Longer-Lasting Fresh Herbs in a Cup


The leaves are turning on the trees here, signaling the end of summer and the return of brisk nights and even shorter days, as if school starting and the Halloween and Christmas decorations in stores weren't enough. Yes. Christmas decorations. Keep your pants on, Mr. Retail Giant. The return of cold nights also means my herb gardens are in … more

Rum-Glazed Roasted Pecans


One of our favorite things to get at fairs, festivals and our local farmer's market is a cone of roasted nuts. Just follow your nose, allowing the cinnamon smell to guide you. They'll usually hand out a one-nut sample to entice you to buy them, too. It's love at first taste, and you're walking out of there without your $7 and with a paper cone … more

The Monday Menu: September 14, 2009


We made it through the first week of school! We're off to a great start so far. I have to say I kind of liked the quiet after I sent all but Kidney Bean off to school or preschool, even if it is just in the morning. I was so much more productive for that small amount of time. We tried something new tonight and walked to the grocery store. … more

Banana Rum Cake from the Caribbean


I let my bananas go bad again. Then I let them sit there a little bit longer because...well, I was busy. I had things to do. Then when I went in search of a banana rum cake I couldn't really decide what I wanted. I kind of liked the idea of a sheet cake, but most of the recipes I found were either more of a pound cake or more of a spice cake … more

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