Easy Upside Down Apple Cake Recipe

Upside Down Apple Cake with text

  Apple Cake Recipe My new neighbor, Susan, dropped off a bag full of Jonathan apples from her trees. The gesture was very neighborly and I genuinely thought it was lovely. I have never lived in a neighborhood where people were so kind in this way. I think I will make Susan an apple cake… [Read More]

Porcini Mushroom and Kale Soup Recipe

Porcini and Kale Soup

  Porcini Mushroom and Kale Soup Recipe With my kitchen all set up in my new house I am finally getting back to doing what I love the most. Cooking. Now that it is October, and the temperature outside has begun to dip, I want the foods of fall; casseroles, chilli, stews and soups. I… [Read More]

Review of the Week, Food Trucks, Pizza Dough, Roasting Tomatoes, Recipes & Links


  My week started out great. My husband and I attended a food truck festival. About a dozen or more food trucks lined up in the parking lot of the Schaumburg Boomers baseball team. The event started at 11 o’clock in the morning and went until 7 at night. Even though we got there early,… [Read More]

Giddy for Kitchen Gadgets and Gizmos


 We all have our weaknesses, right? For some it’s shopping, for others it’s chocolate. While I sometimes have both of those, I have another; kitchen gadgets. Yes, all those things that most people can’t wait to get rid of when they downsize or decide they don’t like to cook, I love. For as long as… [Read More]

Review of the Week, Bobby Flay Lamb Chops, Recipe Links and More


As I promised myself, I returned to cooking in the kitchen. I made a family favorite and it’s a recipe that is definitely everyday cooking with a gourmet twist. Bobby Flay’s recipe for lamb chops is super fast to prepare without any funky or hard to find ingredients. The molasses and mustard glaze gets a… [Read More]

Review of the Week, Thinking Spring, Gardening and Recipe Recap


The warmer weather sure has me thinking about spring and planting a vegetable and herb garden again this year. If you are new to gardening, then take a look at Martha Stewart’s easy guide to vegetable gardening. In pure Martha fashion, she makes it easy to do just about anything. The warmer weather also has… [Read More]

And then beads entered my life again …


Well, my kitchen has taken somewhat of a break the last several weeks. We ordered in some nights, and I resorted to dinners that my husband and I grew up on. Cornflake chicken, Shake n’ Bake pork chops, baked potatoes, and corn from a can. Yes, canned corn and Shake n’ Bake. Shocking, for me,… [Read More]

How do you get people to notice your blog?


How do you get people to notice your blog? I have searched for the answer for a long time. To help me come up with an answer to that, I had to do a little soul-searching. Self-realization is powerful. Based on the outcome either you go in one of the two directions or sometimes both. Personal… [Read More]

Sponsored Review: Coconut Oil from Cocozia


Recently, I attended the American Library Association’s mid-winter show that was held in Chicago. The mid-winter show is only about half as large as the annual one, but since it was in Chicago I thought I would check it out. I had a plan to meet as many cookbook authors that were there and go… [Read More]

Romancing the Stove

It's Love That's Cooking

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and I couldn’t agree more. What is the way to a woman’s heart? Is it chocolate, shoes or purses? I’d take all three for sure! But those aren’t the ways to my heart. Of course there is much more to a relationship… [Read More]