• Nani’s New Chicken Wild Rice Soup

    Nani’s New Chicken Wild Rice Soup

    Everyone in Minnesota loves Chicken Wild Rice Soup. It is a staple on many Minnesota restaurant menus and every family has their favorite recipe. I have a recipe on this blog called “World’s Best Chicken Wild Rice Soup” and it is! Unfortunately it is loaded with fat and calories. I have found a new recipe […]

  • Nani’s Avocados on the Half Shell

    Nani’s Avocados on the Half Shell

    When I was young, my Dad was the only person I knew who ate avocados. He would buy them and eat the whole thing while my Mom would lecture him about how much fat was in them. How the times have changed! Avocados are praised for their health benefits. There are so many ways to […]

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Coconut Oil

    Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Coconut Oil

    Recently coconut oil has fallen back into favor after years of being the “bad” oil. I have been substituting it in some of my favorite recipes with great results. Try my Best Almond Biscotti and Best Ever Scones, using coconut oil instead of vegetable oil and butter. After making both of these with coconut oil […]

  • Not your Granny’s Lemon Bars

    Not your Granny’s Lemon Bars

    I am sure you have gone to a potluck and been served old fashioned lemon bars. You know the kind with 1/4″ soggy crust and the 3/4″ tasteless custard on top. You must erase that memory from your mind and try these scrumptious lemon bars. These are the real deal and what lemon bars should […]

  • Fresh Basil Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

    Fresh Basil Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

    I was in my kitchen enjoying the aroma of the fresh basil plant that a friend had given me. I knew that I had to use it in tonight’s meal. I quickly imagined it with greens, and since I love simplicity, I decided on 2 standbys, olive oil and lemon juice. What a wonderful dressing […]

  • Easy Fall Off the Bone Ribs

    Easy Fall Off the Bone Ribs

    I recently found this recipe on the Penzey Spice Website. I like to smoke ribs, but was looking for an easy oven method. These ribs literally fall off the bone when they are done. Since most of the cooking is done in the oven, they do not have much of a smokey flavor like smoked […]

  • Best Whole Wheat Pancakes

    Here is a great recipe for some really good and easy whole wheat pancakes. They are light and delicious. Whip up a batch for your next Sunday morning breakfast. They whole family will love them. Ingredients 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 Tablespoon honey 3 Tablespoons oil 1 […]

  • Garlic Balsamic Reduction Sauce

    I have been attempting to perfect balsamic reduction sauce. I finally made one yesterday that I am quite pleased with. My first attempt at making a balsamic reduction sauce resulted in a caramelized lump of goo. My second attempt was better, but not quite right. I decided that I needed a double boiler. So I […]

  • Best Almond Biscotti

    Best Almond Biscotti

    Nothing is better with a cup of coffee than biscotti. I have always been a bit afraid of making it. Not sure why, just thought it would be hard to make. I found a recipe on All Recipes and decided to try it. Not only is it delicious, but so easy to make. I revised […]