Greek Style Chicken

Greek Chicken

Soups are no longer appealing as dinnertime choices since the weather in the midwest has been unseasonable warm and dry. The northeast part of the U.S. is preparing for the biggest snow storm ever and the midwest hasn’t received enough moisture to moisten a postage stamp. Soups, stews and braising aren’t as appealing when the temps are in the 60s and the dinner menu is becoming monotonous week by week.

Yes, even though we cook and develop recipes on a daily basis, there are still days when I just can’t figure out “What’s for Dinner” and nothing really sounds good. [Keep reading...]

Hot Corn Dip Recipe

Hot Corn Dip Photo

January is a great time to snuggle in. Build a fire, turn on the television, work on a puzzle or play a game and just enjoy family time.

Then, suddenly cabin fever hits and it seems it would be fun to plan a game night, movie night or watch a football game and invite some friends. (Yes, that super big football game will be here in a couple weeks and you have to plan something to serve while watching the game or critiquing the commercials.) [Keep reading...]

Beef Short Rib Ragu

Beef Short Rib Ragu

Recently I traveled to New York City with my cookbook book club. We rented an apartment, pretended we were in college once again and enjoyed many adventures in the city. As you might guess our days revolved around food and great restaurants, pastry shops, bakeries and kitchenware stores. We had so many great experiences that I hope to capture in the months to come and share with you.

One day that stands out in my mind, and one that I just can’t quite shake the memory of, was my lunch that I enjoyed at Eataly. I happened to be by myself before a business meeting and happened upon this food lovers mecca.

I decided to enjoy lunch and indeed it was quite an experience. [Keep reading...]

Bean and Bacon Soup

Bean and Bacon Soup Photo
It’s cold. Really cold. The holiday rush is over, the decorations are stored away and I want to cocoon.  When cold winds howl, who doesn’t want to stay in and keep warm? On some nights, for me, that means cooking from what I have on hand and not running to the grocery store. Do you ever feel that way?

The-Newlywed-CookbookEven though its super cold, I am excited about the New Year, for our new book, The Newlywed Cookbook, Cooking Happily Ever After is now on store shelves. (Roxanne announced it and popped the Champagne last week!) We are thrilled and are looking forward to cooking recipes from the book, teaching classes and sharing tips that help newlywed couples start a lifetime of great cooking. What to register for and how to use those items, plus recipes for quick dinners to special dishes that create wonderful meals together and build lifelong memories.

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Gougeres – Happy New Year

The Newlywed Cookbook

It is ever so hard to believe that we are ringing in a New Year already! 2015! Can you believe it? Let’s count on this year being the best yet and let's start counting our blessings, one by one. We have a blessing to announce today! Our … [Keep reading...]

Merry Christmas

  Merry Christmas to all! We want to thank our family, friends and loyal readers for supporting us this year.  May you have a wonderful Christmas with those you love. We truly do wish each and everyone of you a Merry … [Keep reading...]

Holiday Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Photo

The recipe was a hit and the most requested recipe after my party. No, it wasn’t the appetizers or desserts, it was a salad. What a surprise! My daughter enjoyed this Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad at a work gathering and shared the recipe with … [Keep reading...]

Cranberry Chocolate Christmas Cake

Cranberry Chocolate Cake

Holiday traditions run strong in our family. We have the favorites that we cling to each year and we always enjoy adding new traditions to our list. One dessert that surfaces each holiday is Cranberry Chocolate Cake. Now don’t panic when you see … [Keep reading...]

Southwest Appetizer Cheesecake Recipe

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‘Tis the season! I love everything the holidays has to offer—the sights, sounds, smells, and food combine with the joy, hope and love and make the season magical. But, let’s be real. All that joy creates a crazy, busy schedule. Yet no one wants … [Keep reading...]