The Perfect Hot Chocolate

It’s tradition for Todd and I to take this hot chocolate with us when we go to Candy Cane Lane just before Christmas every year. For those not in Milwaukee, Candy Cane Lane is a neighborhood that all decorates their houses and people drive through to look at the lights. This hot chocolate has gone…

Lemon Verbena Shortbread

In an effort to use up my herbs before the frost hits and the season is over, I wanted a lemon verbena alternative to pound cake. While these shortbread cookies are about as close to pound cake as you can get – tons of butter – they are a nice shareable and snackable alternative. Not…

Lemon Verbena Pound Cake

Every year I plant an herb garden in several pots at our house. There’s always basil, thyme, sage, chives and tarragon. But this year I decided to plant lemon verbena because it reminds me of staying at my Aunt Chris and Uncle Mark’s organic farm in the summer. Aunt Chis always had huge lemon verbena…

Apple Crisp

For one reason or another, I have an aversion to the taste of raw flour in my desserts, which has lead me to avoid almost all fruit desserts. The most common thickener for the juice released during the cooking process of fruit pies and fruit crisps is some flour mixed in with the fruit, and I…

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…

Dinner in New Orleans

Commander’s Palace – 4 courses with a beautiful view, shortbreads, salad, trout, and bananas foster. I’m in love.

Be My Valentine?

So, I’m not entirely sold on the concept of Valentine’s Day. The origins seem strange, I usually conjure up images of the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago, and I generally believe it is a Hallmark holiday. On that note, whether you’re making food for one person or two, here’s a delightful English dessert: Eton Mess…

Monkey Bread

My Mom made money bread when I was in high school on Sunday mornings. My sister and I had never heard of it until one evening when we were making dinner. My Dad started to go on and on about “monkey bread” and how Mom used to make it all the time when they started…

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