Salted Caramel Chai Smoothie @

Salted Caramel Chai Smoothie

Smoothies are an almost daily thing for me, but I tend to get bored with the same things. Don’t get me wrong — bananas, berries, and spinach is perfectly acceptable, but sometimes it’s just not enough.   I try to add different ingredients and flavorings to keep it interesting, as well as ramp up the [...]

Grand Marnier Sour Cherry Sauce @

Grand Marnier Sour Cherry Sauce

I love sour cherries, but they are hard to find. A couple weeks ago I went to Northern Michigan with my family, and was lucky enough to pick up a few quarts at a farmer’s market. I froze them, and immediately started dreaming up ways to use them all.   My first thought was jam. [...]

Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes @

Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes

Baking a potato seems like something that should be easy. You pop a potato in the oven until it’s tender right?   Well, right, but not always. Do you put it in foil? On a pan? Does a higher temperature bake it faster?   Um, no, no, and yes, but that’s not necessarily better. If [...]

Banana Birthday Cake Ice Cream @

Banana Birthday Cake Ice Cream

When I was a kid, my favorite cake was the rainbow chip kind. It was just sprinkles in the boxed cake mix, but I loved it. I know now that it’s all the same, and that you can’t really taste the sprinkles that are baked in the cake (although, full disclosure: I don’t know when [...]

Vanilla Cacao Nib Peanut Butter

Vanilla Cacao Nib Peanut Butter

Last week, my husband opened up the cabinet we use as a pantry, looking for something. Nuts, pasta, crackers. It’s impossible to know. Especially considering I have everything under the sun in that cabinet shoved however it will fit. I guess some people might say I’m a bit disorganized.     So out come several [...]

Summer Vegetable Tart-8

Summer Vegetable Tart

I hate summer. Yes, I do. I hate heat, bugs, cookouts, and anything else related to summer.  Except for one thing. Produce. You’ll never find a pint of berries, a peach, or basket of cherry tomatoes in a grocery store as good as you’ll find from a local farm. I’ve tried.        While [...]

Blueberry Maple Shortbread Cookies-4

Blueberry Maple Shortbread Cookies

  There used to be this little bakery in Cincinnati called Queen City Cookies that made amazing shortbread.They were shaped like elephants, and were tender and delicious. My favorite was a rosemary sesame flavor, but they also had a blueberry maple that tasted exactly like blueberry pancakes.     I used to buy these at [...]