Zucchini Noodles with Garlic Scape Pesto

2021 Summer Challenge Extended – Can I cook my way thru my C.S.A.?   Oh yes – Challenge Accepted! If you don’t know what a CSA is – it is a great way to support local farms, pay up front for a season and get a box of produce once a week for 16 weeks.  I…

Sweet Oregano Compound Butter

I remember my first introduction to a compound butter.  It was shortly after I graduated college and I returned to Winona for an event that an organization from college was hosting.  This year it was at a nice golf course, plated meal style. As the event got rolling, there were baskets of warmed bread and…

Oregano & Lemon Cocktail

Who’s surprised to see another cocktail post that includes lemons? No-one. Ok, that is pretty accurate. I like lemons and the bright and acidic punch they add to meals and cocktails. So, why not throw it in with an earthy herb like oregano, toss a little vodka and lemoncello into the mix and I’m starting…

Seared Cauliflower with Corn

It happens every spring/summer – Everything is Growing! Everything turns green! We plant our Herbs (and this year some veggies/greens, too)! It has been a nice spring, warm, wet and still a decent amount of sun. Now I was told quite a while ago, by a wise man with a green thumb (that would be…

Spicy Tomatillo Chicken Tacos

There is a relaxation that comes from creating your own dish. Right now, I can picture myself standing at the stove, tuning out the TV, background discussions, and the only sound I hear are the onions hissing as they sauté; knowing that the skillet is waiting for the tomatillos and tomatoes and that certain explosive…

Mississippi Beef Pot Roast

I need to get something off my chest – beef pot roasts and I have not always gotten along.  I have made them a handful of times and they are always edible, but for me, there was always something missing when I attempted a roast.  I’ve tried a red wine roast where the beef was…

Big Mac Sloppy Joe’s

Sloppy Joe’s have always been a favorite meal dating back from childhood to present day. In our house, they are regular in the dinner rotation each month. There have been different variations over the years, from the packet with tomato paste to the Manwich brand, to my mom’s A&W copycat recipe that she started making…

Pineapple Infused Vodka

This is the summer of infusing liquors. First, it was the lemoncello; then the rhubarb cordial; now it’s Pineapple Vodka. I know that infusing liquor is not a new thing, so I’m going to call myself retro cause I am playing with fruit/booze combos this summer. This infusion was inspired by one of Eric and…

Orleans Parrish Style BBQ Shrimp

This is a recipe that I feel like I could enjoy once a week. Beyond the amazing taste of creole seasonings, butter, and juicy shrimp, it is one of those recipes that paints a mental picture that romanticizes both where you are and the experience that you are having while you are there. It could…

Ponzu Cucumber Salad

There is a fun dynamic on certain foods in my house.  There are some no-one likes (eggplant – I want to, but even I don’t.)  There are lots we all like (chicken, tacos, Eggs Benedict – this list could go on).  But then there are those that some like, some don’t like and some like,…