Stars & Stripes Bombs

June 11, 2012

Prep your silicone shot glass mold generously by using a regular, unflavored baking spray to ensure easy release.  Place upside down onto a paper down to soak up any excess spray. Place mold onto a baking sheet for easy transport back and forth to the refrigerator.  Eating these is a bit of a challenge, so I would […]

creamy enchilada bake

Creamy Enchilada Bake

April 7, 2010

Part of what I hope you learn as you follow our tips and suggestions is how to take a recipe you already like and do what I call, remix it.  Here I took the enchilada bake that I made a few weeks back, but I rearranged some of the ingredients to create a more creamy […]

Orchid Cookies

March 18, 2009

My daughter and I were decorating cookies the other day and this was her second cookie she decorated. I’d say she is going to be a pro in no time. What a great cookie for a spring party, shower or little girl’s birthday. Pink royal icing covering the cookie with white sanding sugar to make […]

Cooking Quinoa

January 4, 2015

Prepping Concrete Statuary & Fountains for Winter

October 20, 2009

The best method to protect all cement products from winter damage is to take them inside a shed, garage or basement for the winter. Keeping them away from the freezing and thawing cycles of winter will help your fountain last for years. Unfortunately not all cement productsare easy to move and many people do not […]


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, […]

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Essential Bakeware

April 19, 2012

Amazing bakeware is essential to any baker’s kitchen and I had looked for years to try and find a line that would fit my ever-changing needs.  I am so happy to have found a family-run company that is manufacturing commercial-quality bakeware for the everyday consumer.  I am even more happy to be able to offer […]


February 7, 2012

Fan the flames in your direction with our Eros soap.  An irresistable blend of decadent patchouli and sensuous sandalwood with hints of cinnamon and rosehip seed oil.  Using this bar does give you an unfair advantage over your lover, but who cares when it smells this good!  Our generous 8 oz. bar is wrapped in red […]

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.

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 […]

folding a fitted sheet

October 21, 2009

InstructionsThings You’ll Need:Fitted Bed Sheet – Any SizeStep 1Put Your Fingers In Two Pockets – Same Side of the SheetStart with the right side of the fabric next to your body, and put your hands into two of the corner pockets of the sheet (two of the corner pockets on the same side of the […]

Salted Caramel Crumble Shortbread

February 19, 2012

These are like a chewy shortbread with salted caramel nestled in between.  I use two 9″ removable bottom cake pans, you can use two cheesecake pans or do this in a 9X13 pan.  My reasoning for wanting a removable bottom (or side) is due to the caramel center.  When it sets, it hardens and having […]

Lemon Brownies

January 4, 2015

Brown Sugar & Herb Brine

October 11, 2010

2 cup kosher salt 1 cup brown sugar 5 bay leaves 4 tablespoons black pepper corns 2 tablespoon garlic powder 2 tablespoon rosemary 2 tablespoon rubbed sage 2 tablespoon coriander seeds Dissolve brine in 2 quarts of boiling water. Once it is dissolved, add in 2 quarts more water. When the brine is cool, place […]

Linens – Finishing

September 17, 2009

After the cotton yarns are woven into a fabric, the fabric needs to be finished. This includes singeing and mercerizing. The singeing process is vital; it burns off the tiny fuzz that can later develop into pilling on your sheets. Mercerizing is a treatment conducted under tension, in order to increase strength, luster, and affinity […]

Steak – NY Strip

April 24, 2010

The strip steak is one of the highest quality beef steaks on the market. In the United States and Canada it is also known as striploin, shell steak, Delmonico, Kansas City or New York Strip steak. In the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, the same steak is traditionally called a Porterhouse steak. Cut from […]


Scotch Braised Pot Roast

May 30, 2013

When I set out to create this recipe, I was trying to inspire men to get into the kitchen and cook using ingredients they love – enter Scotch Whiskey. Leathery, buttery, caramely notes should pair well with beef and when braised for a few hours – bring out this refined dish to satisfy the male […]

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Caprese Bites

January 3, 2015

Crumb Cake for Two

January 3, 2015

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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 […]

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ross sveback Chocolate Blackout Cake

Chocolate Blackout Cake

December 10, 2010

Making a cake from scratch requires a little more effort than one from a box.  I would guess for most people it is about having the ingredients on hand that is the problem as opposed to the effort.  For this recipe, the ingredients that are not common in a lot of kitchens are buttermilk 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 […]

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Apothic Red Velvet Cake

January 20, 2013

From the moment I tried this wine I instantly thought about how it could be used to make a cake. The lush, blackberry notes were intoxicating and although it has taken me a while to get around and actually make a cake with it – I am so so happy with the result.  It is […]

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Vietnamese Iced Coffee

March 9, 2011

This is a great treat from far away.  Takes a little planning in that you have to cold brew for a day, but that is not much.  To make the cold-brew coffee, I use my Bodum Cin Cin which I have used to tea, flavored waters or even infusing vodka because it comes with a […]


November 10, 2008

It is that time of year when I start preparing for the holidays and since I had a class to teach on Sunday about stuffing, I decided to try a new idea of using biscuits instead of bread. I made the biscuits in three separate ways, and am able to let you know what you […]

SHOP – French Pressed Glassware Collection

October 28, 2012

Made for us in France by a company that has been producing artisan glassware since 1475, 17 years before Columbus discovered America.  Each piece is handmade at extremely high temperature which produces glass that is not only crystal clear, but also very durable.  The collection is both casual and elegant, hand washing is recommended yet […]

Pizza – Calzone Dough

March 18, 2010

1/4 cup warm water 1 envelope (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tsp. sea salt 3 cups all-purpose flour Place yeast in warm water to dissolve and proof. Put 2 cups flour, salt and olive oil into the bowl of a mixer with dough hook attachment and turn on medium. Watch the […]