To Give Thanks

  I don’t know why but I always find the silence during heavy snowfall deafening.  It's a wonderful time for reflection. Amy moves about uncomfortably in the hospital bed.  I look down at the pulse monitor on her forefinger.   It is a bright red beacon in the darkness.  On her arm closest to me I … Continue reading To Give Thanks

Day One: My Turkey Stock Recipe

It’s my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving is. Amy is lying down and not feeling good when I walk into the bedroom to ask if she wants to have Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year.   She hesitates, not saying what we both already know, about how we are planning to put the house up for sale, … Continue reading Day One: My Turkey Stock Recipe

Let’s Talk Turkey

As with anything in cooking there are many ways to cook a turkey. It is only limited by your imagination. Beer can, the Louisiana Turducken, deep fried, you name it and someone has attempted it, some with better results then others. Simply put, I am from the midwest. When it comes to the holidays I … Continue reading Let’s Talk Turkey

Mustard Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Sauce Robert

Through most of the month of December, I spend a lot of my time preparing recipes that taste great but don’t absorb a lot of my time. It’s the holidays after all, and not only do I want to enjoy them but I have other things to do: trim the tree, make cookies, go to … Continue reading Mustard Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Sauce Robert

A Classic Potato Gratin With No Recipe

  Have you ever had a friend who knows no strangers? The kind of genuine person to whom everyone in the room gravitates -- someone who doesn't have to work at meeting new people, because somehow it is coded into their DNA for others to like them? For me a potato gratin is just such … Continue reading A Classic Potato Gratin With No Recipe


   I love this kind of yeasted cake. They aren't too sweet but the smell is oh so yummy and they taste really good. A perfect holdiay cake, something special that you will always associate with Christmas or New Years. I would serve it with champagne or better yet, Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine. ( I … Continue reading Gugelhopf

Dear Mr. Pépin

Dear Mr. Pépin, I made a recipe of yours last night. It wasn’t the first time I have made this recipe, in fact, I have made it several times but it has been far to long since it has graced our table, rest assured, this will not happen again. Just in case I haven’t been … Continue reading Dear Mr. Pépin

Persimmon Chocolate Muffins

These are a favorite of mine.  Chocolate and persimmon go together with buckwheat in the best way possible.   This recipe is adapted from one in the book Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce which is a really good guide to teaching how to incorporate whole grains into your baked goods. Makes 12 muffins 1 … Continue reading Persimmon Chocolate Muffins