Rhubarb Ginger Planters Punch

Mother nature is turning up the heat and humidity in the Midwest, making it feel downright tropical at times. We answered the call this week by brewing up some rhubarb and ginger symple syrup, throwing it together with some rum and sitting back to enjoy the sun and temps. This will not be the first…

Roasted Cauliflower Nachos

They say that necessity is the mother of invention.  If I believe that to be true – then our necessity was needing to eat dinner and the invention began with wanting cauliflower and seeing a half full jar of queso sauce and the idea of cauliflower nachos was born. I fully know that I’m not…

Caprese Lamb Burger

For over a decade, the traditional caprese flavor combo has been a favorite in our household. It doesn’t matter if it’s the straight-up caprese salad or it’s baked counterpart on a margherita pizza, there is an unmistakably wonderful balance of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and sliced tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled…

Aioli – 3 Ways

It is always so fun to get a new gadget and find an exciting way to use it.  That gadget for me today is a white and grey marble Mortar and Pestle.  You might be thinking, “What?! She, who loves cooking and experimenting, doesn’t already have a mortar and pestle?!” Seems kind of wrong, right?!…

Tequila Old Fashioned

If you have read my posts in the past, you may know I was born and raised in Wisconsin…and if there is one thing to know about Wisconsinites, it is that we LOVE our Old Fashioneds! What I always knew about an Old Fashioned growing up was that: It included Brandy/ Whiskey/Bourbon. It could be…

Chai Coconut Simple Syrup

Inspiration for me comes often from thinking back on unexpected special experiences I’ve shared with family and friends. To know what I mean – close your eyes and think of a moment where you didn’t plan, where all you can see is smiles and laughter, where you are spending wonderful time with your significant other…

Roasted Cauliflower with Carrot Puree

When I first started cooking on my own (I’m not going to say how long ago that was), butter was my best friend! Don’t worry – butter and I are still BFF’s in the kitchen, but it feels natural to expand to other fats as well. Where the standard meat and potato meal (with butter)…

Zucchini Lamb Burgers with Celery Slaw

I had grown up knowing that the all American cheese burger was an irreplaceable trademark of summer. Over the last 20-30 years, I’ve seen (and/or created) burgers that are made from so much more than the all beef patty with cheese. There are burgers made of pork, lamb and even salmon; burgers topped with bacon…

Charcuterie Board

Here I go – jumping on the proverbial bandwagon of the popular meat and cheese plate. These have been around forever and I have made my fair share over time, but have always been hesitant to post about them because of the sheer volume of combinations that can be built can be a bit intimidating….

Baked Goat Cheese

Any dish that starts with good Artisan bread, fresh tomatoes and goat cheese, will finish with happy faces and full bellies (just ask my bookclub about bread consumption at group gatherings).  Hand crafted bread brings about a celebration, an elevation and elegance to a home cooked date night or dinner with friends. A while back,…