• Cherries!

    This weekend there was a cherry festival in Marostica, Italy. It wasn’t what most would consider a true festival as there were only a few vendors selling fresh cherries and baked items featuring cherries. Even with not a lot going…

  • Dessert Lumpia

    What can be said about banana lumpia? That it is so freaking delicious! My first encounter with these hand sized desserts was at Mrs. D’s house. Mrs. D is Filipino but loves to reminisces about Hawaii on a daily basis.…

  • Luck & Money in the New Year

    Since I was a child it has always been a tradition of having black eyed peas and collard greens on January 1st. My southern raised grandmother would require all of us to eat until we were stuffed. The trick is…

  • Got Turkey? Make Chili

    Ingredients Original recipe makes about 4 servings 1 tablespoon olive oil 1-2 pound of Turkey( left overs from Thanksgiving works great) 4 shallots, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 cups chicken broth 1 (15 ounce) cans cannellini (white kidney) beans,…

  • Cooking with Lucas

    Today Trisha (visiting from Anchorage, Alaska) and I went to a great cooking class taught by Lucas. We learned how to make from scratch chestnut pasta with butternut squash & pancetta, creamy porcini risotto made with marscopone, gorganzola and truffle…

  • Oatmeal Pumpkin spiced cookies with Chocolate Chips

    Ingredients Original recipe makes 6 dozen cookies 1 1/2 cups butter, softened 2 cups packed brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups quick-cooking…

  • Homemade Mac & Cheese

    Ingredients Original recipe makes 6 servings 1 box (about 8 ounces) uncooked elbow macaroni or another type of fun pasta 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup grated smoked Mozzarella cheese Pinch of cayenne pepper 1/2 tablespoon garlic 1/2…

  • Bourbon Pork Chops with Apples & Polenta (GF)

    This will feed 5-6 people Ingredients 8 Pork Chops (with bone in) 3 Red Apples (Sliced) 1-2 onions (sliced) 6 cups Chicken Broth 2 Cups Polenta 4 TBS Chives (chopped) 4 TBS Brown Sugar 1/2 cup Bourbon 2 TBS Salt…