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Boozy, Montana Kitchen

The Ultimate Old Fashioned

In researching the Old Fashioned, I reached out to my newly minted son-in -law, Michael and of course, Hunky Hubbie- both big fans of Bourbon. They confirmed a truly delicious Old Fashioned (which I have come to learn is very personal) should have a slightly sweet, bourbon forward flavor with […]

Brunch, Montana Kitchen, Side show, Sweet tooth

Bourbon -Peach Jam with Thyme

In the summer, when the days are long and lazy and I know I don’t have to cook a big dinner, filling up the day by canning the summer’s freshest fruit is, to me, pure heaven. Homeamde gifts are so appreciated and spending the day making a pantry full of […]

Montana Kitchen, Party food

Philipp’s Excellent Hamburgers

My daughter Kimmons and her good friend, Philipp have become very accomplished home cooks. While we were all together in Montana, they experimented with meringues, sour dough starter, cakes, German meatballs and most recently their version of Gordon Ramsey’s Smoky Pork Sliders. Philipp used ground beef from our local butcher- […]

Boozy, Brunch, Party food

Pomegranate Blueberry Champagne Cocktail

It’s been another long week. I don’t know about y’all , but sometimes, I need that Friday cocktail with as little muss and fuss as possible. So here it is it … A Pomegranate Blueberry Champagne Cocktail. Everyone has blueberries coming out of their well, you know. So grab a […]

Clean Eating, Healthy, Main course, Montana Kitchen

Quinoa Chicken Power Bowl

This is one of those fantastic meals that is as healthy for you as it is beautiful to look at. Tons of fiber, protein and vitamins from quinoa, chicken and crisp cabbage, peppers and edamame. Feel free to add in whatever veggies you have on hand. This is very similar […]

Montana Kitchen, Sweet tooth

Rustic Peach & Rhubarb Pie

It is pie season. Rhubarb and strawberry seem to be on everyone’s list right now with all the tart rhubarb at the farmer’s markets. I wanted to make something extra special , but strawberries just didn’t seem to fit the bill. Peaches are also in season, so I thought, I’ll […]

Clean Eating, Healthy, Montana Kitchen, Party food

Roasted Salsa Verde

When hunky hubbie says, “This is the best thing I’ve ever tasted,” I figure he is being his usual sweet self. But when my son-in-law (Yay!-I have a son-in-law now), daughter and hunky hubbie all say something is the best thing they’ve ever tasted, I figure I better share the […]

Boozy, Brunch, Florida Kitchen

Watermelon Fresca with Rum

Looking for something to do with all that leftover watermleon from your recent picnic? I have a fantastic recipe for you. Watermelon Aqua Fresca. It is a Mexican drink combining melon, sugar, lime and water. My version uses strained watermelon juice that I blend in my Ninja blender, a mint […]

Clean Eating, Healthy, Montana Kitchen

Turkey Meatballs with Sriracha Mayo

There are some dishes that when you discover them, have the tendacy to quickly become overused because they are so incredibly delicious- this is one of those recipes. I have seen turkey meatballs on many other food websites, but decided to add my own take by combining a tangy mayo […]

Montana Kitchen, Side show

German Potato Salad

This yummy potato salad is the perfect side dish for your next picnic or summer dinner. It’s filing without being too heavy. We omit the mayo and instead use a bacon & cider vinegar dressing (with the bacon fat! – sorry Sat Fat numbers) If you do not have apple […]

Montana Kitchen, Sweet tooth, Uncategorized

Double Chocolate & Walnut Brownies

There is nothing more satisfying, more sweet and more indulgent than a warm brownie full of nuts with a crispy crust and rich gooey chocolate center. Forget those recipes with peanut butter, caramel and other nonsense- just give me the chocolate! And if you must, vanilla ice cream is a […]

