Better Minestrone

Minestrone soup was one of the first recipes from the early days of this blog. After forgetting about minestrone for a long time, I wanted to bring it back into rotation but with more satisfying flavor. This version has more depth of flavor and less ingredients, because, let’s be honest, not every dish on a…

Brined Chicken

Brining chicken before you grill it – especially on a charcoal grill – makes all the difference in the world. It makes so much of a difference that my 5 year old niece declared it the best chicken ever, and that she would eat it all herself. To her credit, she had thirds, and she…

Greek Brown Rice Salad

Although we’ve cut a lot of gluten out of our diets in the last two years, I’ve never been willing to take it further – until now. The hardest part for me is the loss of pasta and bread in particular – mostly because I rely on pasta for comfort and sandwiches for lunch (everyday)….

Apple, Fennel, & Celery Slaw

This slaw is great for picnics because it’s mayo-free, and pairs perfectly with meats that take a long time on the grill – like ribs or barbecued chicken. Maybe best of all, it doesn’t even require heat, which will keep your kitchen cool on long summer days. Make sure to let this one sit in…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Capers and Anchovies

This recipe is adapted from the Thanksgiving issue of Food & Wine magazine – Chef Michael Symon did a special spread. When Todd saw this – being a Brussels sprouts fanatic – we went to the store to get the ingredients. As one who enjoys Brussles Sprouts, this recipe made me LOVE them. We did…

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Every so often you come across a recipe that blows your mind. This is one of those – the most amazing cookies; and they don’t even have semi-sweet chocolate (which is usually a requirement for me).  So when you make these cookies – and you should – be careful: may eat the whole batch in…

CAUTION: Green beer gives you a green tongue.

Also, please be aware that green beer makes you as drunk as every other kind. In the spirit of safety, here’s a friendly reminder to take a cab home this evening. As for me, I will be in the sober comfort of my own home participating in a cleanse that forbids alcohol consumption. In appreciation…

Fig and Prosciutto Salad

Dear Fresh Figs: You are amazing. I am so sorry that Fig Newtons gave you a bad rap, and I will do everything I can to restore your reputation. Love, Leah I realize that you may question my sanity for writing a letter to figs, but I can assure you that I am slightly off….

Bliss Can Be an Heirloom Tomato

I am almost ashamed to admit that this Saturday I went to my first farmer’s market in Milwaukee. I KNOW – it’s sick and wrong. Me – the girl who grew up on my honorary aunt and uncle’s organic farm – Creekside Farm – during the summer, spending Saturday mornings peddling fruits, veggies, and flowers at…

Even more things to do with PESTO

I appreciate that, given my infrequent posting, some may be tiring of the fact that nearly everything I post involves pesto. BUT I have found a new use . . . or a combination of other recipes. It is summer after all.* So, what do you get when you cross a pizza withPesto Pea Salad? Yummy,…

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