Pear Muffins with Fall Spice

With chillier mornings and the Thanksgiving holiday almost upon us, it’s definitely time to start cooking and baking with fall spices. Ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon evoke those fall feelings in all of us. Who doesn’t want to throw on a sweater and have some fall pear muffins with tea! The thing that’s best about these muffins is … Continue Reading

Watermelon Aguas Frescas with Prosecco and Tequila

One way to get through the dog days of summer is with great summer cocktails. This year, my summer cocktail of choice is this Watermelon Aguas Frescas with Prosecco and Tequila. It’s a great twist on a typical tequila drink. And it’s ideal for summer entertaining. Somewhere between a margarita and sangria, this will wow any backyard BBQ or summer get … Continue Reading

Ginger Salmon with Grilled Corn and Watercress Salad

I’m always looking for quick and healthy dinner ideas during the summer. Here’s a great recipe from Food & Wine that really utilizes a premade ingredient, pickled ginger, in a way that saves so much time and adds so much flavor. I really love the use of the skewer too. It makes presentation really lovely. … Continue Reading

Summer Parties!

Summer is almost in full swing. Graduations have come, teachers are off, and I bet you are planning a BBQ or two sometime this month. As I’m sure you all know, I love to entertain. Here’s some ideas that I used to use at the Manor and still use for friends and family. SUMMER PARTY … Continue Reading

Spaghetti with Bacon, Peas, Mint & a Touch of Cream

My last blog post was all about eating cleaner for spring, and using fresh seasonal vegetables to do it. Here’s a great everyday dinner that’s quick, easy, and relatively healthy— even with that small bit of cream.  It’s an extremely satisfying meal that even the pickiest eater will love. If you put bacon in with the peas, even … Continue Reading

Super Simple, and Small, Dessert

When family and friends drop by, I’m often left thinking, “what’s something quick, easy, and sweet that I can make to share with a cup of coffee and great conversation.” Well, with only 6 ingredients, this Brown Butter Cinnamon Apples and Whipped Cream bowl of amazingness really works on so many levels. It’s practically apple pie without the … Continue Reading