Ah, decadence… how else do you describe cheesecake? We were so fortunate, for the rehearsal dinner, to have an array of decadent cheesecakes to celebrate Jessica and Tony which were created by Marianne Madar, Jessica’s mother. Now mind you, it wasn’t just one flavor but six. Marianne tried an amaretto-pumpkin cheesecake one Thanksgiving, created… Continue reading Guest contributor – Marianne Madar: Ahh, Decadence
I rarely shop at Jewel but the day before Thanksgiving I needed things I couldn’t find elsewhere. The store has been revamped and it’s very nice. I have always admired their make for dinner veggies, especially their Leeks and Crimini Mushroom Saute. I saw that and realized, I need to make a hearty mushroom soup… Continue reading Almost Homemade Portabella Leek Soup
After going to Mission Taco in St. Louis, there’s really not much that doesn’t taste pretty good on a corn tortilla. My interest was piqued when I saw the Inspiralized Meatless Monday post on Jicama. Who knew Jicama slaw could be a major player in a taco? I borrowed elements of her recipe to make… Continue reading Taco Tuesday with Black Beans and Jicama
A few years ago my husband had a Chicken Tortilla Soup at the cafeteria where he worked. He really enjoyed this soup. The vendor had the soup recipe available for download and he emailed it to me to please make it for him. Here’s the scoop, it’s for 25. First of all, I don’t have a pot… Continue reading Learning to Cook, Breaking it Down
Quiche is a fantastic option for a breakfast, luncheon, or dinner and can be made so many ways. The traditional way is with cream as in a Food and Wine over the top mushroom quiche, or a smaller version from Martha Stewart Bacon and Zucchini Quiche. They both look amazing. My hearty Irish quiche is great for brunch or… Continue reading Learning to Cook, Easter Brunch and the Versitile Quiche
This beautiful young lady is Laura Neally. I met Laura “virtually” a few years back when District 300 was in the fight of its life with legislators. She had no skin in the game except that her niece and nephew attend the school district. I was very proud to know her through that experience. Laura… Continue reading Learning to Cook, Guest Post Laura Neally – Fresh Ricotta 3 Ways
Just to start this post off, my March Madness bracket is #Busted, and I do not believe there are do-overs. A few weeks ago we attended our annual Progressive Dinner party. We divvy up the cooking for our casual evening and the theme of the evening was soup for the entree. Nancy Arndt made her… Continue reading March Madness Entertaining – Bring on the Heat!