The Bourbon Sunshine

I love experimenting with the beverage side of recipes as much as I do with the food side of recipes. It’s cliche, but being from Wisconsin, you learn young to appreciate kicking back and relaxing with anything from a Miller High Life (it’s the Champaign of beers – thanks dad) to a fancy made cocktail…

Homemade Lemoncello

When I think of Lemoncello, I think Italy (never been) and all of the beautiful coastline towns that cliff the striking blue Mediterranean waters.  Right now, that is where I would like to be – sipping lemoncello on a terrace covered with vines and lemons hanging off vines all around.  I am a fan of…

Margarita Pizza

It was a warm summer night, the wind is blowing strong and warm breezes are flowing thru the house.  The typical weeknight of appreciating the workday done, grateful for the beautiful weather,  and ready to start the next experiment in the kitchen. Tonight is Margarita Pizza night!   I love this flavor combo…whether on a pizza…

Homemade Pizza Dough

There is something about the smell of dough…it is a kryptonite to me.  It does not matter if it is pizza dough or bread dough, there is an amazing magnetism to the smell of growing yeast when mixed with just enough sugar and warm water. I have played with different versions of pizza dough over…

Three Bean Vinegrette Salad

Lunches during the workday can be a challenge for me…I don’t want to order in and I don’t want the same thing every day, but at 6:30 in the morning, if I haven’t planned ahead, it is going to be one of those two options. That is why I like this recipe. The salad is…

Bacon Rhubarb Jam

I will never forget the first time I had bacon jam (ok…I’m sounding dramatic), but really, for a lover of bacon, the flavor is quite amazing.  It was at a local restaurant called Iron Tap and they serve it on Pimento Cheese Bruschetta (OMG – so good) and what else could they serve it on,…

Turkey Burgers w/Bacon Jam

The gauntlet has been thrown down for the week…in the struggle of what to make for meals for the week, a challenge was thrown down to create a different burger every other night…can I do it? Can I make up my own burgers? Do I have enough ideas right now? To be clear, the challenge…

Sriracha Lime Chopped Chicken Salad

There is something truly fun about living in the midwest – when the seasons start to change, the weather releases the last bit of over night frost and SUMMER has arrived! Grilling becomes second nature during these months. I’m often envious of those who have outdoor kitchens in warm climates who can grill and entertain…

Fresh Green Pea Gazpacho

Gazpacho in essence is cold soup. Traditionally found made from tomatoes. I say, ‘step aside, tomato – here comes green peas!’ Nothing says spring like peas – add other items like mint and honeydew melon (and even a little heavy cream) and you have a light, but flavorful spring soup. Now, if the temps would…

Prosciutto with Mozzarella & Melon

Every time there is entertaining, I like to start with something simple and fun with just a hint of elevation. Spring is more than in the air, bringing with it the urge to find fresh meal ideas and tasty treats that are colorful and light – this appetizer does not disappoint. Although all soft in…