Archives for November 2013

A Table of Thanks

When I was in my 20’s I discovered Sandra Lee, a celebrity chef and founder of Semi-Homemade, a concept and virtual empire which outlined the premise that anyone can entertain and decorate within their own budget of both time and money.  “Tablescapes” as Sandra refers to them, or beautiful themed table settings, are one of Continue Reading…

Cassoulet of Caring

A cassoulet is just the French word for casserole.  I just titled this post “Cassoulet of Caring” to be fancy, but the point is the same.  See, as  much as I love to cook, I can think of no better gift that having a hot meal delivered to me from a friend.  Food just tastes so good Continue Reading…

Personal Pot Pies

One of the best things I ever bought for use in my kitchen was a set of white ramekins.   I love the white because it really makes the colors of the food pop and they go with anything. There is something about serving food in individual containers that makes it extra special. One of my Continue Reading…

Sweet Dreams Bucket

My friend Dawn and I have been friends for 30 years.  We have known each other since before we went to school. I can’t tell you how many hours we used to run around the old neighborhood together, riding our bikes, running through sprinklers, and chasing the ice cream truck.  We wore a canal into Continue Reading…

How to Make an Amaretto Sour

I have some old friends that love to party.  We have been partying since back in the day, the first year that the show “American Idol” came out.   We all went to the concert together  that year in Salt Lake and got a little giddy at Shaggy’s Bar afterward. Back then it didn’t take much to get Continue Reading…

Five Ingredient Radiatore

I have learned an important lesson in life-add butter and cream to something and it instantly becomes divine.  (The same rule goes for bacon, but that topic is to be explored another day, because I can’t possibly fit all of my food passions into one post). This recipe is a five ingredient dinner (not counting water Continue Reading…

How to Make a Pirate Cake

Why is it that no matter how simple or embellished, a birthday cake is such an integral part of the beginning of an age?  It is a beloved right of passage in the form of a sweet confection that is so cherished by its recipient. I used to buy my kid’s cakes at the store.  Continue Reading…