Cucumber, Basil & Gin Cocktail – 2 ways

For those in Wisconsin, this summer has been pathetic. It’s already August and there have only been a handful of days that make you so hot, the only thing you wish you had was an ice-cold drink. Well, to make up for mother nature’s shortcomings, I’ve starting enjoying those ice-cold refreshers anyway. Here’s an easy…

Italian Oil-Packed Tuna & Cannellini Bean Salad

Whether you’re looking for a light summer dinner, or a taste of summer in the relentlessness of this harsh winter, this is a MUST eat. I found myself on Brady Street at the end of the day, just blocks from Glorioso’s, which Milwaukeeans know as the fantastic Italian grocer. Armed with my iPhone, I grabbed…

Mushroom Risotto

The first time I tried this risotto I was skeptical – very skeptical. How could you get mushroom flavor without dried porchinis or without browning the fresh mushrooms? Why does it seem like too much alcohol and not enough stock? I decided to throw caution to the wind and make only quantity changes, rather than…

Spicy Tofu Stir Fry with Brown Rice

This recipe was adapted from epicurious; the original was desperately bland. After many attempts and tweaking, we’ve perfected it. Plus, with a little prep work on Sunday, this can be on the table and ready to eat in less than 30 minutes. Spicy Tofu Stir Fry with Brown Rice 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 2 c….

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)….

Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Quinoa

This breakfast quinoa was born out out necessity – I had to address my greek yogurt addiction in the mornings. I love that it has so much protein, but I needed to control the amount of sugar. I tried plain and adding my toppings, but then I would add way too much honey (not because…

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…

Toasted Garlic & Rosemary White Bean Dip

This was born in the moments before a Packer game when a plan when horribly wrong. Intending to make a hot cheesy dip with ricotta, my ricotta was moldy. Argh. So I put a can of Cannellini beans to use. This dip is easy and flavorful – it goes best with a good loaf of…

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…

Herbed Quinoa

In an effort to use my herbs from the garden, I’ve come up with this simple side dish that is light and brightly flavored. You could use any combination of herbs you have – here’s the selection I chose. Herbed Quinoa 1-1/2 c quinoa, rinsed 2 c chicken stock 1 c water 1 medium yellow…

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