Farmhouse Chili

My September Soup series continues with … oh yes- CHILI!  September marks the return of many fall traditions including football, all things pumpkin (you know I had to get it in there!!) & an annual chili cook-off between The Farmer & I. Now I do have to admit The Farmer totally kicked my butt last … Continue reading Farmhouse Chili

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Can you believe it?! It’s finally soup season here in Minnesota & I couldn’t be happier! I’ll be the 1st to admit my cooking style leans heavily towards heartier fare so we’re heading into my prime time cooking seasons & I’m oh so ready to get cooking! The inspiration for this recipe comes from the … Continue reading Chicken Tortilla Soup


Upon starting down this winding path of cocktail art I confess that I didn’t have the utmost fondness for dry vermouths. I have seen this cocktail on many a speakeasy menu and passed it by under judgment that the primary spirit was dry vermouth. “It’s bad enough I have to put that stuff in a … Continue reading Chrysanthemum

Farm Fresh Pesto

Although it’s quite possible that I’ve been secretly (or not so secretly) counting down to fall (swoon!) there are just some things about summer I sure will miss once the crisp fall air is here to stay. One of them is farm fresh (or farmers market!) summer veggies & herbs!  Every year I tell myself … Continue reading Farm Fresh Pesto

The Home Bar – Getting Started (Part 3)

  At this point, we have our bar hardware and we have our essential bottles. We are almost ready to get started; however, there are a few best practices I thought I would discuss before we get into mixing cocktails. Setting up and organizing your home bar Options for creating your home bar space are … Continue reading The Home Bar – Getting Started (Part 3)