Knife Skills – Taking a Class!

Knife Skills – Taking a Class!

I’m always up for taking a class. I’ve taken non-cred classes on interior design, feng shui, writing, maybe others. But today, I am taking my first class in the culinary arena! I’ve been cooking since I was 22. I didn’t own a paring knife until...
Spring Break 2021 – Planning Despite Pandemic

Spring Break 2021 – Planning Despite Pandemic

Spring Break 2019 – Cancelled due to the Nebraska Flood. We were stranded in our neighborhood the same day that we had planned to pack the car and leave. We remained stranded for six days. Spring Break 2020 – Cancelled due to Coronavirus Covid-19. This was the...
Easy Lasagna Soup

Easy Lasagna Soup

I am feeling a little under the weather. I am stuffed up and have a cold. Though I’m rarely sick, I am prone to sinus issues. So, yesterday all I wanted to make a nice hot soup to break through the congestion. I was thinking hot n sour soup but I didn’t have the...
Amuse Bouche – Bacon Cranberry Jalapeno Bites

Amuse Bouche – Bacon Cranberry Jalapeno Bites

Ohhh, the holiday leftovers! There were only two of us at home to tackle a fridge full of Christmas dinner leftovers, so I decided to get creative (rather than get bored with the same old meal over the next three days!). Idea for an Amuse Bouche: I made a jalapeno...
A Salad Pretty Enough to Eat

A Salad Pretty Enough to Eat

When I think salad, I normally think – eh. I mean, I can throw a few veggies together and eat a salad. It’s a good, healthy thing to do. I actually like salads and, in fact, I really enjoy salads. But when I think of making something creative in the...
Bleu Cheese

Bleu Cheese

I bought this little diddy at a local cheese shop called “Northwoods Cheese Haus” in Papillion, Nebraska. The owners partner with private dairies in Wisconsin. I love Wisconsin cheese and I love this little shop. They find dairies that are still in love...
Nepali Momo (dumplings) are the bomb!

Nepali Momo (dumplings) are the bomb!

I grew up being fed dumplings that were simmered in cabbage and cooked tomatoes. I am not a fan of either. The dumplings were filled with a mushy rice and I didn’t like rice in my younger years either. I’m grimacing at just the thought of these memories. A...
The Mississippi River

The Mississippi River

I discovered the Great River Road along the Mississippi River in 2000. That was prior to internet guidance for vacation adventures. I don’t recall how I received information or river road maps. I do have a scrap book with cut up brochures amongst the pictures from...
“Amaze” Bouche

“Amaze” Bouche

What the heck is an amuse bouche anyway?? It’s merely a French term that means “mouth amuser”. It is a small bite with a pop of flavor. It could be served in a spoon, as a finger food, or in a little shot glass. My first experience with a chef’s amuse bouche was not a...
Isolation leads to “Amuse Bouches”!

Isolation leads to “Amuse Bouches”!

I’ve never been much of a home body. I’ve always been in school or had a job. For many years, I did both! Even when I have days off when I could easily stay at home, I tend to find things to do. There’s certainly an adventure around every corner, but...