Book Review

ten grain yogurt quick bread


  I thought about my friend Sonali’s awesome Greek yogurt cookbook today as I played with whole grain bread flour and yogurt in my kitchen. It’s called “The Greek Yogurt Diet,” and it will be available for purchase on April 29th! She kindly asked me to contribute several of my recipes containing greek yogurt and…

tasha tudor’s corgi cottage soup


“I love to make soup and can say with pride that I am famous for it. This is a real winter standby if you live in a cold climate. I make a large iron potful at least once a week, either on the wood stove or over the fire, which burns all winter.” ~Tasha Tudor…

scenes from the last couple weeks


I have to say, the weeks surrounding the holidays and the new year were challenging for me. I wasn’t feeling well and ended up in the doctor’s office two days before Christmas. I had blood work done and even a chest x-ray and had to take an antibiotic for the first time in about 5…

breakfast bread


Another snow day and another fun day spent with my girls. Andie brought the Princesses over again today, and we all munched on malted milk waffles (recipe coming soon!) for breakfast… and THIS salad for lunch (with a few renditions…even the little ones liked it!) We vegged out, had tea, and binge-watched programs on the…

a six senses post


seeing ~ beautiful, fresh flowers growing all over Red Wing, spilling from the many gardens and hanging baskets that adorn our pretty town…lovely stalls of baked goods, flowers, jams, jellies, pickles, and other delights at the Red Wing Farmer’s Market…best friends…THIS BOOK…antiques and thrift store finds…ferns, herbs, lilies and hostas flourishing after all of the…

gooseberry patch tearoom chicken salad


The sun is finally shining in the Mississippi river valley. We spent the morning at Dunn Brother’s coffee shop while Jeff was doing a photo shoot. Now we’re hanging out on the deck, doing a little summer reading, lounging at the umbrella table and napping on the hammock. We’re looking forward to another blufftop picnic…

scenes from the last week


Jeff made awesome crispy chicken salads for dinner a day to myself : candles THIS MOVIE, needlework, iced tea, and garlic bread pizza lilacs blooming all over Red Wing…. we’re planting 8 lilac bushes this year! Gracie sporting her new “Moustache Shades.” while sipping tea… the “incredibly disappearing” strawberry rhubarb crisp… thanks for the rhubarb,…

county fair bread


This is a recipe adapted from James Beard’s book, Beard on Bread. I love his description… “When well made, this slightly sweet braided loaf looks exactly as if it would win first prize at the fair…. This is a nice bread to give as a holiday present.” ~James Beard 5 to 5 and 1/2 cups…

carnegie chocolate chip brownies


We’ve been celebrating chocolate with a Chocolat Garden Party over on my facebook page this week. It was inspired by the garden party scene on Vianne’s patio.  Oh my goodness! So many wonderful recipes, so little time. I’m having lots of fun hosting these little parties, networking and getting to know new page owners. We’ve…

salem chop suey sandwiches


A few days ago I asked my facebook readers if they had ever created a dish that was inspired by a book they had read. I find that I do this often, and decided to start documenting my literary food adventures…beginning with these Chop Suey Sandwiches. When I was vacationing on Lake Superior’s north shore…