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…

Chimichurri

My herb garden has exploded, and I need to make use of it. I’ve been searching for new ideas that aren’t boring, which is harder than it sounds. Nothing tastes better than a grilled steak on a summer night, but it’s better with a fresh and easy chimichurri spooned over top. Add a crusty piece…

Everyday White Rice

This is a great side dish when you want something quick to go with dinner. While we don’t eat much white rice in our house, there are a lot of good memories. My dad taught me how to make rice when I was growing up. I remember one night he made the best rice i…

Cherry-Tarragon Lemonade Cooler

This summer I’ve been eating more cherries than ever before. While I was not a cherry lover growing up, I don’t recall having fresh ones. At one time I loved maraschino cherries more than anything in the world, but after eating nearly a whole jar at about 8 years old, the love affair was over….

Mussels alla Diavola

I recently went to the allergist to find out exactly what shellfish I had to stay away from, and I got easily some of the best news of my life: I can eat anything but shrimp, lobster and crab. Since I’ve never had anything but shrimp, I’m on a mission to try it all. So…

Vacation Martini

My parents came to stay with us in Milwaukee because their flight to Mexico left very early in the morning. We were happy to have them for the night, but after they left I couldn’t help but wish I had just hopped a plane to somewhere tropical. The fresh fruit citrus juices are just like…

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