Bridge Mix Bars

June 15, 2011

This is my version of what I recall as a holiday snack treat remixed into a bar that can be enjoyed all year long.  I remember as a child, when my mother used to buy the Brach’s Bridge Mix – so delicious and fun.  I recently saw a version of this made by Anne Thornton […]


Olivier Salad

May 22, 2013

This salad hails from Russia where it is a New Year’s celebration must-have. When I received the recipe from a Russian friend of mine I was a bit perplexed how I was to find slab bologna – little did I know it was readily available at most fine grocers in the deli section. I used […]


October 2, 2012

As soon as I sense the fall season approaching, I start to think about autumn’s bounty. One of those the things I love to do is carving pumpkins, but I was always disheartened by the level of work put into these creations only to have them vanished by morning’s arrival. I use to also wish […]

Nutella Bacon

March 20, 2015

For this recipe I prefer to use the extra-thick cut bacon by Farmland because it has a tendency to be more salty than usual – it’s the brand I prefer when adding bacon to any recipe due to that fact. The saltiness of the bacon is a nice balance to the sweet of the Nutella. […]

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Money Tree Bonsai

January 4, 2015

Potato Chip Cookies

January 4, 2015

Oreo Cheesecake Muffins

April 15, 2010

I decided to deconstruct my oreo cheesecake recipe

Taco Soup

October 7, 2012

So my daughter Hadass has began to pick up the reigns and cook dishes she eats down at her mother’s, which often are rather easy and delicious.  They found this recipe via her mother’s lifelong friend, Cindy Emery.  As I watched her make this soup, I was amazed at how effortless it was.  If you […]

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 […]

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The Best Flour Sack Towels – Not embroidered

May 29, 2009

Next time you need to stock up on pricey microfiber rags or disposable electrostatic dust cloths, opt for flour sack towels instead. Flour sack towels outperform microfiber and disposable dust cloths for cleaning and dusting all areas of your home. They’re large, absorbent, durable, and (perhaps most importantly) cheap. What in the World are Flour […]

Sun-Drenched Menu Class Revisited

May 11, 2009

This past weekend was the premier of a new venture with Warners-Stellian to offer cooking classes in their stores. This is a great way to not only learn new, inventive cooking techniques; but also gives you the opportunity to see these appliances in motion. Sun-Drenched food was on the menu, and I will be featuring […]


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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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 […]

101 – Pie Beans

May 5, 2010

Blind baking, the process of pre-baking your pie crust so you it can be filled with a filling that is either cooked on the stove or fresh fruit requires you to weigh down your pie crust while it initially bakes so your pie crust doesn’t become a shrinking violet.  A lot of companies want to […]


May 3, 2010

Did you know that Lilacs are genus (relative) of the olive family?   At this time of year, I am constantly filling vases all over my home with lilacs.  The wonderful aroma from bouquets is sensed from every room, as well as the beauty of the blooms. Lilacs are popular shrubs in my area of the […]


Orange Poppy Seed Cake w/Orange Blossom Buttercream

February 18, 2013

My inspiration for this cake came from the Eva Zeisel Century Tabletop Collection. I love the lines and whimsy of each piece. It was important for me to have the cake’s appearance be subtle, yet the flavor be the big profile. So here orange is paired with poppy seeds to bring your full attention forward. […]

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Parker House Rolls

November 25, 2014


April 21, 2010

There are hundreds of alliums, including the onions and garlic we eat. The ornamental varieties often have leaves similar to onions, as well as the onion’s round ball shaped flower heads. However there are many varieties with star-like clusters of flowers and others, like A. Cernuum, the ‘Nodding Onion’, with hanging pendants of blossoms. Alliums […]

Maple Sidecar

November 8, 2011

With the advent of Autumn and Winter around the corner, I wanted to create a cocktail that celebrates the seasons.  Why not take one of my all-time favorite drinks, the Sidecar and remix it.  Here I switched out the brandy for Maker’s Mark and the simple syrup with maple syrup.  The end result?  Let’s just […]

Brazilian Potato Salad

June 3, 2011

With Spring inching closer and summer on its’ heels, I wanted to make my Brazilian potato salad as a reminder that winter is not forever. The flavors of this salad are light and refreshing, perfect for warm weather. Brazilian flavors are bold and spicy – jalapenos, black olives and feta are a few guests here. […]

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 […]

Ultimate Chex® Mix

February 13, 2013

I readily admit my love for Chex Mix, yet I am not a fan of pretzels and finding bagel chips was always like trying to locate a needle in the haystack. I figured this recipe needed some revamping and adaptation to my taste – more flavor and more stuff! What did I do different? Well, […]

Italian Chicken Soup

January 26, 2011

I believe some things should never be complicated, like chicken soup – it’s a simple pleasure, so the recipe should not stress you out.  Here the humble chicken is paired with basil, lemon and Parmesan to create an elixir to nurse you back to health or feed the souls of your loved ones.  Either way, […]


Cauliflower Gratin w/Bacon and Pepper Jack Cheese

May 6, 2012

So the grocery store had a BOGO coupon for 8 oz. prepackaged, cut cauliflower on sale giving me 1# of cauliflower to create with.  I decided to create a cauliflower gratin that was ooey, gooey and cheesy – oh, and it had to have bacon since I had a half pound of bacon in the […]


May 31, 2010

What a refreshing way to spend the day than with a Caipirinha, it is the National Drink of Brazil if you did not know.  Made with Cachaça, which is Brazil’s version of Rum manufactured from sugar cane.  The Caipirinha is similar to a Mojito only made with Cachaça instead of rum.  You can try a […]

Roasted Vegetable Soup

September 15, 2009

Preheat oven 425 and put the following into a 9×13 pan 6-8 Toms cut in half(cut side down in pan)4-6 peeled garlic cloves4-6 carrots peeled and sliced2 leeks cleaned and sliced(white to light green part only) Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Roast for 1hr, remove from oven. With tongs remove tomato […]

SHOP – Sagaform ‘Retro’ Stoneware

October 12, 2012

Entertaining is like breathing to me, it’s a necessity for everyday life.  My Grandparents came over from Norway in the early 1900’s and so my Scandinavian Heritage is deep within the fiber of who I am and where I come from.  This is one of the reasons why I am honored to partner with Sweden’s […]

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