a meat-less asian saute – gone totally right

Well, hello there! I’ve been gone for a while. Still cooking like crazy, but most posts have remained in the drafts folder. I’m hoping to get a few quiet moments more regularly, but most days, it’s just pure busy around the house. Wake up, get ready, work, leave work, pickup kids, do the homework/dinner scramble, … Continue reading

tastes of spring and summer in january

During the coldest month of the year, I often long for spring and summer, and the tastes that come with the seasons. This recipe makes me smile because growing up, we had a constant debate over which was better. Strawberry shortcake or angel food cake with strawberries. My dad preferred the strawberry shortcake (or the … Continue reading

black bottom cupcakes

Love these cupcakes!  And, so do the kids.  So rich and decadent.  The chocolate pairs perfectly with the cheesecake-like centers.  And chocolate frosting tops it off.  Enjoy! Black Bottom Cupcakes Adapted from Taste of Home FILLING: 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup sugar 1 egg 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 cup (6 ounces) … Continue reading

puzzles and pancakes in our pajamas

Lazy Saturday mornings are the BEST! We usually brew an extra-large pot of coffee, hang out in our pj’s and lounge. And, sometimes, we don’t get out of our pajamas until late afternoon! We finished two large puzzles over the holidays.  A 500-piece puzzle of Santa Claus and a 750-piece puzzle of Rockefeller Center decorated for the … Continue reading

elegance absent and dessert (or breakfast)

I love to cook and be in the kitchen, but I have to admit… I am not an elegant cook or baker. (Ina Garten is my personal favorite.) (And yes, she probably has a supportive team behind the scenes helping to make sure everything looks just right for the camera.) You know the kind. So … Continue reading

heirloom tomato summer salad

I’ve had such great luck with my two patio heirloom tomato plants this summer.  A bounty of green zebras and beefsteaks have resulted in many sliced tomatoes generously sprinkled with sea salt and cracked pepper, blt’s, homemade salsa, and this wonderful tomato salad. I was able to get an abundance of cherry tomatoes from a friend, … Continue reading

busy schedules, life and asian chicken

I’m back, after a much necessary break. Life happens, and so does the reality of busy schedules!  In early April, my family visited my sister Whitney, in Austin, Texas! Left Minneapolis at 6 am and drove straight through to Austin. 19+ hours in the car, all 6 of us! We had a blast! Lots of … Continue reading

mixed-berry dutch baby

A Dutch Baby pancake, a German pancake, a Bismarck or a Dutch puff – never mind what you call it, it’s a nice change from our regular Sunday morning pancake ritual. Interesting how the dutch baby puffs up and browns inside the cast iron skillet. Be careful not to peek inside the oven too many … Continue reading

kaiserschmarrn with peaches & blackberries

Anyone who knows me well, knows I have an intense love of any kind of fresh fruit. In fact, it’s very rare that I serve a meal without some sort of fruit. My favorites are the berries – strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries. Kaiserschmarrn. Traditionally prepared as an Austrian dessert, but also great for a lazy … Continue reading