Decadence!

Leisa’s BLT Wrap

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” ~Doug Larson A new twist on the classic BLT! 4 large ‘wraps’ or flour tortillas 1/4 cup real mayonnaise 4 large romaine lettuce leaves 2 avocados, chopped thin slices of red or green onion 1 lb. good quality applewood…

Risotto Fritters

“Noncooks think it’s silly to invest two hours’ work in two minutes’ enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet.” ~Julia Child I made risotto for the first time a few nights ago. Before this I could never really understand what all the fuss over making risotto was about. I’d had it in…

Pan Fried Provolone Chicken Cutlets with Milk Gravy

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”  ~Luciano Pavarotti Pan Fried Provolone Chicken Cutlets with Milk Gravy This will either have to be cooked in two separate batches, or two separate skillets. 3 large chicken…

Firecracker Sweet Potato Wedges & Cajun Dip

“… brings to mind a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town.” ~Diane Ackerman This isn’t your every day sweet potato recipe. These little wedges are sweet and spicy and flavorful. Perfect with grilled steak or pork chops, or as an appetizer. The dipping sauce is…

Rainy Day Rituals

Yesterday I woke up to the sound of thunder, and from the looks of it we’re in for another rainy day here in Minnesota. This sudden influx of blustery weather got me thinking about rainy day rituals. I love rainy days every once in awhile. I get up and make a big pot of French…

Cara Cara Orange Glazed Chicken

“Orange is the happiest color” ~Frank Sinatra This chicken turned out so tender and juicy on the inside with a caramelized sticky tangy-sweet crust, I just couldn’t keep this recipe to myself. I used Cara Cara oranges which I think make the sauce on this chicken extra special. Cara Cara oranges are navel oranges that…

Lemon Bars

“Knowest thou the land where the lemon trees bloom, where gold orange glows in the deep thicket’s gloom, where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows, and the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose?” ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe These are the best lemon bars I’ve ever made. They’re adapted from Ina…

Serendipity, Tea and Me

“I don’t drink coffee, I take tea my dear.” ~Sting If I told you about all of my adventures in tea I could absolutely write my own book…maybe two. I’ve already given you a little history in my blog entitled “The Mysteries of Tea.” How I just ‘happened’ to buy my first home a block…

Rhubarb Custard Cake

While working at the ‘Tale of Two Sisters Tearoom’ here in Red Wing Minnesota, I learned about a wonderful recipe for using up some of that rhubarb that is starting to take over in your garden. It is so wonderful that after partaking you may dream about it and have it for breakfast the next…