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…

Citrus and Burrata Salad

This salad is what I think of whenever I see Burratta cheese. Burratta is one of my favorite, if not the best cheese in the world! I know that’s a bold statement, especially from someone originally native to Wisconsin, who grew up on standard cheddar and American cheese. If you haven’t had burratta, find yourself…

Leek and Potato Soup

I may say this every time I make soup, but here it is again… I’m not a huge soup person. I love the aroma that a delicate, layered broth sends throughout the home, but soup is still not my go- to in most circumstances. It is not the same for Eric – he loves soups…

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…