Let me share my adventures and stories in hopes to inspire you.

I remember when I was a lot younger that I thought any gift that I received should not be something for the kitchen. I have no idea where that thought came from because I love to cook and entertain so that type of gift is a logical one for me. Here are my favorite gift […]

November 22, 2022

Holiday Gift Guide

Oh Bologna! I blame Stanley Tucci for my desire to visit the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, this includes the largest city, Bologna. We have a trip planned for Tuscany in the fall of 2023 (rescheduled from 2020) so that is when I thought I would first make it to Italy. Thankfully, I was wrong. I […]

November 19, 2022

Bologna, Italy. An incredible food paradise!

It’s that time a year again. Time to talk turkey. If you are hosting Thanksgiving, you are probably in the midst of planning your menus, writing your grocery list and thinking about how you want to style your table. Below I will share my tips, tricks and go-to ideas to help create a stress-free holiday. […]

November 11, 2022

Let’s Talk Turkey

What do you mean everything but the kitchen sink hot dish? I needed to clean out my veggie drawer before we were leaving for a few days so I put everything but the kitchen sink into this dish and it was killer! What the heck is hot dish? Hot dish is something from my childhood […]

November 10, 2022

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Hot Dish

If you are looking for a dinner party recipe that is also a comfort food look no further. Ma! The Meatloaf! I love meatloaf of all kinds. One of my favorite lines from the movie “Wedding Crashers” is when Will Farrell yells to his mom – “Ma, the meatloaf”. I don’t know why but it […]

November 10, 2022

Veal and Mushroom Meatloaf

I am only going to take carry on bags for 10 days and no, I am not crazy Packing can be such a daunting task. You’re excited to go on your trip, no doubt. Most of the time but the thought of getting everything you need in one or two suitcases is overwhelming to say […]

October 27, 2022

Packing for Italy

Slow cooked braised meats are my favorite The smell of meat being braised, low and slow, is one of my favorite scents in my home. It usually means it is a Sunday and we are being total home bodies for the day. Short ribs is one of my favorite cuts of beef. When seasoned and […]

October 25, 2022

Short Ribs with Poblano Chilies and Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Not just another salad Let’s face it salad can be boring. I love all of the vegetables that are in salad, but prefer most of my veggies cooked. Do you want to make another salad? This fall slaw has changed my point of view. I love shredded brussels sprouts in a salad and you combine […]

October 25, 2022

Fall Slaw with Dried Cherries and Pepitas

Fall exploding in your mouth I love working with pork, especially in the fall. It can be intimidating to some but I think it stems from the leather over cooked pork of our youth. Pork, to me, is as versatile as chicken but with the texture of beef. It can take on the flavor of […]

October 24, 2022

Pork Ribeye with Dijon Hummus and Shaved Fennel, Pickled Okra and Dill Salad

My love of French Onion Soup goes back to the 80’s My family and I moved from Watertown, South Dakota to New England when I was a sophomore in high school. My dad transferred jobs and needless to say, I was a total fish out of water. My sophomore year we spent on the far […]

October 21, 2022

French Onion Soup – Oui, oui