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. […]


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 […]

Fritos Walking Tacos

January 3, 2015

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 […]

Tomato Salad with Avocado Salsa

June 3, 2011

Quick summer saladas are a staple at my house as soon as the weather gets warm enough to spend more than ten minutes outside.  The colors of this salad are fantastic and making it is easy with the Debuyer Kobra mandoliene, it should only require five minutes of effort, then takes around an hour in […]

Walnut Pesto with Lemon & Parsley

August 15, 2009

Here is another variation on traditional pesto using walnuts and parsley instead of pine nuts and basil. With the addition of lemon, you get a bright burst of flavor for any season. Slather on crusty bread and pair with a great bottle of wine with some good friends. 2 cups flat-leaf parsley (tightly packed)1 cup […]

Sprinkles Puffcorn

May 27, 2012

Just in time for summer or anytime of year, my latest creation.  Buttery, salty puffcorn blended with M&M Mini’s, white chocolate and SPRINKLES!!!  So super easy, the hardest part is waiting for the chocolate to re-set so you can start eating it! 1 bag Old Dutch puffcorn1 12 oz. bag white chocolate4 oz. M&M Mini’s3 oz. […]

Whipped Feta Dip

November 24, 2014

6 oz feta cheese, crumbled 4 oz cream cheese, softened 1/3 c. olive oil 1 tbsp. garlic, minced 1 tablespoon lemon juice Topping: 2 Roma tomatoes, diced Fresh chopped oregano Fresh chopped parsley Black pepper and salt, to taste Drizzle olive oil for garnish Pita, chips, or crackers, to serve Combine the feta, cream cheese, […]

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Biscuit Donuts

November 25, 2014

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SHOP – Essentials Handblown Bordeaux Grand Cru Stemware

November 23, 2012

Tall with a broad bowl, each Bordeaux Grand Cru stem is designed for full bodied red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, as it directs wine to the back of the mouth.  Each 35 oz. Bordeaux Grand Cru stem measures 11″ tall and is a true heirloom. Handmade for me in Germany by a company that has been producing […]

Ham & Cheddar Strata

February 20, 2011

1 – 8 oz. loaf French/Italian bread, sliced 1″ thick and dried out 1 cup whole milk2 cups heavy cream 5 eggs 2 tbsp Dijon mustard 4 garlic cloves 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 lb. ham, diced 16 oz. shredded cheddar cheese In a blender, combine milk, cream, eggs, Dijon, garlic, salt and […]

Press & Editorial – MSP Magazine Blog Press

March 21, 2009

So it was thrilling to get a sign that someone in media has taken notice of what I am doing. There is a blurb that Stephanie March, the Food Editor at Minneapolis/St.Paul Magazine did regarding the cooking classes and it a sign that I am on my way. To read the article click here, it […]

Glittered Skeleton – Halloween Glam!

September 29, 2011

Walking through the forest I happened upon an eerie skeleton, encrusted in glitter. Spooky as it was, it’s bones shimmered like diamonds as they caught the reflection of the sun. This craft project is sure to bring that wow factor this Halloween. I used polystyrene skeleton bones set and covered them with various shades of […]

Portuguese Donuts – Malasada

November 3, 2009

In the late 1880’s, Portuguese laborers travelled the globe in search of work, with some settling in the plantations of Hawaii, bringing with them their wonderful recipes for rich decadent desserts and pastries that the Portuguese are renowned for. Somewhere between 1880 and 1952, the traditionally spelled “Malassada” became the Malasada, a fried piece of […]

Mini Autumn Butter Pecan Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Bean, Nutmeg Filling

November 23, 2010

What a fun way to celebrate Autumn than with these fun, embossed miniature whoopie pies.  Butter pecan batter baked into little autumnal cakelets in the shapes of walnuts, pinecones, pumpkins and acorns.  Filled with a decadent mixture of creamy butter, vanilla-bean paste and nutmeg to complete this remixed version of the classic whoopie pie into scaled-down […]

Chicken ‘n Egg Salad

October 30, 2012

Which came first? I figure – who cares, eat them both! Here I paired the mighty chicken with the humble egg in a salad that is to die for. This is a merging of my grandmother’s chicken salad with her egg salad recipe – perfect for sandwiches. Check out my link on how I poach […]

Mini Cheddar, Bacon & Dried Cherry Cheeseballs

March 1, 2012

I recall as a child getting so excited whenever we were having a party or went to a gathering at someone’s home and they would have a cheeseball.  There truly was something magical about these to me – they were like savory cakes to me.  I am working on a wedding feature spread and am […]

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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 […]

Remy XO Valentine’s Day Cake for Two with Piper Heidsieck Champagne Truffles

January 11, 2010

Many desserts make a large amount and Valentine’s Day calls for something smaller, more special. I decided to make a tiny cake adorned with truffles. The cake is moist chocolate cake that has been infused with Remy XO in the recipe. I baked it in two 6″ cake pans. I also infused jam mixed with Remy […]

Chewy Breakfast Bars

May 14, 2010

I love oatmeal breakfast bars for a couple reasons.  First, it’s a matter of convenience – grab and go.  Second, it helps me eat one of my favorite things – oatmeal.  I readily admit I don’t like oatmeal cooked on the stove for breakfast unless it is doctored up with some type of sweetness.  I […]

The Best Flour Sack Towels – Vegetables

July 12, 2009

Here is a set of seven flour sack towels with hand-embroidered vegetable motifs on them. This set sells for $49.

iContact – media marketing, simplified

August 26, 2009

When I decided last fall to pursue my passion for relatable lifestyle kon-tent and find ways to deliver that to people, I had no clue where to begin. I already had ideas, products and recipes that I used – but I was now faced with the task of writing articles about them and then getting […]

Mom’s ‘Working Class’ Chili

March 6, 2013

Both of my parents worked, so time was a luxury and not one my mother had when she would get home and have to figure out a way to feed her family. Her chili recipe was quick and convenient – and delicious. My mother never skimped on protein, there was always plenty of hamburger in […]

Salted Caramel Cupcakes

December 2, 2011

Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened 1 1/4 cups sugar 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 4 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream 8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate 1/4 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons whipping cream Salted Caramel Buttercream Garnishes: sea salt flakes […]

Brown Sugar Cutout Cookies

October 20, 2009

Brown Sugar Cookies 1 cup butter, room temperature 2 ounces cream cheese 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and cream […]

Sopressata with Cauliflower and Tomatoes

August 9, 2004

Summer entertaining should be easy and full of bright flavors to go along with fantastic friends or family.  Ordinary cauliflower is paired here with the bold flavors of Sopressata, a spicy, dry-cured salami originating in Italy but readily available at most supermarkets today.  I slice the Sopressata thinly on my mandoline, feel free to cut […]

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Jalapeno Cola Meatballs

November 25, 2014

Strawberry Pot Garden

June 1, 2009

It is the season to get your herbs growing! Not everyone has the room for a garden, and sometimes your garden is a far walk away from your kitchen. I started growing herbs in a strawberry pot over a decade ago when I was married and we had no area for a garden. I find […]

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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 […]

Maple-Bourbon Pork Stew with Bacon-Sage Crumble

February 19, 2012

This is a version of cassoulet, with the addition of Maple syrup and Bourbon – minus the chicken.  You cold realistically replace the chicken for the pork shoulder should desire.  Homey and comforting, this is surely a great meal to start in your slow-cooker on a Saturday morning and enjoy all weekend long.  The bacon-sage […]