Clean Eating, Main course, Montana Kitchen, Uncategorized

Panko & Herb Crusted Steelhead Trout

Steelhead trout fishing in Montana is pretty much non existent now, so in the winter months anglers head to the cold waters of Idaho and Washington state and fish the Upper Snake and Salmon rivers. The fish is so rare only one fish per day can be kept from the […]

Brunch, Florida Kitchen

Mother’s Day Brunch

Okay, It’s been a long quarantine. We’re all getting a little tired of cooking, cleaning, working from a crowded home, Netflix and the whole darn thing. But you know who is really tired- mommy. She is really tired. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret- she […]

Boozy, Brunch

Friday Cocktail Hour- Cucumber Prairie Fizz

Looking for a smashing, refreshing, fizzy crisp cocktail thats not too sweet and not too bitter? Look no further- my darlings- I give you an icy, cucumber infused vodka, lemon simple syrup topped, tonic water- “Prairie Fizz”. I know what you are thinking, “A fizz is typically made with gin.” […]

Brunch, Florida Kitchen, Sweet tooth, Uncategorized

Lemon & Olive Oil Tea Cake

This is a simple cake that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes with one bowl- no creaming of butter, no room temp eggs. Just lightly mix the batter for a tender “crumb”. For drama, serve this cake with a brandied whipped cream and honey packed with nuts […]

Healthy, Main course

Spicy Korean Beef Wraps

Okay- it’s 5:30, you’ve just walked in the door from work and you have to get dinner on the table before the kids go crazy and talk you into ordering pizza. You’ve got a pound of ground beef, some rice and a head of iceberg lettuce and not much else. […]

Boozy, Brunch

Friday Cocktail Hour-Sunset Margarita

It’s Friday. Are you ready for a drink? I know I am. This is a gorgeous cocktail to be made in a large pitcher that when poured properly, creates a sunset like appearance. Start with lots of ice, fresh lime juice, add in a simple syrup, top with tequila, grand […]

Sweet tooth

Triple Chocolate Layer Cake

This is a recipe for chocolate cake with three kinds of chocolate: special dark cocoa powder, regular cocoa powder and semi sweet baking chocolate. Nothing too fancy. Nothing they don’t have at Safeway or Publix. But is it one heck of a great cake. The recipe is based off of […]

Clean Eating, Healthy, Main course, Montana Kitchen

Lentil & Sausage Soup

The Quarantine blues are really hitting everyone this week. We have all made elaborate cakes, pies and sour dough starter. We still have to make dinner, but can’t we just do something simple that will fill us up but not pack on the pounds. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you […]

Montana Kitchen, Sweet tooth

Salted Brown Butter Pecan Cookies

Sometimes, it is worth going to the trouble to make a recipe really special. This is one of those times. Browning butter, toasting pecans and adding sea salt flakes are SO important to this recipe. Yes, it takes a little extra time, but hey, who wants to serve a plain […]

Florida Kitchen, Main course

Coconut Milk Chicken with Spinach & Sun Dried Tomatoes

This incredibly easy chicken skillet dinner is made in about 45 minutes, requires chopping only ONE onion, slicing a lime in half and can be made with eye balling ingredients. It is so simple, I promise you, it will quickly become a staple in your week-night family meal repertoire. However, […]

Breakfast, Brunch, Clean Eating, Healthy

Almond Keto Pancakes

I have to be honest: this recipe has been challenging. Making a pancake that is low carb, high protein and does not taste like flabby wet paper towels is not easy. I must have thrown out at least four recipes trying to get this right. Coconut flour is terrible- just […]

Brunch, Clean Eating, Healthy, Main course

Wheat Berry, Kale & Butternut Squash Power Bowl

Less than two weeks left of my January clean eating recipes. I have to admit, I’ve lost a few lbs. Yay! I may just fit into that Mother of the Bride dress after all. Today I have a little something that I worked on last week for you. It is […]

Boozy, Brunch, Florida Kitchen

Ginger Mint Mojito- Zero Carbs

Yes, you read that correctly. A zero carb mojito. Actually, it’s not really too difficult because for starters, rum has no carbs and no sugar and only 96 calories per 1.5 ounces. BTW-I love my job. A traditional mojito will have a simple syrup, mint, limes, some tonic water and […]

