any holiday that celebrates our country. They are super easy. You will need 3 3/4-by-13 1/4-inch, fluted, rectangular tart pans, which are available in many shops that specialize in culinary tools. This recipe also calls for golden raspberries, but you can use regular ones since you ultimately will […]

SHOP – Set of 3, 36 oz. Juice Canning Jars

December 5, 2012

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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Breakfast Sausage from Scratch

February 5, 2011

3 lbs. ground pork 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 tbsp. maple syrup 1 tbsp. dried sage 1 tsp. dried thyme 2 tsp. salt 3 tsp. pepper 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper >Pull your ground pork out 30 minutes before using to take chill off so it is easier to mix.  Combine all ingredients together in a […]


March 23, 2010

Mortadella is a large Italian bologna sausage or cold cut that is made of finely ground, heat-cured pork. It is an interesting bologna as they incorporate at least 15% small cubes of pork fat into the center which gives it its’ distinctive look. It is delicately flavored with spices, including whole or ground black pepper, […]

Rotten Eggs

January 3, 2015

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10 Minute Vanilla-Bean Buttercream

April 19, 2013

This recipe is super easy, double or triple it, flavor it as you desire. This is my take on my grandmother’s original Vanilla-Bean Buttercream minus 90% of the time. I think it is pretty close – enjoy! Frosting: 1 lbs. unsalted butter, room temperature 1 c. heavy whipping cream 8 c. powdered sugar 1 tbsp. […]

Hot Cross Buns

April 2, 2015

This recipe is traditionally made with raisins, yet I have a daughter who refuses to eat them even at 18 – so I use dried blueberries. Plus, I’ve always found it odd that Hot Cross Buns are made with what I consider Fall/Winter spices – brown sugar, cloves and cinnamon. I decided to make it […]

SHOP – Jaune Tabletop Collection

January 19, 2013

Jaune, the French term for yellow, or Dijon in this case is the name of this handmade dinnerware collection.  The clay used for this pottery comes from Entraigue sur Sorgue, a small village near Avignon, France the former city of the Popes. It is a well-irrigated region, very fertile, at the confluence of the Rhone […]

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‘Under the Stars’ Blue Velvet Glitterbomb Cupcakes

June 20, 2013

I was commissioned to create a Glitterbomb Cupcake for an event ‘Yoga Under the Stars’. I could not help but channel the blue and black night sky, dusted with stars. So I made blue velvet cupcakes as the base, covering the buttercream with black disco dust and a sprinkling of edible silver stars – my […]

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Poached Chicken 101

November 25, 2014

I stay ahead of the game by always having poached/shredded chicken in my freezer for ‘later’ – here is how: Place them into a sauce pan and fill to 1″ over the breasts with water – then add 1 tbsp. kosher salt, 1 tbsp. garlic, 1 tsp. coarse ground pepper. I bring this to a […]

Blueberry Buttermilk Cake w/Blueberry Jam Buttercream

February 18, 2013

What an interesting cake for the Spring and Summer time.  Although the photo for this recipe is a wedding cake, it is because it has been tripled.  A two-layer 8″ cake, was converted into a 6″ & 10″ cake then frosted with a Blueberry Jam, Vanilla Bean Buttercream and covered with Marshmallow Fondant that has […]

Turkey with Sage-Chive Noodles

February 18, 2013

6 c. turkey or chicken, shredded 12 cups chicken/vegetable stock (1 cup reserved @ room temperature mixed with 1/4 cup flour) 3 tbsp. olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp. chopped, fresh sage 1/2 cup chopped, fresh parsley 1 bay leaf Noodle recipe below In a large pot on the […]

The Best Flour Sack Towels – Puppies

April 28, 2009

I am a firm believer in the flour sack towel when it comes to doing my dishes and when I was growing up, we always had some type of embroidery motif in the corner that either one of my grandmother’s had done. I have decided to bring back this tradition and have since been busy […]

Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook

February 23, 2012

I just received my copy of the Lodge Cast Iron cookbook, of which I was a contributor.  The recipe they featured of the several I submitted is my Lemon Lavender Pound Cakes using the Lodge Drop Biscuit Pan.  I am so honored to have been a part of this project.  The photography is amazing as […]

More Towel Terminology

October 3, 2009

A towel is a towel, right? Wrong. There are many different types. The glossary below defines towel terminology.Terry – Cotton terry towels are woven on a loom. Terry towels utilize an additional yarn to form loops which cover both sides of the towel.These loops are normally referred to as “pile” or “loop surfaces.”Velour – Velour […]

The Best Flour Sack Towels – Kitchen Gadgets

May 31, 2010

Kitchen Gadgets dancing around that have been hand-embroidered on durable flour-sack towels to help you do your cleaning. Set of seven for $49 –

Coffee Cardamom Cake w/Coffee Cardamom Buttercream

February 12, 2013

Cardamom is a spice I remember fondly from my childhood, growing up in a Scandanavian household. Here I took this familiar spice and created a cake by blending it with instant espresso, nutmeg and fresh-ground pepper. The recipe below is for a tiered wedding cake (4-6″ & 4-10″), yet you can easily half this recipe […]

Helen’s Hotdish

June 16, 2012

Memories from my childhood recall this being served by my mother on very, special occasions.  I have searched and searched for this recipe for over a decade, my mother claiming she gave it to me eons ago.  All I could do until now is lament about this wonderful hotdish which was quickly devoured by our […]


Dandelion Cookies with Honey and White Chocolate

May 26, 2013

These are like a chewy, lace cookie infused with honey and white chocolate chunks – unexpectedly Spring. I use Savannah Bee Honey in all my recipes, which is readily available. To remove the dandelion petals, hold the stem end that is attached at the bottom of the flower and then pull the petals out with […]

Crock Pot Chow Mein

July 10, 2011

When it’s hot outside or even freezing – cooking a meal in my Grandmother’s Crock Pot seems to make the day easier.  Here is her pork chow mein recipe.  Throw it in while you are making breakfast and it will be done for a lazy lunch and early dinner.  I love to pair this with […]

SHOP – Carrot Sticks Vintage Pillow

July 15, 2013

Entirely hand crafted by me using a vintage, found kit ca. 1973.  This crewelwork pillow is 12″ X 22″, sewn with an invisible zipper and stuffed with a removable down/feather insert.  Back of the pillow is natural, colored linen.  Each pillow is one-of-a-kind, so the one you see is the only one available. Carrot Sticks […]

AUDIBLE – Ultra Lounge, On the rocks

April 22, 2010

Hey midnight swingers! Summer is here and you need some great music playing in the background of your party. Ultra-Lounge On the Rocks is just what you need. Mel Torme singing ‘Sunshine Superman’? Julie London warbling ‘Quinn, The Eskimo’? Exotica Supremo Martin Denny taking on ‘Incense & Peppermints’? No, you haven’t gone insane, you’re just […]

Hot Onion Dip

October 22, 2011

1 (4 ounce) package of cream cheese (softened)1/2 cup mayonnaise1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano (grated)1/2 cup sweet onion (chopped)pepper to taste Directions:1. Mix everything and place it in a baking dish.2. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the top is nice and browned, about 30-50 minutes.OR 1 tablespoon butter1 tablespoon oil4 large sweet onions (sliced)1 […]

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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 […]