Desserts · Recipes

Pumpkin Tart

I try not to mess with my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. We make the same things every year. Slow-roasted Turkey with grandpa’s famous stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, sweet baked yams, my mom’s green bean casserole, and my corn soufflé. If I tried to change anything my family would fire me, if they could. The only thing… Continue reading Pumpkin Tart

Pie · Recipes

Easy Pie Crust

I love pies. Mom, I know what you're thinking. Growing up I hated pie crust. I would only eat the fruit filling. I took great pride in creating a hollowed out pie carcass that my father would finish for me. He loved pies because they were not sweet. He took pride in only adding enough… Continue reading Easy Pie Crust

Cake · Recipes

Pineapple Crumb Cake

May Day Basket Coffee Cake Growing up, I loved May Day. I had a secret admirer who would leave me a May Day basket hanging on the front door to my house. Usually, the basket was made of paper in the shape of a cone. The basket was filled with lilacs, dandelions, and store-bought cookies… Continue reading Pineapple Crumb Cake

Desserts · Recipes

Lemon Pavlovas

Pucker-up! Spring is here! Last week, I wrote about how our bodies naturally crave the seasonal foods of spring. The first fruits and veggies in spring are astringent, bitter, sharp and refreshing. In our area of the Midwest things like rhubarb, nettles, chives, asparagus, radishes, spinach, peas, fiddleheads, and ramps come to mind. It’s going… Continue reading Lemon Pavlovas

Cake · Recipes

Easy cake recipe to make with kids

Spoiler: Easter is not about bunnies Anyone find it hard to explain Easter to kids? I did. Easter is an extraordinary day. It is the most important Christian event—more significant than Christmas. It’s the day Jesus Christ, the Messiah, rose from the dead. The resurrection. On the third day, Christ rose from the dead after… Continue reading Easy cake recipe to make with kids


Matcha Crepes

Think green, eat green, and be environmentally green by eating your leftovers I’m not a huge fan of leftovers. I eat them, but they are not my favorite. My mother isn’t a fan either. Growing up, she was very good at making just enough food for each meal. She was a pro at knowing how… Continue reading Matcha Crepes

Cheese · Recipes · Savory

French Onion Grilled Cheese

April is National Grilled Cheese Month April is National Grilled Cheese Month People REALLY love grilled cheese sandwiches. Many foods can claim a day of fame. There is National Spaghetti day, Chocolate Milk day, and even National Raspberry Popover Day—Yup—you read that right—raspberry popovers. I didn’t even know there was such a thing! But not… Continue reading French Onion Grilled Cheese

Life lessons

Top 10 Etiquette Rules for Business Meals

Last week, I had the privilege of interviewing some college students who were at an etiquette dinner. I had seen the posters around the UW-River Falls campus and I was curious to see for myself, if young people were interested or if proper etiquette was even on their radar. Not only are students interested, some… Continue reading Top 10 Etiquette Rules for Business Meals