• Persimmon pudding

    With its warm fall flavors, a hint of cinnamon, and creamy texture persimmon pudding is a delicious dessert everyone should try.

  • Turkey Neck Gravy

    This turkey neck gravy recipe is a simple way to make gravy when you're grilling or smoking a turkey and don't have any pan drippings.  

  • Mushroom, Onion, and Sage Stuffing

    This mushroom, onion, and sage stuffing recipe is a great companion for roasted or grilled chicken, turkey, and pork dishes.

  • Using fresh herbs creates a more interesting turkey

    A delicious way to cook a turkey is on the grill with fresh herbs.  The secret to grilled turkey is brining it overnight, adding moisture and flavor, and using indirect heat to cook the turkey evenly.


  • Grilled Butternut Squash with Honey Maple Glaze

    Grilling butternut squash highlights the squash's natural sweetness while crisping up the outside.  Add a honey maple glaze with a little char and you have a delicious squash recipe worth eating all year long.

  • Brushing Brussels sprouts

    A simple way to create an eye-popping presentation is to serve roasted Brussels sprouts still on the stalk. The secret to this roasted Brussel sprouts recipe is how olive oil, lemon juice, and honey add flavor as the sprouts roast.

  • Honey almond ice cream is a perfect topping for fruit crisps.

    One of my favorite treats at the Minnesota State Fair is a honey and sunflower seed ice cream. It inspired this honey almond ice cream recipe that has the perfect combination of floral honey flavors and a touch of nuttiness.

  • Mountain Berry Crisp

    Mountain Berry Crisp brings strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries together to create a scrumptious dessert that shows off fresh summer berries. 

  • Grilled mushrooms are a great addition to summer meals

    What makes this grilled mushrooms recipe so delicious is how the lemon juice adds a hint of acid, brightening up the mushrooms, and how the olive oil helps the fresh rosemary and thyme stick to the mushrooms as they're grilled.

  • Cheesy polenta with asiago and parmesan cheese is a rustic Italian dish

    Cheesy polenta with asiago and parmesan cheese is a rustic Italian dish that is versatile enough to work as a quick side dish or take center stage in Italian feast.

  • Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

    Crispy hash browns and cheesy goodness come together to create this scrumptious cheesy hash brown casserole recipe.

  • Roasted Carrots with Rosemary and Fennel

    Roasting carrots with rosemary, thyme, and fennel is a great way to compliment the carrots' earthy goodness and create a healthy, delicious dish.  

  • The Boulevardier Cocktail

    The Boulevardier Cocktail is one of those classic cocktails that everyone should drink on a regular basis. Essentially, it's this wonderful combination of rye whisky, Campari, and sweet vermouth or what you'd get if a Negroni and a Manhattan had a baby cocktail.

  • A Perfect Manhattan

    The Perfect Manhattan gets its name from the equal amounts of sweet and dry vermouth in it.  Although it's no surprise that a drink named after Manhattan would have a variation that calls itself perfect.  

  • Cranberry Apple Crisp

    Tart cranberries, crisp apples, and a hint of orange come together to make a delicious Cranberry Apple Crisp. 

  • The grand dame all nicely tanned

    In my opinion, turkey, stuffing, spuds, dressing, beans are some of the easiest things you can cook for the masses of people that sit around your Thanksgiving table. This food is forgiving, nothing is too last minute and most basic cooks can get the meal together without too much fuss. It is the exact same menu every year and of course its good, but cooking Thanksgiving dinner bores me.

  • Wild Rice with Sauteed Peppers

    With an earthy Northwoods flavor, wild rice is a unique and under appreciated ingredient that is fantastic when its cooked right.

    What makes this wild rice recipe work is the combination of cooking the wild rice in a mixture of chicken stock and water and using the bacon to flavor the vegetables, which introduces all sorts of interesting and complimentary flavors.

  • Mulled Apple Cider

    This mulled apple cider recipe is simple to make, worth drinking all winter long, and is an easy treat to put out at parties during the holidays.

    You can smell great mulled cider long before you taste it.  Having a pot of apple cider on fills the air with spicy aroma of allspice, cinnamon, and cloves that makes it easy to understand why the spice traders traveled half way across the globe.