Cheese Board

For a busy holiday party, I find it easier to serve an appetizer or cheese board while everyone is waiting for the dinner hour.  When guests arrive, it is very easy to have many types of cheese, nuts, dried fruit, condiments, crusty and multi-seeded bread ready to go. Guests can serve themselves while they enjoy…

Cherry Pistachio Shortbread cookies

Every Christmas I like to try at least one new cookie recipe, and this year I found a recipe in Yankee Magazine which was especially delicious.  My cookie tray looked quite festive with the red and green colors that this cookie contains. I did chill the dough overnight and baked them the next day. Here…

Michigan cherry pork chops

Fruit and pork marry very well.  In fact, most people serve apples every time they serve pork chops.  I think it has been written somewhere in every cookbook, that fruit should be served with pork roast, pork chops, or pork loin. I tried a cherry glaze made from frozen cherries and feel like it has…

chilled cherry soup

We are in the middle of summer and today is projected to be another hot summer day.  As I am considering what to prepare for the week ahead, I had to reflect back to one of the best tasting chilled soups I have ever ordered in a restaurant. Last month, we were in Charlevoix Michigan…

shopping at the Cherry Republic

From time to time I feature some of my favorite foodie or garden shopping spots.  This month, I have to feature the Cherry Republic.  Since Northern Michigan is the cherry capitol of the United States, cherries are quite popular here. This store is a “Michigan thing” and first opened in Glen Arbor in 1989. That…