Spa Cuisine Recipes

oven roasted strawberry-vanilla vinaigrette


It’s been an interesting week in my kitchen to say the very least. After my little outing with my friend Nancy on Tuesday I returned home to find out that our refrigerator wasn’t working. Ugh. This same thing happened last year during one of the hot, summer months (right after we went grocery shopping, of…

mango key lime salsa


Today my friend Nancy and I discovered a new hiking path, here in Red Wing, called Sand Hill Trail. It meanders around this little sandstone bluff and it was the perfect destination for a picnic. We packed up our picnic basket with leftovers from Easter and headed out. I love days that start with an…

lemon chicken sunflower crunch wrap


It’s still not quite what I’d call “spring” weather here in the Mississippi River valley, but it’s consistently been in the mid 30s to mid 40s which is considerably better that below zero or 8 degrees, so I’ll take what I can get. I’ve been longing for sunshine and gardening and more dinners on the…

shrimp fajitas with gypsy carrots


I spent the day shopping in little antique stores, thrift shops and my favorite used book store. It was so nice to venture out on my own, walk around our beautiful downtown, treat myself to a green tea at the bakery coffee shop, and just browse. I bought some pretty pieces of china to add…

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…

fresh cottage garden pea soup


We had such an amazing weekend. I’m so happy that spring is finally here and we can walk around outside without big jackets, boots, mittens, scarves and hats. Everything feels light and fresh and dewy. Soon the trees will be budding and the grass will turn green and I’ll be thinking about planting my herb…

bananas foster buckwheat belgian waffles {gluten free}


Here’s a fantastic, filling, high protein waffle recipe that is also gluten free. It’s quite a bit healthier than the typical Belgian waffle, but there is a lot of sugar in the bananas foster topping. If you’d like to substitute agave for the brown sugar, you sure can. Some people say that blue agave nectar…

original thousand island salad dressing


Most of you who visit me regularly know that I’ve been compiling a collection of homemade salad dressings over the last couple years. This collection now boasts 42 healthy homemade dressings, this being the 42nd. The collection is quite popular, and everyone who tries the dressings seem to love them and pass the link to…

whiskey shrimp & coca cola rice


Gracie has been on spring break since Wednesday and we’ve been enjoying some lazy days here in the Placzek household. She crocheted an adorable teacup cozy in Rastafarian colors. (I’ll share pics on Sunday in my “scenes” post.) I’ve been playing with all sorts of beachy colored, cotton yarn. I’m making place mats and napkins…