Waffle Pancakes

May 4, 2009

It’s a waffle – no, it’s a pancake. This pan combines them both in a seamless manner. When I first saw this I thought – ‘What a great idea.’ Then later I started thinking, ‘How do you flip those pancakes?’ Turns out is was easier than you can imagine. Wooden/Bamboo skewers do the work for […]


Favorite Things – Miele Mangle Iron

April 2, 2013

  If you own table linens like I do, then the Miele Mangle Iron is a must-have. Ironing tablecloths, runners and napkins becomes an effortless task with this machine. How can you complain when you get to sit down, feed the linens and it automatically irons it for you. I sit down and watch CNN while […]


Corn Dog Madeleines

July 11, 2012

I always enjoy taking the everyday and turning it on it’s head, like here with the simple corn dog turned into a fancy and cheeky version of the traditional French Madeleine.  This recipe makes 16 bite-size versions of this kid and adult favorite.  I prefer to use one cob of fresh corn for the kernels, […]

My first crochet project in 25 years, I hope I can inspire you!

July 12, 2010

Here is a little tidbit of my new crochet project.  I have not picked up a crochet hook in 25 years, so I was not sure if I even knew how to do it – I will let the photo speak for itself.  I am going to make an afghan mixing the Soft Blue squares […]


Favorite Things – Miele Oven

May 10, 2009

  When you do the amount of cooking I do, you have the opportunity to try out a lot of appliances. Which is nice because I think you should have the opportunity to test drive something before you make the purchase of this size. Yesterday I tried the Miele MasterChef Dual Wall Oven at Warners-Stellian, […]

Squared Apple Crisp

August 20, 2010

When it comes to apple crisp, I’m feel the same way I do about crumb cake – more crisp please!  If you love the cruncy, caramelly topping just as much as I do then you need to try this recipe – it is a homerun.  I photographed it here on my Faux Bois (French for […]


Rainbow Vegetable Platter with Pepper Ranch Dip

June 2, 2013

This is not rocket science – it is merely my attempt to capture all the colors of the rainbow and place them on a massive platter using not terribly common vegetables. I was bummed to have not found baby corn. The miniature zucchini and purple cauliflower add not only visual interest, it also gets conversation […]

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 […]


Rainbow Jello Shots

May 27, 2012

What a fun, easy and quick ‘drink’ for your next party – these can even be done minus the alcohol for a kids party.   Kinky Cherries Pit 48 cherries, leaving stems in tact and place into a sealable storage container, filling with Kinky Liqueur to cover.  Allow to soak for at leats 24-48 hours. […]

Self-Healing Mats

January 3, 2015

ross sveback tomato cannellini bean salad

Tomato & Cannellini Bean Salad

July 22, 2010

1 15-ounce can of Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley Dressing ingredients 1/3 cup olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest 2 […]

ross sveback squash 101

Squash 101

November 25, 2014

ross sveback tomato salad with blue cheese buttermilk dressing

The Best Flour Sack Towels – December

November 15, 2009

Here is a flour sack towel embroidered with a Christmas motif. You can purchase this through me for $7 per towel. This makes a great holiday or housewarming gift. I swear by flour sack towels for my dishes – they work fantastic and leave my glassware lint free!

Stenciled Funkins

October 22, 2009

To continue with the numerous ideas for Funkins, here they have been stenciled.

ross sveback gray tablescape

SHOP – Danish Fern Dinnerware Collection

September 21, 2010

My second offering to the Heirloom Entertaining Collection. Danish Fern transferware pattern that dates back to the 1800’s. Excellent alone or mixed with various other patterns, these pieces transcend time and can be used in a casual to formal setting. Please see below for pricing and availability. Danish Fern Price List Danish Fern 10.5″ Dinner […]

Vanilla Bean Scones

March 20, 2012

There is no such luxury to the start of my day than with fresh scones and Double Devon Cream – yum, yum, yum.  Here is a traditional English cream scones infused with vanilla bean and topped with vanilla sugar to give it some crunch.  When making scones or biscuits I always cube my butter by […]

SHOP – Chalkboard Canning Labels

May 11, 2010

I absolutely love using these 3″ x 2″ chalkboard labels for canning.  Made in France, these heavy duty black vinyl labels are self adhesive, and can be used to organize virtually anything in your life. Set of 12 – $7

Home-made Fabric Softener Sheets

April 7, 2012

I frankly got tired of coating my clothes with a light plastic film in order to soften my clothes and wanted to find an alternative.  I never quite understood how adding fabric softener to the wash actually softened the fabric, yet I wondered if it was added to the dry cycle if that would work.  […]

banana flip

June 14, 2009

Cinnamon Bun Waffles

March 14, 2009

The smell of cinnamon, the addition of pecans – all drizzled with a vanilla glaze. Is this truly breakfast or am I dreaming?  Toasty Cinnamon Bun waffles are a great addition to anyone’s morning and why not try a new take on the beloved cinnamon roll – only without the rolling pin and hours of […]

DRINK – Big House Vineyards

November 5, 2009

I am always looking for a wine that not only meets my tastes, but also my budgetary considerations. I have found this with Big House Vineyards. I have enjoyed having this brand in my home for the last four years – it is a staple for me when it comes to entertaining. The lable is […]

Ross Sveback Slab Pumpkin Cheesecake

Slab Pumpkin Cheesecake

November 17, 2014

This a a version of slab pie, only using cheesecake as the vehicle. What is great about this recipe is it is perfect for parties or buffets where someone doesn’t want a whole slice of something – just a nibble. Crust: 2 package cinnamon graham crackers (roughly 9 crackers) 1 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, […]


Strawberry Scones

April 3, 2012

I have to admit that I rarely ever buy fruit to actually eat fresh – I generally always eat it in something, like pie or jam.  It’s funny because I had a moment yesterday at the supermarket when I walked in and grabbed the coupon booklet that there was a display of fresh strawberries at […]

Cheddar Chive Biscuits

April 16, 2015

This is a basic recipe which should allow you to tailor it to whatever flavor profile you love and enjoy – switching up the cheese and herb varieties is always fun to see what works. You don’t need a mixer for this, biscuits should be made by hand. I never use a cutter because I […]

The Best Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies Ever!

September 15, 2010

Living a life where you have to eat gluten free can be difficult, and variety is not a luxury most can afford.  I have developed the most delicious gluten-free sugar cookie recipe that unless you eat them side by side with a regular sugar cookie you would not know you are missing anything.  Not only […]

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 […]

101 – Fine Herbes [FEEN – ehrb]

November 14, 2009

A common fines herbes blend includes tarragon, chervil, parsley and chives. Other herbs such as coriander, thyme, marjoram, basil and dill may be used as well. The herbs are minced very fine, so that they will be almost invisible in the final dish. Fines herbes are also typically added at the very end of the […]