Michigan Pasties

My husband and I went to Michigan for our summer vacation this year. In honor of his Michigan heritage and our trip, I wanted to post a Michigan favorite – pasties. It’s pronounced past-ee, not…

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Rhubarb Compote

Recently, Facebook reminded me that I made a cheesecake with rhubarb compote last spring. A friend asked about the recipe, but I hadn’t been too impressed with the cheesecake. The rhubarb compote, on the other…

How Chicken Parmesan Didn’t Turn Out Like I Expected

I have been craving chicken parmesan all week. However, I hadn’t planned to make it, and I knew I was out of breadcrumbs. As I rummaged through the kitchen gathering supplies for dinner (it was…

Melon and Tropical Fruit Salad

Growing up, fruit salads were an ever-present dish at family gatherings. I don’t mean the fruit cocktail from a tin can with maraschino cherries. Homemade fruit salad, full of home-canned fruits, like peaches, apricots, and…

Pesto Chicken Pasta

My husband went on a long business trip recently. While I was happy to go with him, it meant living out of a glorified dorm room for several weeks. I didn’t even know if there…

Madeleines

One of my favorite parts about cooking is the adventure. Any time I see a dish that I’ve never eaten, I know I can look up recipes online and try to make it myself. Many new foods…

Clean Out the Fridge Mac and Cheese

I love cheese. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods, and I like trying different types. Some day, I want to do a cheese tasting vacation through Switzerland. Because I buy and eat a lot of…

Boozy Cherry Sherbet

Early Saturday morning, in the sticky depths of July, I loaded up on cherries. A local produce co-op was selling Washington cherries, and I lugged the 20-lb box to my car with glee. The smile disappeared when I…