Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

My grandmother- or as we called her, Grammy- loved rhubarb. When I was a child, I never understood the appeal of it. I thought it tasted a little sour and the texture reminded me of snot (nice visual, I know). Time changes things, though, and now I have grown to love rhubarb, especially with strawberries….

Foodbuzz 24 x 24: Weekend at the Lake

Foodbuzz 24×24 is a monthly event in which 24 featured publishers are selected to create a meal sponsored by Foodbuzz, all within 24 hours of each other, and then write a blogpost documenting it. This month I was happy to find out that my proposal was accepted. I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off Memorial Day weekend than…

Whole Wheat Pasta with Ricotta Vegetable Sauce

Do you ever go to the grocery store and buy lots and lots of produce, thinking of all the grandiose plans you have in store for it only to find that once crisp cucumber lying limp in the bottom of the crisper a week later? I do that. More than I care to admit and…

Macadamia Nut Shortbread

Maybe I should be more afraid of butter. Sure, it’s on the enemy list of cardiologists or dietitians around, but my philosophy is that if you’re going to eat a cookie, it might as well be the real thing. As the weather gets warmer, and I start to unpack our summer clothes, I know butter…

Food Memory Friday: Dining with Khaki

There was a fair amount of time while I was growing up when none of my mother’s immediate family lived in Ohio. However, for a short three years, my Aunt Khaki and cousin Camille lived only 10 minutes from us in adorable house; and, looking back, it was some of the most fun and memorable…

Strawberry Pineapple Jam

My mom always made her own jam while we were growing up- blackberry, red raspberry, pepper jelly, strawberry. You name it. She is quite an ambitious woman. I took for granted the luxury of having stores of delicious jam at my fingertips, and especially realized this when I left for college and was stuck with…

Chelsea’s Bridal Shower

(photo courtesy of Joanne) Last weekend I helped throw a bridal shower for one of my very dearest friends, Chelsea. Chelsea and I met while in grad school and became very close on our carpools to and from class. She is one of the hardest working, most beautiful people I know and I am so…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

  Updated Photo 8/21/14 I made this cheesecake for my brother-in-law, Kenny’s, birthday last week. Young Ken turned 23 and has evolved into a self-proclaimed “non-dessert lover.” A bit strange, even freakish, if you ask me. Nonetheless, he does still hold a special place in his heart for cheesecake. So, I forced him to choose…