Decadence!

lunch in a pumpkin

Every autumn my friend Bonnie would feature “Lunch in a Pumpkin,” at her tearoom, “Tale of Two Sisters,” here in Red Wing Minnesota. I use to work there and I so miss that place! The old house on West 7th street still speaks to me as I pass by every day on my morning walk.…

coffee roast {classic and easy crock pot versions}

This is one of the best recipes for roast that I’ve ever made. The original recipe was a little simpler and didn’t include red wine. This could be considered comfort food, but it’s definitely elegant enough to serve for special dinners. It’s fantastic with mashed horseradish potatoes, or parsnip puree and a salad made of…

{jerabek’s bohemian coffeehouse} baked apple donuts

“These are unlike any doughnut you’ve ever eaten. Actually, they’re muffins from Jerabek’s New Bohemian Coffeehouse and Bakery in Saint Paul. The center of the apple-cinnamon delight sinks, giving it a doughnut look. We thought they tasted a little like funnel cake.” ~Midwest Living Magazine, October 2006 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon…

Northern Lights Apple Pie

“You can’t have Thanksgiving without turkey. That’s like Fourth of July without apple pie, or Friday with no two pizzas.” Joey from the television show Friends After spending a lovely afternoon at our new favorite orchard in Prescott Wisconsin, I decided to make an apple pie using Northern Lights apples. These apples are not too…

Grilled Pizza

“I’m having a relationship with my pizza!” ~Julia Roberts playing Elizabeth Gilbert in the movie “Eat Pray Love” Hello friends! This entry has taken most of the summer for me to write, because Jeff and I had never grilled pizza before this past June. On one of my facebook posts awhile back, I asked the…

maple pork roast

photograph by Melissa Placzek “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  ~Albert Camus This is so simple to make, yet so delicious I’ve made it several times for Christmas dinner. ~Maple Pork Roast~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine: 1 cup real maple syrup 1/4 cup Dijon…

african peanut soup with parmesan crouton

This is a favorite meal in our house. When the pot of soup in the fridge starts getting low, Jeff has been known to start stockpiling it in the back of the freezer with his name written on the freezer bags in bold letters. 😉 ~African Peanut Soup~ In the bowl of a food processor,…

jack daniel’s apple bacon chicken

I was in the mood for chicken with a sweet apple topping the other night and came up with this dish. I think it turned out really good. It seems like a perfect recipe for welcoming Autumn, and I think it would be a great company dinner. ~Autumn Apple Bacon Chicken~ 4 boneless, skinless chicken…

Orange Cake

This recipe for orange cake was inspired by a favorite poem of mine by Cathy Song called “The White Porch.” ~Orange Cake~ 1 (18 oz) box yellow cake mix 1 (3 oz) package  instant lemon pudding mix 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1/2 cup canola oil 4 eggs 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 teaspoon…

Venetian Baked Tomatoes

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” ~Truman Capote These make a nice first course or side dish. ~Venetian Baked Tomatoes~ 8 medium, round tomatoes 5 slices crustless bread, cubed 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. salt 1 egg, beaten 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tsp. onion…