Archives for October 2008


  Pull up a chair, invite a friend and join us! … [Read more...]

Maple Sugar Farm & Fun

We found our pumpkins at  Glenna Farms, Country Store & Sugarhouse.  Our family and friends enjoyed a fun afternoon here with a picnic, campfire, and horse rides to the pumpkin patch thanks to the hospitality of the owners, Rick & Kristine Glenna.  It was a great little day trip! … [Read more...]

Sexy Apple Pie and High Test Chocolate Cake

It was delicious!!  So good, the plates were being licked clean!  My husband declared the apple pie to be the sexiest pie he had ever seen!  I have to say Ina Garten's recipe, from the Amateur Gourmet's challenge, produced a chocolate cake that was moist and incredible...I admit, I substituted ground espresso for instant coffee...always a purest!  This will be added to my (recipe) black book!  (Yes, I have a little black book, for my favorite recipes...I'll share more about that another time!)  The apple pie was "gone in 60 … [Read more...]

Minnesota Mama Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

I admit, some days I pull out frozen pizzas for dinner.  And, once I even sent my children and Kristin's son into a gas station  for breakfast.  But, today was a different day.  I went to bed with visions of anise pumpkin muffins in my head, and woke up inspired.  I have this ongoing fantasy that my children come home to baked bread or chocolate cookie smells--but usually not.   However, this morning was cold, sunny and cold, the kind of fall day in Minnesota that tricks you into thinking you can wear just one layer and then … [Read more...]

Kali’s Mezze

We stumbled on to Mezze one night in Fells Point!  It was an unexpected surprise!  The tapas were brilliant.  The flavor combinations were not pretentious or overdone.  The prices were reasonable and the atmosphere conducive to lingering, laughing moments with good friends! A visit to Kali's a few weeks later, on the other hand, left me with quite another opinion. … [Read more...]

Dad is Great! Gives Us Chocolate Cake!!

Ok...really, mom is great!  So, get is our friends Derek and Albert's birthday.  They are coming over with a bunch of friends.  We get together to share a love feast every Sunday night.  So, this week I decided to make their favorite desserts as a gift!  Albert loves apple pie and Derek, chocolate cake.  I began to make my tried and true sour cream chocolate cake and realized I was out of unsweetened chocolate.  I sent my husband Devon to the store.  While I was waiting, Chris Ann called.  "Did you see the Amateur … [Read more...]

Kali’s Court Not So Hot

For years I have heard amazing, wonderful things about Kali's Court. My husband and I finally made the time to visit. It was a special evening...we left our 5 kids with my mom...we anticipated an evening of wonderful food and impeccable service! My husband sent his food back. The fish was over cooked. Over cooked fish, should not be in the vocabulary of a restaurant who prides themselves on the freshest of food! Our service was mediocre and the price for this evening, overrated! I don't mind paying high dollar for a … [Read more...]

Is Dinner Ready Yet?

In my home that is a common question.  And, usually the answer is not quite.  You see  actual cooking is really not my thing.  I am rather in the garden pulling out something by its roots, sitting on my porch feet up on my hot pink wicker ottoman sipping tea, or running up and down my stairs with buckets of laundry.  And, what is interesting about the fact that I really don't like to cook, is that I love everything about food.  I love spices, I love the shine of an apple, I love dishes, modern and old chipped china, I love … [Read more...]

B’More Crab Cakes

So, I was busy cleaning my house and getting the kids ready to hop in the car and my neighbor Meisha knocked on the door.  She handed me a baggie.  A baggie?  "What's in this Meisha?"  She answered, "A treat just for you!"  I opened the warm bag...unwrapped the napkin and was pleasantly surprised by two homemade, Baltimore style, crab cakes!  That's the best baggie surprise I ever did have!       … [Read more...]

What’s Your Splendid Table?

It's never good to valet park with a blue mini van, so we didn't.  We parked in the back lot and walked to The Splendid Table's book event at the Room & Board.  It was lovely to be out with my husband and at an "event".  My goal tonight was to introduce myself to the authors, Lynne Rossetto Kasper & Sally Swift.  They are the hosts and creators of their national radio show, The Splendid Table, and authors of the book, How to Eat Supper.   We eventually found chairs and some wine and settled down to listen to their … [Read more...]