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    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

    Grilled Forest Mushroom Soup with Avocado Mousse

    Sep 27 2017

    This recipe is from a cooking class on our Culinary Vacation to Mexico, taught by Chef Arturo Lopez Arce Abundis. A perfect fall soup that features many ingredients that can be found at your local farmers’ market!…

    Grilled Forest Mushroom Soup with Avocado Mousse

    Soul Food Culinary Tour – Big Bites and Small Steps Toward Change

    Aug 21 2017

    The inaugural Soul Food Culinary Tour, in collaboration with the Madison Black Chamber of Commerce and Black Restaurant Week, was a success. There were a few challenges; serving 20 guests can overwhelm the staff at…

    Soul Food Culinary Tour – Big Bites and Small Steps Toward Change

    5 Foolproof Steps to a Great Cake

    Aug 21 2016

    It’s birthday month around here; both my husband and daughter celebrate August birthdays. And those Leo’s like to know they are center stage. A delicious and beautiful birthday cake is a great way to show…

    5 Foolproof Steps to a Great Cake

    Goodman Food Pantry Meal Serves the Community

    Jul 29 2016

    Madison is known for its many noteworthy restaurants, but who could imagine that a community meal at the Goodman Community Center (GCC), using ingredients found in GCC’s food pantry and cooked by a small group…

    Goodman Food Pantry Meal Serves the Community

    Kitchen Essentials

    Feb 09 2016

    A few of my favorite things that you can find locally, with global appeal. * Bat Trang measuring cups  Pretty enough to display as art, this set of four cups is made from white ceramic with…

    Kitchen Essentials

    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

    Five Great Uses for Apple Cider

    Nov 02 2015

    It’s apple season. I love me some apple cider, and aside from drinking it, you can use it in lots of great fall recipes. Here are some of my favorite ways to use apple cider:…

    Five Great Uses for Apple Cider

    DAIS Kitchen serves up hope and support

    Oct 07 2015

    Originally published in Madison Magazine, August 2015 Domestic Abuse Intervention Services opened the doors of its new Fordem Avenue facility in August 2014, and the enormous kitchen and dining spaces are the first things residents see…

    DAIS Kitchen serves up hope and support

    Summer Ratatouille

    Sep 03 2015

    I play favorites. Not with my kids, but with our chickens. The blond one is sooooo cute! And, like most blonds, smart. She follows me around the yard, and lets me pick her up. Oh,…

    Summer Ratatouille

    Recipe: Garlic Dill Pickles

    Jul 29 2015

    I just came back from market. For $9.50 I bought a bucket full of pickling cucumbers, a large bunch of dill, and some garlic.  Yep, it’s pickle season. Pickles are so easy to make, just…

    Recipe: Garlic Dill Pickles

    Recipe: Lemon chicken en papillote

    Jul 27 2015

    I love getting mail the old fashioned way—in envelopes. And I’m not referring to the bills and advertisements that fill my mailbox daily. I’m talking about letters, written by hand. My mom alone seems to…

    Recipe: Lemon chicken en papillote

    Canederli–Tyrolean Bread Dumplings

    Mar 02 2015

      Greetings bakery fans! As some of you know Susan has generously hosted Madison Eats’ walking and B-cycle food tours over the past few years. Batch has been an amazing partner, offering behind the scenes…

    Canederli–Tyrolean Bread Dumplings

    The Joy of Winging It: Chocolate Layer Cake

    Jan 31 2015

    After a particularly stressful week of arguments with my pre-teen son, I asked a friend, who raised two amazing kids with her husband, how she did it. “We were just winging it,” she said. Winging…

    The Joy of Winging It: Chocolate Layer Cake

    Jordandal Farms Cookhouse in Verona Expands

    Jan 10 2015

    Farm-to-table fare is almost an expectation among diners these days, but farmer-to-table isn’t quite as common. After all, farmers have enough to do just growing and raising food; cooking great meals with their products and…

    Jordandal Farms Cookhouse in Verona Expands

    Hook’s 15-year Cheddar

    Nov 25 2014

    First published in Madison Magazine, Nov 2014 Americans are hooked on cheddar—it was the most popular type of cheese sold in the U.S. up until a few years ago. Though most producers age their cheddars only…

    Hook’s 15-year Cheddar

    Maple Almond Granola

    Sep 19 2014

      I LOVE this granola recipe and make it at least once a month. Ingredients: ⅓ cup pure maple syrup ⅓ cup light brown sugar 4 teaspoons vanilla extract ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup vegetable…

    Maple Almond Granola

    Peach-Pecan Salad with Blue Cheese

    Sep 04 2014

      Well that was easy. Fresh Door County peaches, Hook’s Little Boy Blue cheese, a few nuts from a lone package of Lala’s Nuts Bourbon Pecans I found in my freezer and baby arugula from…

    Peach-Pecan Salad with Blue Cheese