Holy guacamole! Make perfect guac every time

About the time that I was old enough to start going to dinners at friends’ houses and was old enough to start asking what I should bring to said dinners, I started to get good at making a few key dishes that I could contribute to the party and be reliably duplicated. Though now I’m…

Fast, “fancy” appetizers, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Appetizers are one of my favorite things. That is, perhaps, misleading. Appetizers in a restaurant are often, I feel, named incorrectly. For example, if you’re going to plow through 2,000 calories in beer battered cheese curds before your meal (and I’m not judging if this is you!), then you probably shouldn’t call that an “appetizer.”…

Low country boil, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Recipe alert! A few weeks back, we made semi-spontaneous dinner plans with a couple of friends. After confirming a mutual time and that we would host at our house, I faced the age-old question, “what’s for dinner.” I proposed three options: pot of soup, roasted chicken, or a mystery pin that I had once saved…

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…

Read it before you see it – Crazy Rich Asians

A few weeks ago, we went to see Oceans 8 in the theater. Oceans 11 is one of my husband’s favorite movies, so he was excited to see another installment in the franchise, and I was excited to see a movie with a whole host of strong female protagonists. Before the movie started there were the usual…

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…