14 Hands Red Blend

I grew up surrounded by wine. My parents were a major factor in making sure that any time we were in a country that allowed me to drink we would be sharing a bottle of wine. Back then the wines were French, Italian, German; the classic places that have been taken down a step by…

Cinnamon Rolls (Kanelbullar)

I learned about this recipe from my boyfriend, who comes from a Swedish and German heritage. This recipe is from the Swedish side, he makes it for me on St. Lucia day, a holiday commemorating St. Lucia saving a village from starvation and it is the first day of Christmas in Sweden. My boyfriend tells…

Fried Rice

I grew up eating rice because, for whatever reason, my mother loved to make rice for my brother and I to eat for any meal. Of course the way she made it was more akin to having bread or potatoes to go with French style roast chicken and gravy. I didn’t start making rice to…

Classic Manhattan

When I first started drinking hard drinks, I had no idea what the classics were. I owe a lot of thanks to my boyfriend and his family for giving me a basic education in what a cocktail should be, and I would like to share some of what I’ve learned with everyone. I personally believe…

Pasta with Red Sauc

   Whenever I crave something Italian I’m usually craving this pasta dish. It is one of those classics that I wanted to learn how to make, rather than relying on some pasta sauce out of a jar. The results are better by far, and I’d like to share with everyone my not so hard rules…

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

These brownies are another gift from my mother. Naturally I urge everyone to resist the temptation to eat the entire pan in one sitting. A friend of mine in college, who was always watching her weight, ended up about halfway through the pan before asking me how much butter I used and stopping abruptly. A…

Brussels Sprouts with Soy-Vinegar Glaze

When I started out to write this blog, my boyfriend warned me that naming my recipe “best Brussels sprouts evah” would not be a good idea. Not that I was going to! Even so, these are delicious and provide a nice alternative to simply drowning them in butter, which I admit is totally an option….