The Monday Menu: July 27, 2009


I would like to go back to Friday and do this weekend over again. It was far too short. I did, however, manage to get some work done, the grocery shopping completed and keep my house relatively clean. I also attended a baby shower and filled out the paperwork for our new car (new to us) because the old one is no more. I was so happy just to … more

Lemony Shortcake with Strawberry Sauce and Whipped Cream…and Maybe a Little Ice Cream Too


What this shortcake lacks is fresh, cut strawberries. Because they're in the sauce, people. It makes it easy to bring places and to make ahead. Plus, I made strawberry malts with the sauce later. Rave reviews from my dad, the king of the strawberry malt. When we were growing up, the only time we ever stopped for ice cream was on the way to the … more

Smoked Salmon for the Rest of Us


Followers of this blog know that when it comes to fish, salmon is the family favorite.  It is readily available, affordable when purchased in bulk, and quite versatile as evidenced here, here and here.  We do salmon many different ways and they're all quite tasty, but in my opinion, this method takes the cake. Smoked salmon.  The words get the … more

The Monday Menu: July 20, 2009


In the car again, on the way back from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Our trip started cold and rainy, but the weather turned around for the last 36 hours. The clouds left and we were able to see the sun set over the lakes and then rise the next morning over the palisade on Clearwater Lake. The kids saw waterfalls without getting eaten alive by … more

Traditional Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce


In the car today, telling you about cheesecake on my laptop. We're on our way to the Boundary Waters, although I wish we were already there. Or at least to Duluth. Duluth is where this trip starts to get exciting. There's a lake to look at. Trees. Rock faces scattered about. None of that has to do with cheesecake. Admittedly, we were late … more

The Key to a Crumb Crust


I made my first cheesecake when I was 15. My grandma always made cheesecake for Sunday dinner. She would keep it hidden in the guest bedroom or downstairs on the coffee table, but I knew it was there, thick and baked, topped with cherries (always cherries) and with a perfect graham cracker crust. Waiting until everyone had their fill of noodles … more

The Monday Menu: July 13, 2009


We are leaving early Thursday morning for our family vacation up to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. I've been going there since I was Kiwi's age, and I love being able to bring my kids and watching them experience everything. When I was little, we stayed in a small cabin out in the woods with no electricity or running water. We paddled a canoe … more