Fruit Pizza

Sweet and refreshing (and not to mention easy) – the perfect summer dessert for any occasion

Asparagus Three Ways

Asparagus is a summer favorite for most. Easy to cook and delicious, these recipes will provide options for a classic side or a unique spin on the veggie.

Jammy Oatmeal Bars

These are so delicious made with strawberry jam (bonus points if the jam is home made), but I’ve made these simple bars with strawberry rhubarb jam,  plum jam and raspberry jam, just use what you have or whatever is your favorite.   Oatmeal and jam, almost passes for a breakfast…just saying. We like bars at our…

Southwestern Cheesecake Appetizer

This recipe is so perfect for football season right around the corner (Go Vikes)!  You know when somebody brings the layered taco dip with the bottom layer that has taco seasoning and sour cream?  The rest of the layers are just topping, the bottom is the key.  This is all you can eat of that…

World’s Best Cake (A Norwegian Favorite)

This may sound like bragging, totally not a Norwegian thing, but this is really a fantastic and impressive recipe.   It is the perfect summer cake, a tender layer of cake with the crispy meringue and toasted nuts, whipped cream and berries and I made it for a Labor Day weekend family dinner.  Serve with…

No-Bake New York Bars

These are bars from my childhood, my mom would make them for potlucks to rave reviews.  When I went searching for a recipe, what I found was a similar recipe for something called Nanaimo Bars.  Nanaimo bars are a local favorite around Nanaimo Island in British Columbia and all of the Pacific Northwest.  I will…

Coconut Poached Fish or Shrimp

I love the flavors of curry! But I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to the heat.  I also love salmon, so after a recent Great Lakes fishing trip, I looked for a way to use the lake trout we brought home. The look and taste of lake trout is very close…

Eggplant Parmesan

A lower calorie alternative to traditional Eggplant Parm, but just as delicious!

Grown Up Spumoni

The classic finish to an Italian restaurant meal is a dish of spumoni ice cream.  Layered cherry, pistachio and chocolate ice cream with bits of nuts and candied fruit.  While the classic is good, it seems to be flavored for children. This homemade version is a delicious and grown up variation.  It begins with a…

White Sangria

Don’t get me wrong, I will happily drink red wine all year-round.  But in the summer, there just comes a time on those really hot and humid days where something chilled over ice is just the thing you want. When the stone fruits are perfectly ripe (like now), white sangria really shines.  Try to make…

Peach Crumble With Pecan Sandy Topping

It is peach season! I have always loved the smell of peach lotions and candles, and I’m pretty sure I doused myself in something peach-scented in middle school (much to the dismay of my fellow 7th graders).  I cannot walk by peaches in the store without pausing to enjoy that summer smell.  One of the…