The Monday Menu: January 4, 2010

It was cold last night, -3 degrees cold when it happened. We were just about to leave to do our grocery shopping so that today could be full of cleaning and baking. Ole went to lock the back door because he'd been out earlier. When he did there was a large pop followed by hours of cracking, and that is how our door died. While I do find it … more

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup and Basil Grilled Cheese

Some things are worth it. Be it time, distance or price, some things are just worth the effort. This entry covers all the bases. Get comfortable. I have a lot to does Ole. While we were in California this year on a trip back to Martinelli, one of our favorite wineries, we were told about a great cheese shop outside of Santa Rosa. We … more

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Happy Holidays and Resolutions from The O6: Goodbye, 2009!

Considering New Year's Eve is tomorrow, I thought I'd get on sharing our card before the holidays are behind us. Maybe I was aiming for Valentine's Day? I joked about it on Twitter today in an attempt to conceal my shame. In an attempt to rectify the end-of-the-year disorganization that seems to be controlling me the last two weeks, HERE is … more

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The Monday Menu: December 27, 2009

First, because I was naughty and didn't say it the day of, Merry Christmas! I hope yours was as joyous and fun-filled as ours. We spent several hours driving through blizzard-like conditions and made it to all of our Christmas programs, functions and events. Now we're all tucked back into our little house trying to dig our way out of the … more


Steak au Poivre – The Showstopper

Steak au Poivre is one of those gorgeous meals that fills the house, is showy to make in front of guests and makes you want to curl into the couch after dinner, completely content and satisfied. Tenderloin filets are pan fried and then added to a rich, creamy pepper sauce. Sometimes you need a showstopper.  Maybe you are trying to impress a … more

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The Monday Menu: December 21, 2009

San Francisco with John Bolten (pictured above with Ole) is behind me, and Operation Christmas Cookie 2009 is underway. Right. Now. My sister is stuck here until it commences...on the 23rd. All right, so I'll let her go home soon. Accomplished: 6 batches of dough, rolled into balls and in the fridge; pecan teacakes; more gingered orange … more

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Gingered Orange Shortbread and Challenge Dairy

Finally, I share my shortbread for all the world to see. You can just add this to the list of things I have failed or fallen short at recently. It belongs right there next to purchasing pants that actually fit my growing 5-year-old and scrubbing my floor. You see, I made and photographed this shortbread late one night before I left for San … more