Picnics, concerts and trips to the lake

Recently I was introduced to a new way to easily transport everything I need for a summer picnic, outdoor concert or for a trip to the lake.  The new SMART CART has smooth rolling wheels for easy maneuvering over a variety of outdoor surfaces. It is waterproof in case of spills and weighs less than…

All American Apple tart

Are you already thinking about the upcoming summer holidays?  We have Father’s day this coming weekend and then the 4th of July soon to follow.  I am planning to prepare a classic apple dessert for the 4th this year to celebrate. My husband recently purchased the Le Creuset apple tart pan that I have been…

Baked Blueberry rectangular pancake

Are you entertaining a crowd for breakfast and prefer not standing in the kitchen making individual pancakes? Here is a fun recipe that works perfectly and the rectangular pancake is cut into pieces for easily serving guests. I found this idea on Taste of Home online. I recently tried this recipe and found that it…

Heart Tarts

With only four ingredients, this easy dessert comes to the table for summer tea parties or afternoon lunches.  These heart tarts could be made to any shape based on the cookie cutter choices used to cut the Puff Pastry sheets. I simply used two frozen Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry sheets and thawed them on the…

Maple roasted vegetables

We always enjoy roasted vegetables throughout the seasons, and this recipe is another way to prepare them quickly and easily.  I found this recipe in Real Simple magazine, March 2017. I roasted the vegetables at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes, although the original recipe said to roast at a higher temperature for a shorter…

Cooking with Quail Ridge Press

Recently I found a great source for some amazing cookbooks that can be ordered online and be directly mailed.  Quail Ridge Press began nearly 40 years ago and continues to publish and showcase many regional and national cookbooks. I have been cooking from Picnics, Potlucks & Porch Parties and have been enjoying every recipe that…

Cookbook review: Food Swings

Jessica Seinfeld has a new cookbook and it does not disappoint.  Her food swings concept is one that most everyone struggles with on a daily basis.  Should I keep to my list of good food choices or is today the day that I can treat myself to something fun and really amazing? Her new cookbook…

Summer smores

Memorial Day is in the rear view mirror now, and we are ready for summer fun and summer treats.  We tried this technique over the weekend, and really enjoyed the taste and texture of these summer smores ice cream treats. I used waffle cone ice cream cups in a bowl and a large scoop of…

Naan shrimp flatbread

Are you looking to change-up your standard flatbread or Naan pizza recipe?  Why not use grilled or sautéed shrimp?  I made these flatbreads one week ago and they were well received by everyone. I used about 10 shrimp for three flatbread.  After preheating the oven to 400 degrees, I tossed the shrimp in an everyday…

Champagne Gummy Hearts

I have fallen in love with a great candy store named Sugarfina.  I visited one of their boutiques when visiting Chicago recently, and love the branding of this upscale candy. They offer a variety of lovely gummy bears in their stores. So for my own wedding anniversary,  I decided to try my hand at making…

Birthday cake icing

For years I have owned a checkerboard cake pan and finally decided to attempt to make this layer cake.  First and foremost, I want to emphasize–this takes time.  I planned two days to prepare the cake, chill the cake, and make and decorate the cake. And by no means, am I any sort of expert. …

Spinach, cheese and ravioli bake

Michigan May temperatures are still chilly, though the sunshine has been warming me up for some outdoor gardening and exercise. I had some ingredients ready to go for another dinner dish, but decided to pair them up and make a classic comfort meal last week. I have made variations of this dish, already on this…