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polish cinnamon babka

Okay, when you hear the word “babka,” what immediately pops into your head? Uh huh. The Seinfeld episode with the babka. For me it’s the same with marble rye and Twix candy bars. And most kinds of soup too, for that matter.  Who can eat a bowl of crab bisque or mulligatawny without thinking about…

neiman marcus chocolate chip cookies

Have you heard the urban legend about the Neiman Marcus Cookie recipe? It’s funny. It’s actually the reason I decided to try these cookies. Turns out, they’re exquisite. preheat oven to 300 degrees F. yield: 2 dozen 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 1  tightly packed cup light brown sugar 3 Tablespoons sugar 1 large egg…

applewood smoked jack daniels barbecue beef

Busy, busy days in the kitchen. We’ve been cooking, grilling and taking photos. I meant to post this yesterday, but somehow the day got away from me. This is a very unique, delicious barbequed beef recipe that my hubby Jeff invented. I’ve never heard of  bbq sauce being prepared this way before, but it’s completely…

barbecue balsamic grilled pork chops

We are soooo enjoying summer. I am in love with the herb garden and heirloom tomatoes we’ve planted this year. We’ve been grilling pretty much non-stop… We’re heading out to Dressen’s this weekend . It’s such a fun little bike ride out there on the Pioneer trail. A great place to enjoy a burger and…

scenes from st. pat’s 2013

It’s been a weekend of movie watching, lounging around the house in our pajamas,  book reading, bread baking, going out to breakfast at our favorite cafe, dreaming about the house remodel and our garden plans, creating on canvases, taking photos, Shamrock Shake eating, shoe painting (Gracie’s “Galaxy Shoes pictured above…she made them following THIS Youtube…

tortellini toss

Here’s a delicious, easy comfort food dish that is fancy enough for company, makes a great side dish, and is totally craveable. I love to pick up the ready-made tortellini in the refrigerated section of our grocery store. It only takes minutes to prepare and it’s a great “canvas” for anything you might want to…

vanilla dream divinity candy

I woke up thinking about spending the day in the kitchen, baking our favorite Christmas treats, and that’s exactly what I did. I started with the dough for Swedish pepperkakor which is still chilling in the refrigerator. I moved on to Snowballs (Russian Tea Cakes with chocolate kisses in the center…and snickerdoodles with Rolos in…

cozy weekend brunch bake

It’s a winter wonderland in the Mississippi River Valley today… So far we’ve gotten nine inches of snow, and it’s still coming down steadily. Big, white, puffy flakes. The snow plows are working over time, and we’re all snuggled in after a little lunch outing an a trip to the market. We’re going to watch…

snowkissed ~ a six senses post

tasting ~ tea, hot buttered rum and wine seeing ~ snow kissed things, new Italian glass and English teacups from a recent antiquing excursion, Christmas decor, twinkling lights feeling ~brisk breezes as we walk up to the corner market for ingredients for making dinner…. warmth from the fireplace, contentment in my heart, generosity of spirit…