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

The Goings On


I know, I've been somewhat absent lately. Not entirely, just more absent than I'd like to be. The truth is, I've been figuring it out. What is it that I have been figuring? I'm glad you asked. First, my wonderful, patient husband, after months of me begging and pleading, figured out how to rewrite the code in the blog theme so that I can have … more

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad


If you saw Ole's Greek burger post, you may have been left wondering what kind of summer salad you'd pair that with. (I know you were.) It's not like a regular, ol' creamy coleslaw would do the trick there. And something about putting tzatziki sauce on your burger doesn't scream potato salad. It screams pasta salad, naturally. THIS pasta … more

Burgered Out? Go Greek


Summer is great, picnics, pot lucks and back yard grill outs are plentiful, especially in Minnesota where these types of activities are off limits for six months out of the year.  Unfortunately for us, this situation can lead to busy schedules and multiple engagements per week.  And while we always like to socialize, the traditional fare of … more

The Monday Menu: July 6, 2009


The Fourth of July always marks my favorite time of year in the garden. My lilies are in full bloom and the hydrangeas have come out to play. Plus, all of my new additions are taking off, like this little guy. I will say, however, that the seeds I planted are looking more like weeds. I'm going to give them three more days to impress me before I … more