Healthy, Party food, Sweet tooth, Uncategorized

Kimmons’ Gluten Free Carrot Cake

Last August, our youngest daughter, Kimmons came home from Seattle for a little visit. She has become quite the baker- her Christmas wish list was pretty much Williams Sonoma cookware and a stand mixer. We love baking together and thought a carrot cake for Dad would be a special treat. […]

Healthy, Main course

Spa Dinner: Baked Cod with Steamed Vegetables

I am continuing with my January clean eating month with a simple dinner that can be prepared in a flash. This is one of those, “not really a recipe” recipes. With the holidays behind us and the new year in full swing, there’s nothing I have been dreaming about more […]

Roam to Table

Bright Lights, Emerald City

I love the Pacific Northwest. The salmon filled rivers, the tall timbers, the snow capped mountain ranges, the food, the people. But most of all, I love Seattle. Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong place? I do. All the time. Don’t get me wrong. I […]

Breakfast, Brunch, Florida Kitchen, Healthy

Citrus Salad with Buffalo Burrata, Herbs & Honey

Welcome to the end of week 1 of my Clean Eating month. If the Winter Blues have got you down and you just want carbohydrates and sugar, I have the remedy for your sickness: my bright, vitamin rich- Citrus Salad with Burrata, Honey and Herbs. This is not your typical […]


All about Bubbles- A Conversation with Tim Varan about Champagne

Let me be clear- I love bubbles. Bubble baths. Bubble gum. Bubble tea. But most of all… champagne bubbles. Last December I was invited to a very special champagne tasting at Tim Varan’s wine shop on Orange Ave. Tim invited his clients who he knows have a fondness for bubbles. […]

Brunch, Florida Kitchen, Healthy, Main course, Uncategorized

Lemon Couscous Salad with Raisins, Roasted Chick Peas and Avocado

Welcome to day 2 of my January Clean Eating month. Today’s post is a salad I am really excited to share with you. Whenever Hunky Hubbie asks me where I want to go for dinner, pretty much my standard answer is, “I just want a big salad.” Well, this is […]

Healthy, Main course, Montana Kitchen

Healthy Veggie & Bean Soup- Pasta e Fagioli

Happy New Year! How in the world can it be 2020? For my first post of the New Year, I wanted to do something a little healthier to kick off my January Clean Eating Month. Because I believe in baby steps and there is football on today, I offer you […]

Breads, Breakfast, Brunch

Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns

Well, here it is. The end of the calorie splurging season. You have New Year’s Day left to induldge before the New Year’s Resolutions begin. So, for my last post of the year, I’ve decide to go big. Well, actually, not so big- a slightly reduced calorie breakfast treat. These […]

Florida Kitchen, Main course, Party food

Ropa Vieja Revisited

In the early years of my marriage, every month I looked forward to one thing more than just about anything else: my monthly subscription to Southern Living Magazine. It does seem completely foreign that to have inspiration for new recipes, we had to wait each month for these culinary and […]

Breakfast, Brunch, Party food, Sweet tooth

Pannetone Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bourbon Sauce

This is yet another one of my “I’ve been making this dish forever” recipes. But this time I am tweaking this bread pudding with sweet pannetore instead of regular Italian bread. I used to make this dish for neighborhood potlucks because it travels very well. I also love to make […]

Main course, Montana Kitchen

Marci’s London Broil

Remember the 70’s? Okay, I am certainly dating myself. But in the 70’s we ate a lot of beef. A lot. One dish my family used to eat all the time was my mom’s London Broil. It is the strangest concoction of ingredients, but I’m here to tell you- it […]

Montana Kitchen, Uncategorized

Decorating for Christmas- Montana Style

This year, we will be in Winter Park, Florida for Christmas. I’m a little sad I will not be in Montana among the forests, frozen lakes and beautiful snowy mountains. Hunky Hubbie and I recently purchased our “downsizing dream home” and we wanted to show our children the new home […]

