Soups & Salads

Getting Crafty with Beer

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Adding beer to your recipes can add some terrific flavor.  But how do you select which beer goes with which dish?   Here’s a handy cooking-with-beer guide along with some of my favorite beer-infused recipes. For a more pronounced flavor … Continue reading

Talking cherries

Montmorency cherries Seaquist Orchards

It’s the question I am asked the most as a resident of Door County.   When will the cherries be ready? Door County, located on a quaint peninsula that juts 70 miles out into the waters for Green Bay and … Continue reading

Holiday Favorites


Looking for some inspiration for your holiday cooking?   I have rounded up some favorite holiday recipes for your culinary review! From appetizers and salads to entrees and desserts, here are some quick links to some of my holiday “all-star” … Continue reading

Experimenting with grains


Most of us have heard of quinoa. Gluten free and available in a rainbow of colors, you’ve probably tried quinoa in either a recipe you created in your home kitchen or in a dish at a favorite restaurant. In my … Continue reading

Pinot Noir Cherry Soup


Chilled Pinot Noir and Door County Cherry Soup Serves approximately 8 to 10 Door County cherries are sour cherries so sweetening is required for this soup.  If fresh cherries are not available, substitute frozen cherries.  Be careful when purchasing frozen … Continue reading

Cherries, Cherries Everywhere……….


It’s that once a year time…..cherry season! In Door County, the season extends about three weeks.   Southern Door trees are first to be picked followed by trees on the Green Bay side of the peninsula and concluding with trees … Continue reading

Grand Marnier Fruit Salad in Melon “Swan”


Use a watermelon or large honeydew melon to create the “swan.”   The melon that is removed can be used as part of the fruit salad. Using a marker, draw pointed feathers around the middle of the rmelon.  If you … Continue reading

Asparagus Ramp Soup


Asparagus + ramps = delicious soup. There is nothing better than just picked asparagus.  No peeling needed when you get it fresh from the farm. I was lucky this weekend to pick up some tender just picked asparagus from Door … Continue reading