restaurant review

extra thick special-k bars + a walk down memory lane


Have you ever had Special-K Bars? Not to be confused with Scotcharoos… these are totally awesome and, in my opinion, WAY better. The first time I tried them was back in 1991 when my daughter Andie was just a baby. There was a sweet little deli in White Bear Lake which is where we lived…

chewy oatmeal date bars {gluten free}


Whenever we visit The Good Earth restaurant I like to indulge by treating myself to one of their ooey gooey oatmeal date bars. They’re buttery, rich, slightly crunchy on the outside and they have a thick layer of sweet, date filling in the middle. My goal in creating this recipe was to duplicate the texture…

scenes from the past few weeks


We’ve been patiently anticipating warm weather, and slowly but surely it is bound to arrive. It just has to. In the mean time we’ve been pre-spring cleaning and relishing the comforts of the fireplace, and quilts, and hearty, warm foods like stews, casseroles and baked stuff. We’ve gone out on little weekend jaunts and enjoyed…

scenes from the past couple weeks


curious kittens taking baking lessons… flaky sweet rolls for a cozy breakfast on a snowy morning… and French press Rose Espresso from my friends Dan and Judy over at Coffee on the Porch in Camden Maine (thanks, friends!)… sleepy kittens and comfy quilts… a delicious out to lunch date of char grilled strip steak and…

scenes from the last week


I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with my darling daughter Andrea at Sakura Sushi Bar here in Red Wing… nigiri, Cali rolls, sashimi, crab rangoon and orange chicken… YUM! Really great Japanese fare and super fresh sushi…if you’re in the area, give it a try ~ I am still savoring each and every page of the…

scenes from the last couple weeks


sugary snow-frosted boots, yards and rooftops ~ mildly flavored and chilled eldreflower water for a late afternoon tea party with friends ~ pine needles and the last remnants of the Christmas season ~ a lovely new pinto grigio, dinner at Chipotle, hard pear cider, hummus & munchables, limoncello cake, carrot cake and Earl Grey while…

scenes from the past couple weeks


an autumn art festival, a riverside farmer’s market, “hoof & snout” (beef and pork) sandwiches and wild rice meatball sliders from the meathead’s food stand for lunch, a brass band playing in a courtyard, trains stopping and going at the train station in levee park, red wing all decked out for fall…corn stalks and pumpkins…

gasthaus bavarian hunter


German tossed salad with pickled beets & green beans German BLT (aka schnitzel sandwich) Jagerschnitzel with spatzle & purple cabbage kraut potato dumplings Bavarian Burger & Pommes Frites Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter’s Black Forest Cake We spent a memorable day in Stillwater yesterday. It was misty and cool and just the kind of day when you…

creamy bbq ranch dressing


I’m baking a Swedish Apple Pie this weekend. Not just any Swedish Apple Pie THE Swedish Apple Pie. This is quintessential trip-to-the-apple-orchard fare. I’m excited to cook with Macouns and sour cream and that crumbly, buttery topping….OH MY. Well just make one and see. Soon you will see why I call this the best apple…