Rhubarb Ginger Planters Punch

Mother nature is turning up the heat and humidity in the Midwest, making it feel downright tropical at times. We answered the call this week by brewing up some rhubarb and ginger symple syrup, throwing it together with some rum and sitting back to enjoy the sun and temps. This will not be the first…

Roasted Cauliflower Nachos

They say that necessity is the mother of invention.  If I believe that to be true – then our necessity was needing to eat dinner and the invention began with wanting cauliflower and seeing a half full jar of queso sauce and the idea of cauliflower nachos was born. I fully know that I’m not…

Caprese Lamb Burger

For over a decade, the traditional caprese flavor combo has been a favorite in our household. It doesn’t matter if it’s the straight-up caprese salad or it’s baked counterpart on a margherita pizza, there is an unmistakably wonderful balance of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and sliced tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled…

Aioli – 3 Ways

It is always so fun to get a new gadget and find an exciting way to use it.  That gadget for me today is a white and grey marble Mortar and Pestle.  You might be thinking, “What?! She, who loves cooking and experimenting, doesn’t already have a mortar and pestle?!” Seems kind of wrong, right?!…

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)…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…