Florida Kitchen, Party food, Sweet tooth, Uncategorized

Frozen Peppermint Cheesecake

I did not have any plans to make a peppermint cheesecake this season until I recently saw one on an Instagram. I thought, “That thing is a hot mess! How does this girl have over 20,000 followers?” Aside from my mean girl jabs, I did think the cheesecake had way […]

Brunch, Main course, Montana Kitchen, Uncategorized

Pure Comfort Chicken Casserole

About a month or so ago, the wonderful woman who owns the best orchid and gift shop in Winter Park, Ginny’s Orchids, reached out to me to develop a chicken casserole. I loved the challenge. I have not made a casserole in years and thought this would be the perfect […]

Montana Kitchen, Party food, Sweet tooth, Uncategorized

Gingerbread Soufflé- (or one of the best desserts I’ve ever made.)

Okay campers -I have worked on this recipe harder than anything I have posted so far. Multiple attempts- First attempt was the original recipe that lacked a really “spicy” flavor, next attempt failed because I had to run to the hospital for a family member having emergency bypass surgery. Final […]

Brunch, Main course, Montana Kitchen, Party food

Upside Down Puff Pastry Veggie Pizza

I am always looking for ways to incorporate more vegetables into our diet. While we know it is so important to eat healthier, translating that into a weeknight meal that is still satisfying can be a chore. One chef that inspires me to cook healthier is Jamie Oliver. His enthusiasm […]

Brunch, Florida Kitchen, Healthy, Main course, Montana Kitchen, Uncategorized

Roasted Tomato Soup

There is nothing as quintessentially cozy as a cup of rich & creamy tomato soup- especially a bowl that is homemade. Tomato soup is a perfect meal to curl up with on a frosty night. Add a toasted cheese sandwich made with crusty sour dough bread and you have a […]

Boozy, Brunch, Florida Kitchen, Montana Kitchen, Party food, Uncategorized

Friday Cocktail Hour : Cinnamon Apple Cider Mimosas

Happy Friday everyone. This week for Friday Cocktail Hour, I am back at the Winter Park Distilling Company. While they do not sell Champagne, the background of sweet bourbon aging in barrels made for a perfect and inspiring backdrop for mixing cocktails. I have been tasting & testing Autumnal recipes […]

Boozy, Brunch, Florida Kitchen, Party food, Roam to Table, Uncategorized

Caramel Apple Mule- Winter Park Distilling Company Genius Drive Vodka

Happy Friday everyone. This week, I took a little field trip to the Winter Park Distilling Company- Home of The Bear and Peacock Brewing Company in Winter Park. The Distillery offers several fantastic spirts including Genius Drive Vodka which I am using today for a caramel & cider infused “Moscow […]

Brunch, Florida Kitchen, Healthy, Main course, Uncategorized

Mangrove Snapper with Pineapple-Mango Salsa

One of the best things about living in Florida and Montana is the fishing. It seems no matter where I am, I have the luxury of fresh fish be it hearty Cobia, Grouper or Snapper form the Florida Gulf Coast or rich buttery Salmon or Trout from the rivers and […]

Florida Kitchen, Healthy, Main course, Uncategorized

Velveting Chicken-Cashew Chicken with Sweet Ginger Sauce

When Hunky Hubbie and I are feeling a bit lazy, our go to for take out, like most folks, is Asian Cuisine- Thai, Chinese or Vietnamese. We love the sauces, the veggies and the incredibly tender chicken. But whenever I tried to replicate a healthier version at home, my chicken […]

Brunch, Montana Kitchen, Party food, Roam to Table

Baked Goat Cheese with Peppers-

First of all, apologies to my sister, Ashley, who despises peppers, but for this show stopper appetizer to serve at the holidays- peppers are a must. I first came across this recipe over 10 years ago when I began hosting little cocktail parties for the Winter Park Crew moms each […]

