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,…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…