tailgate!

Who’s ready for football?? It’s that time of year, folks gathering for outdoor sporting events, kids, adults, sometimes indoors on TV. No matter what the sport, food takes center stage in my book. and something easy to transport, quick to … Continue reading

wild blackberry gelato

The wild blackberries are taking over the neighborhood! Well, it seems that way. If you live in the Northwest, or have ever visited here in the summer, you are most likely aware that blackberries are both a blessing and a curse … Continue reading

nutella fudge cupcakes

Who doesn’t like Nutella, all chocolately and  hazelnut buttery? These keep well, so they can be made ahead, and do not require refrigeration, so they are a perfect choice for a picnic!            Print Nutella Cupcakes Course … Continue reading

crepes

Crepes are marvelous things — they can be filled with simple things, left-overs, whatever is on have for a quick snack or meal, or they can be full-on gourmet goodies! They freeze well (just remember to separate them with plastic … Continue reading

knock their socks off tea cakes

Sometimes you just want to WOW! folks with a small dessert. Petit fours, or small tea cakes, can easily do the job and can be prepared quick as a whistle,  if you know a few secrets from the bakery. The … Continue reading

limoncello

Aha! I spied Meyer lemons in the market — that means it’s time to make limoncello! I first tasted limoncello in Sorrento, Italy, many years ago. Many years later, I was introduced to the creamy version. They are both decadent … Continue reading

mint

Mint — just the name makes my mouth feel cool. What a refreshing flavor this herb brings to the table! And, it’s quite versatile, paired with both sweet as well as savory dishes. Of course, we all associate mint with sweet … Continue reading

a bit o’ Irish!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and I wanted a new dessert to celebrate the wearing’ o’ the green. I muddled around green, and Irish, decided to go with Irish … whisky! Everyone likes ice cream, yes, indeed … Continue reading

chocolate raspberry truffle torte

For my Valentine, I want a decadent dessert, preferably dark chocolate or raspberry. This is my FAVORITE! Enjoy! chocolate raspberry truffle torte Butter for the pan 1 cup butter 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons … Continue reading

lime gelato floats

We recently hosted a fabulous winemaker’s dinner with Juergen Grieb, winemaker and owner of  Treveri Cellars in Wapato. His wines are magical, easily paired with food, and a great addition to the holiday season. The lime gelato recipe is mine … Continue reading