magic “crazy crust” apple pie


This is a recipe that my grandma gave me years ago when I moved away from home. I remember making it every year during apple season, after our annual jaunt to the local apple orchard. First, in the little kitchen in my college dorm and later in the galley kitchen of my first “real” apartment.…

thai peanut chicken noodle jar


This past summer was definitely the summer of “jar” picnics. We enjoyed quite a few! As summer turns to Autumn, we’re still taking salads and meals in jars wherever we go. This is my latest creation. for 4 thai peanut noodle jars: 4 cups whole grain spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package and chilled 2…

{better than d’amico’s} cherry turkey pasta salad


This is by far one of the best pasta salads I’ve ever made. It’s full of delicious flavors and interesting textures. It’s very versatile too. You can certainly substitute chicken for the turkey, craisins for the dried cherries, and sugar for the honey. for the salad: 1 lb. rotini pasta (or bowtie pasta), cooked according…

the mama mia burger


Okay, you have to prepare yourself for this one. It’s truly magnificent and reminiscent of what my Italian grandma, Darling, calls a “Hot Dago Sandwich.” If you like meatballs, and you LOVE Italian, you’re going to go bonkers over this burger. serves 3 to 4 people 1 loaf crusty Italian bread, cut into thick slices…

scenes from the past couple weeks


::: Maiden Rock Apple Orchard, Winery & Cidery ::: Maiden Rock Cidery’s Honeycrisp Hard Cider Ellsworth’s ranch cheese curds ::: a day in Uptown Minneapolis ::: lunch at Pizza Luce… greek salad veggie slice with bianca sauce a little spice shopping at Penzey’s clothes shopping at Urban Outfitters knitted cozies for sign posts! a glass…