School’s Out for Summer! – or – Ode to Pretzel Crack

It all started innocently enough. I’m big on thanking people who rock their jobs, so when it comes to the teachers and specialists my son interacts with at school, there was no question: they needed a little something to start their summers off on the right foot.   After collecting some summer sipping cups that had…

Cheese Week! Last Chances and Full Fromagical Nerdity

It’s Friday! Which means that Cheese Week is drawing to a close. As is the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a pair of free tickets to the Minnesota Cheese Festival. So, let’s get the business end out of the way first: want to enter? You have until midnight tonight to leave a…

Cheese Week! Chevre, take me away…

Sometimes, you have a day. It’s not that the day was bad, but you wouldn’t call it good either. It was just a day. And you need a little break, the chance to hit the reset button to make it through to the end of it. Maybe a little snack? Something to amuse the bouche?…

Cheese Week! Cheese is for kids.

Cheese isn’t just for grown-ups, you know. And kids shouldn’t be limited to cheeses that come in bright packaging with illustrations on it, having them identify more with a character than the contents of the cheese. Which is why I was thrilled when I noticed that the Minnesota Cheese Festival offers a kids rate for…

Cheese Week! Stuffed French Toast, for starters…

This week is one that’s anticipated by many in our fair state, as the State Fair opens on Thursday. Not only is there unparallelled people watching, but the State Fair also brings forth some truly innovative food concepts for the masses to taste and either love or hate. But that’s not what Cheese Week is…

First the meat, then the cheese.

So, we’ve been enjoying the summer around here. And not blogging as much, evidently. But with August more than half-gone, let’s take a moment to share one more recipe. Then we’re going to take a break from our getting-ready-for-another-baby groove and spend the week anticipating another important September event: the Minnesota Cheese Festival. (Consider that…

Freezer Nesting: The Mother-in-Law’s Stroganoff Recipe

Aromatic cues are some of the sweetest nostalgic reminders out there, if you ask me. And this recipe is one that trips up aromatic cues for both my husband and son. Coming to you from my husband’s childhood comfort food repertoire – while it is called “Beef Stroganoff” on the recipe card, it’s probably more…

Freezes Beautifully

If you’re any sort of fan of chick flicks, you know the scene. In Steel Magnolias (the 1989 production) Annelle DuPuy was scrambling to make a batch of red beans and rice to give to M’Lynn’s family so they’d have a little something to eat while she recovered from surgery. As she was hurrying into…

Comfort Cooking: Pumpkin Scones

When you’re in a funk, a bit of perspective is helpful. I got just the right dose earlier this week, courtesy of a certain storm that was visiting the East Coast. My grandmother grew up in Massachusetts, and we keep in touch with family who live out there. As the storm’s path was updated and…

Weekend treat: Apple Pie Dip

Happy Friday! Here’s a quick little treat that is so fast to make it’s almost a sin not to treat yourself to a batch of this at some point over the weekend. Whether you’ve got friends coming over or are planning a movie marathon for 1, this is a seasonal must: Apple Pie Dip with…