restaurant review

spring gallery ~ a scenes post

springyellowflowers

Jeff, the girlies and I took a stroll downtown to have dinner at a local pub on Friday night ~ PB&J chicken wings, chicken & Swiss sandwiches on Asiago bread, sweet potato fries, cheeseburgers, deep fried pickles, and Cape Cods. I spent the day with a dear friend last week, we opted to get out…

a scenes post

cvt1

We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at home and I was busy in the kitchen all day the day before, cooking up new recipes and old favorites. My daughter, Andie, took the day off so we could just hang out, eat, have a few pints of Guinness, and enjoy each others’ company. I’ve been thinking about…

a scenes post

jeffpourvino

Two weeks ago we spent a lazy weekend at home. It consisted of lots of naps in front of the fireplace, reading THIS (which was one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever had the privilege of reading), watching reruns of Parks and Recreation and The Office. It was so darn cold all weekend!…

a scenes post ~ holiday time

gracejeffstroll

The day after Thanksgiving is always the lovely Holiday Stroll here in Red Wing Minnesota. They have it all: live reindeer and penguins, strolling carolers, fun and refreshments in all the downtown shops, a live nativity, a showing of A Christmas Story at the Sheldon Theatre, a fire dancer (our dear friend, Cassandra), food trucks…

a scenes post

chapatifood

A couple days ago I realized that it’s suddenly cold outside. I could smell snowflakes and I remember briefly thinking to myself that it wouldn’t be too long now. We were spoiled with a long, warm, beautiful autumn here in Minnesota this year, so I was still a little surprised by the light dusting of…

the original lowell inn cucumber tea sandwiches

lowellinncukesam

I’ve been a long time fan of the historic Lowell Inn located in downtown Stillwater Minnesota. Although I haven’t visited in years, and the place has changed hands since I last enjoyed tea there, I have many fond memories. I understand that these delicious tea sandwiches are not still a part of their afternoon tea…

serendipity’s country meatloaf + gravy

serendipitymeatloaf

You can never have too many awesome meatloaf recipes. There are so many different varieties, flavors, meats and gravies to choose from. The possibilities are endless! Here’s one that hails from a famous New York institution called Serendipity 3. Serendipity 3 is located on the Upper East Side close to Bloomingdale’s. Their ice cream parlor…

bergdorf goodman’s gotham salad

bergdorfsalad

This recipe is inspired by the original Bergdorf Goodman’s Gotham Salad that’s served at BG’s restaurant, a fantastic lunch spot in New York with views of Central Park. This salad is a long time favorite of all who’ve enjoyed it. I love making it in my own home for dinner guests. I mix mine all…

scenes from the past few weeks

jeanacresbarn

A farewell party for my dear friend, Josh at the gorgeous Jean Acres Farm in Ellsworth Wisconsin. It was such a pretty venue, and the night was perfect for a party in the country. The farewell was bittersweet. Miss him already. We celebrated my birthday at The Smack Shack Restaurant where I had the giant…