My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Cilantro Jalapeño Halibut with Blood Orange Salsa Cooking View
Cilantro Jalapeño Halibut with Blood Orange Salsa

As much as I love to entertain, I sometimes find the initial moments after inviting our guests overwhelming.  Too many ideas swirling around, it is so hard to narrow them … Read More

Meyer Lemon Pudding Cakes Cooking View
Meyer Lemon Pudding Cakes

Years ago, probably just before or around the time that I started this blog, I firmly believed I did not like lemon or really any citrus desserts.  And then one … Read More

Fresh Tomatillo Salsa Cooking View
Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

A couple of weeks ago, Ben and I took a quick weekend trip up to Chicago sans kids to celebrate my birthday.  We drove up on Friday evening after work … Read More

Seared Scallops with Garlic Chili Butter Cooking View
Seared Scallops with Garlic Chili Butter
Annie's Original

Many special occasion meals fall into that category because of their inherent complexity.  Lots of steps, specialty ingredients or both may be involved.  One of my ultimate meals for a … Read More

XOXO Tic Tac Toe Cookies
XOXO Tic Tac Toe Cookies

I don’t have much planned for Valentine’s Day this year.  Usually we avoid restaurants – too crowded and usually overpriced.  If we do anything, we cook a nice dinner at … Read More

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