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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…

Linguine & Clams

“Life is too short, and I’m Italian. I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.” ~Sophia Bush This is one of those recipes that I can’t make very often because no matter what else is in the fridge, if it’s competing with leftover linguini and clams, it doesn’t have a…

bruschetta

“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; and garlic makes it good.” ~Alice May Brock Bruschetta– 8 to 10 ripe Roma tomatoes, chopped into bite size chunks (or two pints cherry/grape tomatoes, cut into…

3 Easy Peasy Recipes

“I don’t like gourmet cooking or “this” cooking or “that” cooking. I like good cooking.” ~James Beard I’ve been saving these little recipes for quite some time so I could eventually share them with you. Every day I kind of flip past them when I’m paging through the eight bazillion ideas I have on my…

Potatoes Anna

  “My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.”~Oprah Winfrey I was flipping through Julia Child’s “The French Chef Cookbook,” and came across this recipe for Potatoes Anna. I have made this dish several times, but this recipe is the best. It calls for an oven set…

Tequilaberry’s Salad

“It’s certain that fine women eat a crazy salad with their meat.” ~Yeats My friend Sherida shared this recipe with me years ago when Tequilaberry’s was still open. It was a great restaurant  located in Coon Rapid’s Minnesota. They were known for their prime rib and this spectacular salad. They have sadly closed their doors,…