Moon cheese, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend

One of the best parts about shopping at Costco…beyond being able to set yourself up in a year’s worth of spaghetti sauce in one trip, and their excellent Kirkland brand potato chips, and the most delicious coconut rolled, chocolate dipped almonds…is that they have a myriad of free samples to snack on during the day….

The Chopped date

For as long as we’ve lived together, my husband and I have tried to keep Friday free as a date night. We’ll go out to dinner, or catch a movie, or cook together while sharing a nice bottle of wine. We’ve driven to wineries, turned our house into a mini golf course, and had Chinese…

Friday night noodle bowls, kudos, and wine for your weekend

Fall weather is quickly settling in on the upper Midwest, and though I’ve fought the increasing urge to turn on the heat, I’m fully giving in to the desire for warm, fall comfort foods. I love soups year round, but there’s something about sipping warm broth when it’s 90 degrees and humid outside that’s far…

When life hands you limes, make cocktails and pies!

There is an amazing scene in my memories from our time in Italy where an old man sits on the side of the hiking trail between Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare with bushels of freshly picked lemons hand pressing lemonade which he sells to the overheated transients taking in the sea vistas. I can picture…

Pints and popsicles, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend

Happy pre-4th of July weekend. It’s going to be a hot one! It’s the perfect time for a summer cookout. Fire up the grill, pour out a bag of chips, crack open that watermelon, and let the good times roll! Summer cookouts also afford the opportunity to enjoy some seasonal sweet treats. And unlike some…