Strawberry Hand Tarts

Strawberry Hand Tarts

Is it time for strawberry shortcake? Or strawberry pie? Or just eating strawberries fresh, one after another? Yes to all of these, but one mark of the strawberry season for me is a batch of strawberry hand tarts. [Keep reading...]

Summertime Sangria

Summertime Sangria
Warm breezes and sunshine are beginning to peek through the days of the week. Soon all we will be talking about will be the heat. Not to worry, help is on the way.

Summertime and sangria go hand in hand like beach towels and ocean waves. While I don’t live close enough to enjoy an ocean I do know how to find a spot with water and fun whether it be a swimming pool, pond or lake. Thanks to this sangria guide, all is well as I can enjoy family and friends, read a summer novel or just relax with a cool, refreshing sangria. [Keep reading...]

Fire Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Almonds

Fire Roasted Brussels Sprouts photo
Do you love Brussels sprouts? It seems people either love ‘em or hate ‘em. This recipe is the reason I love them. [Keep reading...]

Ice Cream Cookie

A special thanks to the Le Creuset stores in St. Louis and Leawood, KS for hosting a book signing and give away.

A special thanks to the Le Creuset stores in St. Louis and Leawood, KS for hosting a book signing and give away.

We have been having so much fun promoting our new cookbook, The Newlywed Book, Cooking Happily Ever After. Tis the season for bridal showers, engagements and of course, weddings!

This was a book that we had dreamed about. The focus is on what to do with the items new couples have registered for at their bridal registry, how to select kitchenware, how to stock the pantry and how to entertain. Recipes are sized for two as an answer to the weeknight cooking question. In addition, some recipes yield more servings for the times you might be entertaining or celebrating holidays.

The good news is that we wrote and developed recipes for today’s couples. We know that gone are the days where “the wife” does all the planning and cooking. Husbands now eagerly participate in this process and many couples enjoy cooking together in the kitchen. Many folks have told us this is not only a newlywed book but is perfectly geared for young professionals who are cooking for one and empty nesters, too.

We are so thankful for all the retailers both local and nationally that have supported the launch of this book. It has been fun attending book signings, attending a benefit for the Kansas City Les Dames d’Escoffier, teaching cooking classes and serving samples and treats at retail locations.

Here is one of my favorite sweet treats from the book that I have adapted into mini ice cream cookie sandwiches. These are fun to keep in the freezer for after school snacks or unexpected visitors.
Ice Cream Cookie

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Glazed Orange Pound Cake Recipe

Glazed Orange Pound Cake Photo

I suddenly had an obsession for a cake out of my past and realized it was perfect for this time of year. So, I baked it, loved it and then I could hardly wait to share it with you. For some reason, citrus flavors like orange and lemon are great … [Keep reading...]

Potato Salad

Potato Salad

Potato salad--do those words bring a smile and cause you to pause and fondly remember days gone by? Do you recall family reunions, picnics, BBQ's, vacations on the beach or at the lake and a plethora of happy times? Or do you shutter, shake your head … [Keep reading...]

Balsamic Vinaigrette and Caramelized Pecans

Balsamic Dressing and Caramelized nuts photo

Hallelujah spring! I think you have finally broken through the barriers of winter and at least in my neighborhood, you are here to stay. Even people who say they don’t eat seasonally will probably agree it is time to step away from the stews and … [Keep reading...]

Hot Cross Buns

The special day is finally near! Easter is a week away and that means rituals and recipes that are rich with tradition in our home. Each Easter morning begins with Hot Cross Buns. These are always served with dyed Easter eggs, fresh fruit and … [Keep reading...]

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Photo

It is funny how we are captured by tastes from our past. They seem to never leave us, even when we push them aside. Pineapple upside down cake is one of those ghosts from my past. Long past. … [Keep reading...]