Easy autumn wild rice soup

One of the most undeniably lovely things about fall setting in and the weather getting colder is the deliciousness of tucking into a warm bowl of soup for supper. There’s just something about soup in October that tastes different than soup in July, not to mention the simple fact that few are going to beContinue reading “Easy autumn wild rice soup”

The meal I simply can’t forget (and how you can try and duplicate it)

I want you to close your eyes. Ok…read the next paragraph first, then close your eyes and imagine! I want you to think about the greatest meal you’ve ever eaten. Maybe it was a holiday. Maybe it was a home cooked creation worthy of a five-star restaurant. Maybe it was on vacation. Maybe it’s yourContinue reading “The meal I simply can’t forget (and how you can try and duplicate it)”

Artisan pizzas: fancy and fast, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

If there was one food that I had to commit to for the rest of my life, it would be pizza. It’s got everything that you need: some carbs, some protein, some veggies, some dairy. You can pack it full of flavor. It’s not even bad cold the next day. New York and Chicago willContinue reading “Artisan pizzas: fancy and fast, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

The best way to eat oatmeal for breakfast, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

I’m a breakfast lover! Big breakfasts, brunches, cold cereal, it doesn’t really matter to me. I NEED to have some breakfast in the morning to get my day going. My husband is the opposite. Give him two cups of coffee, and maybe a piece of fruit around 10:30, and he’ll be set until lunchtime. IContinue reading “The best way to eat oatmeal for breakfast, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Holy guacamole! Make perfect guac every time

About the time that I was old enough to start going to dinners at friends’ houses and was old enough to start asking what I should bring to said dinners, I started to get good at making a few key dishes that I could contribute to the party and be reliably duplicated. Though now I’mContinue reading “Holy guacamole! Make perfect guac every time”

Fast, “fancy” appetizers, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Appetizers are one of my favorite things. That is, perhaps, misleading. Appetizers in a restaurant are often, I feel, named incorrectly. For example, if you’re going to plow through 2,000 calories in beer battered cheese curds before your meal (and I’m not judging if this is you!), then you probably shouldn’t call that an “appetizer.”Continue reading “Fast, “fancy” appetizers, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Low country boil, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Recipe alert! A few weeks back, we made semi-spontaneous dinner plans with a couple of friends. After confirming a mutual time and that we would host at our house, I faced the age-old question, “what’s for dinner.” I proposed three options: pot of soup, roasted chicken, or a mystery pin that I had once savedContinue reading “Low country boil, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Friday night noodle bowls, kudos, and wine for your weekend

Fall weather is quickly settling in on the upper Midwest, and though I’ve fought the increasing urge to turn on the heat, I’m fully giving in to the desire for warm, fall comfort foods. I love soups year round, but there’s something about sipping warm broth when it’s 90 degrees and humid outside that’s farContinue reading “Friday night noodle bowls, kudos, and wine for your weekend”

Eat your veggies! Roasted brussel sprouts with bacon and bleu cheese

My garden became a bit of an experiment in natural selection this year. After leaving it unattended for two and a half weeks while we were in Europe, we returned to a bit of a wild America situation. True, the patch next to the garage used to be overrun with weeds and wild grape vines,Continue reading “Eat your veggies! Roasted brussel sprouts with bacon and bleu cheese”

I’m pretty sure I’m the last person on the planet to use this kitchen hack, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Scour the internet, and you’ll find a lot of “life hacks.” Some are simple, clever, and/or brilliant. For example, it really does work to hold a matchstick in your teeth when cutting onions to keep yourself from crying. (This life hack went viral after the movie The Help referenced it on the big screen. Consequently, wearing contactContinue reading “I’m pretty sure I’m the last person on the planet to use this kitchen hack, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”