Boozy, Brunch, Florida Kitchen, Uncategorized

Friday Cocktail Hour: Beachside Blackberry Crush

Happy Friday everyone. The weekend is almost here! Today I have a crisp, cool cocktail with Blackberry, lime and vodka. Since it is still so hot in Florida, I am not making mulled wine, boozy coffee or other fall drinks yet. Please Fall! We need you! Hunky Hubby and I […]

Healthy, Main course, Montana Kitchen, Uncategorized

The Dowager’s Restorative Broth aka Chicken Noodle Soup

Two exciting things happened in my life last week: I received my Flu vaccination and The Downton Abbey Movie was released. I know- pretty thrilling. But in all seriousness, The Dowager Empress once remarked, “Every good maid needs to know how to make a restorative broth.” Now, granted, I do […]

Main course, Montana Kitchen, Uncategorized

Cast Iron Roasted Chicken with Onions

I really should post this recipe on a Sunday because roasted chicken just seems like a Sunday dinner entree. But this chicken is so simple, you can serve it on a weeknight. Don’t we all need a catalog of simple weeknight dinners these days? You will need a heavy cast […]

Florida Kitchen, Montana Kitchen, Sweet tooth, Uncategorized

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans

When did cookies become so complicated? What is the deal with cookies lately? How many times have you read a recipe or seen a cooking show where the chef talks about “smoky toffee notes” or ” butterscotch caramel undertones.” Why did we complicate the simple chocolate chip cookie? Where did […]

Main course, Roam to Table

New England Clam Chowder

This week we’re all about everything New England . Where else should we be with Fall in full glory? What could be more fitting than a delicious bowl of creamy, chunky, peppery New England Clam Chowder. As part of my Roam to Table features, I take a dish I have […]

Florida Kitchen, Healthy, Main course, Montana Kitchen, Party food, Uncategorized

Buddha Bowls or How to trick your kids into to eating healthy

Are you eating Buddha Bowls? You should be. It is an ingenious way to get a healthy dinner into your family . I mean, the kids will be thinking, “how healthy can a bowl full of stuff be? There’s sauce. And a bowl. And chicken and green things . This […]

Florida Kitchen, Healthy, Main course, Montana Kitchen, Party food

Thai Chicken with Soba Noodles & Peanut Sauce

Thai chicken with Soba noodles and peanut sauce should be your go to cold supper dish for the weekend when you have time to enjoy chopping beautiful veggies from the local market and marinating chicken, shrimp or even beef. This is Hunky Hubbie’s favorite dinner right now- he loves peanut […]

Brunch, Florida Kitchen, Healthy, Montana Kitchen

Not your Grandma’s Oatmeal

I absolutely love my local Açaí -Oatmeal bowl shop here in Winter Park, but I don’t love paying $12.00 for a bowl of oatmeal when the same thing at home would only cost about $3.00. And don’t get me started on trying to find a parking spot. We are all […]

Florida Kitchen, Healthy, Party food, Uncategorized

Smokey Tropical Tinga Tacos

Taco Tuesday should NEVER be about opening up a packet of “flavorings”, dumping in water and ground beef. There are so many simple ways to up your taco game- even on a week night. I am a huge fan of pantry & fridge staples and this recipe is chock full […]

Boozy, Brunch, Florida Kitchen

Florida Pamplemousse Martini

Happy Friday everyone. For this weekend’s Friday Cocktail, I am choosing a refreshing and fun martini. My friend, Tim Varan at Tim’s Wine Market, turned me on to Pamplemousse liqueur a few years ago. Being a native Floridian, the idea of a preppy pink grapefruit martini is pure heaven in […]

Breads, Breakfast, Brunch

The Ultimate Banana Bread

Follwers of my website know I am a big fan of America’s Test Kitchen. I love their inovation, testing and fantastic recipes. They often take something simple and give it a much needed boost. That is the case with this banana bread. Who here hasn’t baked a few loaves during […]