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Open Faced Tomato Burrata Sandwiches

Summer means fresh produce, soaking up the great outdoors and casual entertaining. For us, hanging out with dear friends at The Rockin’ K Ranch in Northern Idaho is about as close to heaven as you can get. When my friend Mim brought these Open-Faced Heirloom Tomato Burrata Sandwiches to a recent get-together at the barn, I knew I had to share. Continue Reading →

Roasted Pear Salad with Blue Cheese & Port

“We should have you over for dinner!”

We’ve all said it… and meant it… but for whatever reason, the dinner just never happens. Yet when it does, it’s always a treat. Last summer, some “new-ish” friends DID follow through and invited us over. We knew the company would be great — the delicious meal was a bonus! They served steaks from the grill, warmed bread and this Roasted Pear Salad with Blue Cheese and Port. Simple. Elegant. Fabulous. Continue Reading →

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

These little morsels will have you struggling to find the right balance between polite moderation and downright gluttony. At least that’s been my experience… Continue Reading →

Blueberry-Lemon Icebox Cake

The past several months have been a blur. Between the holidays, seemingly endless entertaining, travel and launching a new company, I’ve relied more than ever on a well stocked freezer. Not just for surviving the oh $%&*#, it’s 5:30 and I haven’t even thought about dinner moments, but for taking some of the stress out of entertaining as well.

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Apple & Cranberry Turkey Roulade

apple and cranberry turkey roulade

I’m so over the need to pull off a Norman Rockwell-worthy holiday dinner. Seriously, how many people really bring a whole, perfectly cooked turkey – beautifully garnished and presented on an heirloom platter, to the table for carving? Well, ok, my mom and dad pulled it off, but I’m convinced they were the exception to the rule. Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Roulade with Ginger Buttercream

pumpkin roulade with ginger buttercream

Worst. Dinner. Party. Ever… The first problem was attempting to host an office holiday party for associates who really didn’t want to come. The second problem was that I didn’t know how to cook. However, as often happens, what was awkward, horrifying and embarrassing at the time, is hilarious in hindsight. And by “hindsight” I mean twenty plus years of it. Continue Reading →

Tomato Basil Phyllo Tart {Keeping it simple}

Tomato Basil Tart

I’m really an introvert. No one believes me when I say that, but it’s true. Large gatherings make me nervous, I’m terrible at small talk, and given the choice of going to a big party {especially a costume party} or putting on my elastic pants and watching a movie at home, I’ll choose the latter. Continue Reading →

Remodel with a Purpose {Parmesan, Almond & Rosemary Cocktail Cookies}

parmesan rosemary crackers

If you stopped by our house after the kitchen remodel, you would immediately notice the upgraded appliances, new wood floor or expanded center island. But perhaps the most important element of the project is something you can’t see – and it was “installed” with a Sharpie. Continue Reading →

Rustic Frittata

rustic fritatta

One of life’s great gifts is reconnecting with long-lost friends. Pat is a very funny comedian that I knew “back in the day.” {And by that, I mean I knew him before he wrote for The Tonight Show and Seinfeld – heck, he opened for Jerry last week!} Continue Reading →

Chocolate-Cayenne Cocktail Cookies

chocolate cayenne cocktail cookiesOK, first of all, these are not for dessert. So you can’t paint me with the “she claims to eat healthy, but she’s posting all these naughty desserts” brush. Hence the phrase “cocktail cookies.”

I don’t have many home-runs my first time “at bat” with a recipe, but this one was out of the park. Continue Reading →