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    Chaya & Cacao on Isla Mujeres, Mexico Redefines and Refines Island Fare

    Apr 05 2018

    Nestled under a palm frond canopy, just a short walk from Isla Mujeres’ North Beach is Chef Lori Dumm’s newest restaurant on Isla Mujeres, Mexico–Chaya & Cacao. Chaya & Cacao redefines and refines island fare.…

    Chaya & Cacao on Isla Mujeres, Mexico Redefines and Refines Island Fare

    Mexican Chocolate Mousse Recipe

    Jan 25 2018

    This Mexican Chocolate Mousse is simply amazing. It is light, not too sweet, and can be made on the counter and stove top in about 30 minutes. How awesome is that? There are a few…

    Mexican Chocolate Mousse Recipe

    Best Banana Bread

    Jan 08 2018

    This banana bread recipe is foolproof and you can add your own flair! It is my go to recipe for brunch, a potluck or dessert. Add some nuts or toffee. How about a coconut lime…

    Best Banana Bread

    Maple Pecan Pie Bars

    Nov 25 2017

    When a person tells me that something is “as easy as pie” I’m usually going to be the first one to call their bluff. Making pie is not that easy. Do you add vodka or…

    Maple Pecan Pie Bars

    5 Easy Tailgate Menu Ideas Featuring Local Wisconsin Foods

    Oct 24 2017

    There’s nothing that says fall in Madison, Wisconsin like a stroll around the Dane County Farmers’ Market and a UW Badgers football game. In fact, a trip to the farmers’ market pre-game means loads of…

    5 Easy Tailgate Menu Ideas Featuring Local Wisconsin Foods

    Vegan Mushroom Ceviche

    Sep 18 2017

    RECIPE: VEGAN MUSHROOM CEVICHE (courtesy of Restaurare in Tulum) Such a simple, delicious and flavorful way to prepare mushrooms! Courtesy of the generous and lovely staff at Restaurare Vegan Restaurant in Tulum, Mexico. Makes 1…

    Vegan Mushroom Ceviche

    Maraschino Cherries – Two Easy-to-Make Recipes

    Jul 19 2017

    If your kids are like mine, they are drawn to bright red foods – hot Cheetos, Twizzlers, Takis, and of course maraschino cherries. Try as I might, substituting natural cherry fruit leather or beet-colored chips…

    Maraschino Cherries – Two Easy-to-Make Recipes

    Hibiscus Ginger Agua Fresca with Mezcal de Pechuga

    Jun 06 2017

    When I travel, I am drawn to souvenirs that help me recapture a special moment. A shell and seed necklace reminds me of the beauty of the landscape, while a package of dried spices takes me to a meal shared…

    Hibiscus Ginger Agua Fresca with Mezcal de Pechuga

    Fresh Fish and Fire Dancers – Four Days on Isla Mujeres

    Mar 16 2017

    Our journey continues…Day 5-9 of our Culinary Vacation to Mexico Isla Mujeres A 5-mile long island paradise, Isla Mujeres is only a 20 minute ferry ride from Cancun, with palm tree-lined beaches, a great local…

    Fresh Fish and Fire Dancers – Four Days on Isla Mujeres

    Tamales and Tequila – Two Days in Valladolid, Yucatan

    Mar 08 2017

    ON our Nine-day Culinary Tour to the Yucatan and Quintana Roo… After two days in Tulum, we headed inland to Valladolid, in the heart of the Yucatan, where time stands still. Valladolid Transportation from Tulum to…

    Tamales and Tequila – Two Days in Valladolid, Yucatan

    Palms, Pibil and Palapas – Two Days In Tulum

    Mar 05 2017

    Nine Days on a Culinary and Cultural Vacation in the Yucatan and Quintana Roo. The story begins here… The magic of a place can take hold slowly, building moment by moment so that in fact…

    Palms, Pibil and Palapas – Two Days In Tulum

    Kombucha: It’s What’s for Dinner

    Jan 16 2017

    I love kombucha. The tang, the sweetness, the slight effervescence that awakens my tastebuds. Kombucha is tart and crisp and loaded with probiotics. My three (current) favorite ways to enjoy kombucha are detailed below: in a spritzer,…

    Kombucha: It’s What’s for Dinner

    Creamy Indian Cashew Chicken

    Dec 29 2016

    I love the versatility of cashews. In fact, I first remember having cashew ice cream years ago at a store in Tucson, AZ and marveling at the creamy texture, mild flavor and silky mouth feel.…

    Creamy Indian Cashew Chicken

    Arugula Salad w/ Strawberries, Blue Cheese & Tamari Almonds

    May 04 2016

    Sitting in Mermaid Cafe last week while leading a tour, owner and Chef Lisa Jacobson was talking to our group about her connection to local farmers. As if on cue, in walks Bill Warner of…

    Arugula Salad w/ Strawberries, Blue Cheese & Tamari Almonds

    Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

    Mar 16 2016

    Comfort food at it’s finest! I may have missed Pi day, but I’m just in time for St. Paddy’s Day! Shepherd’s pie is one of our daughter’s favorite foods. Could it be because her last…

    Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

    Creamy Winter Squash Soup w/ Marshmallows and Bacon

    Mar 03 2016

    Oh, Wisconsin. I love you so. One day spring is here, and everyone floods outside, bringing out the bikes, scooters, beer and frisbees. The next, snow blankets the ground, and kids head out begrudgingly in…

    Creamy Winter Squash Soup w/ Marshmallows and Bacon

    Rock and Mineral Cookies

    Jan 13 2016

    So when my daughter comes home from school, says she has a science project to do, and they can make cookies, guess who got excited? Me She did! Baking for science? Of course. Not only is…

    Rock and Mineral Cookies

    Harissa Chicken Soup

    Nov 23 2015

    Inspired by the first snowfall of the year, this soup evokes warmth and sunlight with its celebration of North African flavors including Savory Accents harissa paste which packs a punch and flavor! I use just a…

    Harissa Chicken Soup