The Monday Menu: June 29, 2009


Another week into summer. I had the feeling today that I'm going to wake up one morning and it will suddenly be over, my flowers done blooming for the season, the apples harvested, the leaves falling off the trees. I've decided I need to be a bit more organized in my daily affairs and responsibilities in order to appreciate the fleeting days of … more

Prosciutto-Rolled Asparagus Bundles


I received an email from my sister a few weeks ago. All it said was: "Yum." And then there was a link. Because I'm trying to get everyone to try asparagus, I knew it was something I'd be making. You don't like asparagus? That's too bad. You don't know what you're missing. My kids eat asparagus. One key thing when you're purchasing … more

Wish I Was There Mediterranean Pasta


I first made this dish several years ago for a ladies' night I was hosting at my house. Instantly a hit, I knew I'd be adding it to my list of favorite easy meals. Adding (or not adding) the meat at the very end makes it vegetarian friendly. There is a lot of dumping from jars and cans into a pan involved and not a lot of cutting and chopping. … more

The Monday Menu: June 22, 2009


On Father's Day: Ole, thank you for being the father to my children. I look forward to another year of parenting with you and can't imagine doing it without you. Thank you for your patience and your rationalization, your love and your tenderness, for the stability and support you bring to our family. And thanks for putting up with me. … more

White Chocolate Raspberry Lady Cake


We don't make birthday cakes very often here. It's not that I myself don't enjoy and appreciate cake. My kids don't. I know, what kid wouldn't want to shove their face in a piece of frosting-covered sweetness? Mine. Now, don't get me wrong. They like the idea of cake. They may even take their piece happily. Then a bite or two into it, … more

Jalapeno Cornbread: So Hot, So Sweet


To start off I have to say, this is not a grilling recipe.  I've never tried it on the grill, and I probably never will.  Certain things need stability - a high speed camera, a vintage moped and good cornbread.  The latter requires a type of stability that can only be provided by a highly predictable 400 degree oven.  Would it work on the grill?  … more

The Monday Menu: June 15, 2009


You know it's your birthday when: A. A new immersion blender shows up at your house B. Your mom shows up with a sewing machine and a car full of FREE plants to plant all around your house and diagram plans from a landscaper as to where to place them C. A growler of beer from a microbrewery in Chicago appears with your sister at 8:00 at night D. … more