Famiglia Meschini Pinot Noir

by kara on November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving is fast approaching!   To me and many others, that means putting together a menu and finding a few bottles of wine that compliment a meal full of various dishes.  In that search for a food friendly wine, I often look to my favorite red wine,  Pinot Noir.  This year, I’m bringing a Famiglia Meschini Pinot Noir to share for […]


Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

by kara on November 9, 2012

How can it be November already?  October just went by in a flash.  As the days get shorter and a bit colder, cooking at home is much more appealing.  The markets are full of different varieties of squash right now.  Of all the kinds of squash, spaghetti squash has always been my least favorite.  It’s just not […]


Well, hello there.  It’s been a long time.  Apparently I took some time off from blogging for the summer.  Life got crazy. Trips, parties, concerts, beach, pool, and family time took priority.  Now that Jack is off to kindergarten, my schedule is a bit less hectic.  It’s a relief! I’m back to searching through cookbooks and magazines for inspiration.  […]


Decked Out Burgers

by kara on July 21, 2012

Decked Out Burgers.  What more can I say?  Well, I guess I could tell you about the bacon, cheese, portobello mushrooms topping.  Ridiculous, right?  I went through a phase in college when I didn’t eat meat. I know, what was I thinking?  However strict I was with this meat-free diet, I couldn’t resist eating Decked Out […]

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Brittlebush Brunch

by kara on March 8, 2012

We went to Vail, CO last week for a much needed get-away celebration with friends.  Friends came from ND, MN, NY, and CO.   We woke up to Brittlebush Brunch on the first morning and quickly learned that Molly (who lives in Brooklyn, NY) is one awesome cook in the kitchen.  I’ve never had an egg dish quite like this.  I took one […]

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The stomach flu hit our entire family hard last week.   We were forced to postpone our Valentine’s Day dinner until we got our appetites back.  It was worth the wait. We kept our menu simple: Filet Mignon, Creamy Poltenta, and  Brussels Sprouts with Lardons and Candied Pecans.  Dinner was lovely and delicious.  I had to share the recipe for Brussels […]


    I’m recovering from foot surgery and not able to move around much in the kitchen.  This means we’ve been cooking simple meals.   Last week’s weather was perfect for pot roast.  I’m normally not the biggest fan of pot roast and thought adding bacon might change my mind.   It certainly did, proving once again that everything […]


Spinach Salad with Bacon and Eggs

by kara on May 23, 2011

My very close girlfriend, Mia, is getting married in September. She and 2 other girlfriends visited over the weekend for a co-ed bachelorette celebration.  We had a fabulous time.  Very little sleep combined with lots of giggling, eating, drinking, and dancing.  We had a big BBQ bash at our house following an afternoon of Pedal Pubbing.   We made […]

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Bean and Bacon Soup

by kara on March 31, 2011

The calendar says it’s spring.  The birds are chirping outside, and the snow is melting.   And yet  I’m still in search for comforting, hearty meals to warm me up.    This soup is always a winner with my guy.  I don’t know any man that doesn’t like bacon.   In an effort to use what was in my fridge, I used […]


Corn Chowder with Bacon, Shrimp, and Fennel

by kara on December 20, 2010

Corn chowder.  We love it at our house.  I’ve tried various recipes. . .Ina Garten has a winner.  This one may have Ina beat.  This one is an adaptation of  “Shrimp and Corn Chowder with Fennel” from Real Simple.  I did change it up quite a bit, adding turkey bacon,  a sweet potato instead of yellow or red potato, and used 2% milk instead of […]