Summers always mean a few things: I’ve got weddings to go to (only 8 this year) and that I put all fancy restaurants, wine and trips to the farmers market on hold so that I can spend my weekends at Camp Endeavor.

Now it may sound like I’m complaining and I surely do my fair share of it, but I’ll gladly trade wine for a bunch of hormonal teenagers. (Hey, I never claimed sane) These kids mean the world to me and agreeing to spend a month with them can sometimes feel like a wedding vow – through thickness and thin – but nothing can beat seeing kids who struggle with weight and self-esteem laughing with new friends, running to the lake and trying new foods.

I can’t wait to share more of this experience with you, we’ve got a great one coming next week!

SONY DSC

grilled bruschetta

An appetizer that just screams summer to me is bruschetta. Once the tomatoes are good (ie not mushy and tasteless like they are in January) you can be sure that bruschetta is showing up on our plates on a regular basis. Always partial to my Mother’s recipe, although my friend Anna makes a delicious version with mozzarella, simplicity is key

Read more…

SONY DSC

orzo salad with zucchini & feta

Orzo is not as easy to find as one might expect. Maybe Minnesota has too much Norweigen influence and prefers lefse over orzo but once I finally tracked some down, the hope of finding a whole-grain version was long gone. As long as I left the store with orzo, I would worry about fitting in whole-grains later. I wanted

Read more…

3000950461_5462af0130

entertaining: how to plan a cocktail party

By no means am I claiming to be an expert, but throwing and attending cocktail parties is one of my favorite things to do! I think it has a little to do with my love for hors d’oeuvres but it can also be easy to build a healthy meal with cocktail party fare, while enjoying

Read more…

DSCN3799_452

herbed goat cheese with edible flowers

I believe that my food and meals should not only taste great and be made from real ingredients but should also look great. I give great consideration to how food looks and how I plate meals, and in case you needed anymore reasons to eat fruits and veggies, it is those fresh foods that always

Read more…

SONY DSC

a better nacho

This summer at Camp Endeavor I will be leading a lot of cooking classes and I couldn’t be more excited! Last year we made Spring Rolls and they were a big hit, I love seeing kids try new foods and enjoy things they don’t think they will. I wanted to test out some new recipes

Read more…

SONY DSC

entertaining:butter & salts

A few years back, I met the tasters sister Amy at a great little wine bar in Chicago and one of the items that we had was butter with various salts. I’ve never forgotten how delicious it was and I’ve been building my salt collection ever since. When the truffle salt made its way into

Read more…