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,…

Seared Sirloin with Red Chimichuri

As the seasons turn to spring and summer (or in this year’s case, from winter direct to hot summer, then back to winter), I get excited for the thought of fresh herbs and grilled meats…and of course, something new.  As Eric and I were talking the other day and listing out items for dinners for…

Candied Bacon

This post is soooo worth saving, tagging, pinning, or whatever the kids are doing these days. From the love of bacon that so many people share, to the tangy, sweet candied coating, this is a recipe to keep in the rotation. Here are some of the acclaimed family reviews… First Review – Eric’s brother and…

Earl Grey Bourbon Old Fashioned

If I were to think of one of my top three signature cocktails, this Earl Grey Bourbon Old Fashioned would absolutely be on that list!  Once the tea simple syrup is made and chilled, the cocktail is a crowd pleaser with only four ingredients.  Living in the last few decades’ resurgence of the craft cocktail…

Strawberry Tomato Salsa

This was the first meal invented from the 2021 CSA and it started the season off right. So, very ripe strawberries paired with equally vibrant tomatoes created a sweet, but savory topping for grilled balsamic marinaded chicken. I’m not sure if it was the long winter, the anticipation of fresh local produce or just the…

Mahi Mahi with Pistachio Mint Pesto

Are you ready to say, “Oh my god….that’s amazing!”? Well, you should be.  This dish warranted that exact OMG face from E with those exact words…This is amazing!   I was gifted a new cookbook for mothers day and promptly went thru and flagged pages of recipes I wanted to try.  For the next few weeks…

Fried Eggs with Blistered Tomatoes & Avocados

As the Midwest was in the middle of it — the long, sometimes never-ending seeming, winter cold season. During this stretch, the world is a combination of white and gray, of fresh snow sparkling in the sun and days cut short with early setting sun. Being in the middle of this time, I went in…