cream sherry sesame vinaigrette


Whoa! It’s hot outside today. I SO appreciate no-cook recipes, crock pot recipes and recipes for the grill on days like this. Here’s a wonderfully versatile vinaigrette I created that is yummy on salads, grilled vegetables and oven-roasted root veggies. It’s easy to prepare and will last in your refrigerator for a week. In a…

hawaiian cold ginger chicken plate lunch {in a jar}


Looking for a wonderful, filling, healthy lunch that you can take with you? I made up a few of these this past Sunday for our picnic at the local swimming hole and they were a hit! They’re easy to prepare and the perfect, satisfying meal after a long swim in the great outdoors. I adapted…

restaurant style salsa


I love the fresh, warm, homemade tortilla chips served at our favorite local Mexican restaurant… and when they bring out the bowls of freshly made salsa… oh MY! One of my favorite treats. Here’s a delicious recipe for restaurant-style salsa that is soooo good, and easy to make! Now you can enjoy the flavors of…

scenes from the past week


There was a three year time span while I was growing up when my parents rented a big, rambling, old-school farm house in northern Minnesota. It was ancient and gorgeous and sat on an acre of land, surrounded by towering pine trees. My mom planted an enormous garden in our back yard during those summers.…

the ultimate chocolate chip zucchini muffins {gluten free}


It’s another hot, steamy day out there today. We went for a hike on the Cannon Valley trail and then had some lunch at the Red Wing Brewery. BEST. PIZZA. EVER! Now we’re relaxing in the AC, sipping wine and planning tomorrow’s outing. Maiden Rock Swimming Hole here we come! Tonight we’re grilling up some…