Panda’s Peanut Butter Dog Treats

I don’t just cook or bake for people, I bake for our family dog – Panda! I know, I have a dog named after a bear. There is a funny story to that… Months before we adopted Panda, we were talking about having a dog – you know, normal questions and discussions like ‘What breed…

Homemade Rhubarb Cordial

It was Memorial Day during a pandemic….so what better to do than start making a home made rhubarb cordial that would be just about ready by mid-summer! It took about 3 days of shaking once a day for the sugar to stop settling on the bottom of the jars. At the same time, the liquid…

Tropical Salsa w/SS Ricotta Spread and Baguette

This summer has been a hot one, full of humidity, sunshine, and the opportunity to sit outside on a Sunday morning enjoying the breeze and birds chirping. It is SUMMER! The reason why all midwesterners persevere thru long winters – to enjoy these months of sunshine and green grass. That season change as the world…

Hawaiian Cole Slaw

Here’s the thing with cole slaw – when I hear that there will be cole slaw on the menu, I get images of soupy, creamy, standard mayo based…maybe too sweet, or in general, ‘I’m not sure if I want to order this because I’m not sure what I am going to get’ cole slaw. This…

Smokey Banana Pulled Pork

Inventing menus and throwing together dishes that fit a theme is a passion of mine. Creating a fun meal and experience has a fulfilling quality for me, especially when entertaining. Not much brings me that full feeling more than happy, full friends and family…especially when the food turns out great. Entertaining has been a little…

Ricotta Spread with Home Made Ricotta

I took a day off from work recently with the thought of relaxing and doing almost nothing.  From the moment I woke up, I did whatever I wanted – long walk with the dog, coffee on the coach, watching master classes, flipping channels, etc.  The lack of the ‘have to do’s’ left me open to…

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…

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…

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…