Pesto Cheese Bread to Eat with Everything


Sometimes the best things in life are simple. This is one of those times. There is nothing frilly or fancy about this recipe. It's easy. If you make a good patch of pesto and stash it in your freezer, it is effortless. And the payoff is incredible. Who doesn't love bread smothered in cheese? Every year our kids are in a Christmas program in … more

More Than Simple Food


When I'm not toiling away in the kitchen, working behind a computer screen or playing with my new camera, I sometimes consider getting around to decorating my home. Actually, I think about it a lot. It's the getting to it portion I have issues with. I have plenty of ideas and things I like, but time kind of gets away from me with all the other … more

The Monday Menu: September 7, 2009


It's here. The end of summer. I'm both excited for school to start and to have the kids in a more stable routine, but I'm sad that lazy pajama mornings and my afternoon projects with Kiwi and Kola Nut are coming to an end. To celebrate the end of summer, we find ourselves at the Minnesota State Fair every year – multiple times – eating, riding, … more

Fresh Garden Pesto on Your Plate and in Your Freezer


Our initial reason for gardening, before we even owned our own home, was to make pesto. We had always enjoyed pesto, and at the time with Ole in graduate school, buying the often expensive jar of it at the supermarket wasn't something we were willing to do. And the "pesto pot" was born. The pesto pot is nothing more than a pot planted with … more

Lemon Cream Seafood Pasta for Hanging on to Summer


It's here. The last week of the summer is in full swing, and I am over my head in work and events and activities and last-minute to-do lists that just may very well not get done. Throw in a couple phone calls about the school book fair (remind me again why I am the chairperson for that) and three open houses for the kids, I'm starting to feel … more

The Monday Menu: August 31, 2009


Only one weekend left until we send our kids off to school. I have to admit I'm looking forward to it, not because I don't want them around, but because I think they'll be happy to have some routine that involves other kids, other activities, someone – anyone – other than me. We spent the weekend with family, going to the zoo and bumming around … more

Herb Crusted Beef Tenderloin in a Windbreaker


You've probably read my other posts about beef tenderloin or filet mignon cuts, and as I've explained before, this is something that we would buy only on special occasions because of its higher price.  But not only are full tenderloins cheaper per pound than it's trimmed and cut filet mignon brothers, but there are sales (try $5.88/lb or even … more