nar gourmet foods {review}

Unique food items always intrigue me, and I tend to have an eagle eye out for anything different from the mainstream offerings available. This is becoming more and more difficult, as the food scene in Minnesota has expanded exponentially to include food items from various cultures, with ethnic markets, gourmet food shops, fine spices, and […]

linwoods super food products {review}

It’s hard to believe, when I think about it, what I used to eat on a regular basis. I was a certified junk-food addict for certain parts of my life, but I could easily justify it because I was so active that I was always thin. Trouble was, I was never healthy. I suffered severe […]

deliberateLIFE magazine {review}

I’ve been loving my iPad mini. It was a complete surprise gift from Mike back in late Spring. We’d been sharing a standard iPad at home, and I’d been using the mini at work for a few months so when Mike handed me my very own mini for home use, I was just thrilled. One […]

plush puffs gourmet marshmallows

Gourmet marshmallows? How could I say ‘No’ to that? Especially Mochachino, Maple Bacon, Lemon Meringue and Toasted Coconut gourmet marshmallows from Plush Puffs. I was never a huge fan of marshmallows, even though I have eaten my fair share of them in my lifetime, toasted over an open flame and squished between chocolate and graham […]

the scandalous world of olive oil

I just finished reading Tom Mueller’s eye-opening book ‘Extra Virginity- The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil’. Spurred by a sound bite in Lynne Rosetto Kasper’s e-book that I recently reviewed, I checked Tom’s book out of the library and within a few chapters became fully engrossed in the disreputable world of olive oil. […]

eating in, with lynne rosetto kasper

Lynne Rosetto Kasper is the host of The Splendid Table, radio broadcast through American Public Media on Minnesota Public Radio since 1997. She is the author of numerous books as well, like The Splendid Table, The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper and The Italian Country Table. The books are beautifully photographed and relish in […]

stepping back

It’s two weeks to Christmas and right on schedule, we got smacked with an epic Winter storm. Almost 14 inches of snow fell over the weekend, blanketing our state and instantly changing everything from dull December to dazzling white. The internal switch to Christmas mode snapped on with a definitive click, and now I’m really […]

a brownie, a giveaway

Still awaiting our first real snowfall here in Minnesota. Anyone remember this from two years ago?? That was a winter that just didn’t quit. As much as I love snow, even my adoration of it was stretched to the limit that year. And then last year, it rained the week before Christmas, and everything was […]

white chocolate macadamia nut cookies

Thanksgiving is done, the month is nearly over and December looms on the horizon. Holiday plans are in full swing, decorations are coming out of storage and right on schedule, the air turned cold and brisk. There’s not much snow yet. Only enough to change the landscape from late Fall to Winter, but enough to […]

baked pizza gnocchi with greens

It’s been almost a year since we eliminated meat from our eating. I’m ecstatic over the way I’ve felt in the last year; I’ve got more energy even when I have a terrible time sleeping; my belly is superbly happy, and my skin looks so much better. Those pesky hot flashes are only a minor […]