Cafe Balena

There is something purely satisfying to enjoy simple food prepared with amazing care and detail. Shrimp tempura with toasted mustard sauce.

Cinnamon Roll Biscuits 

Yes, biscuits! If you’re looking for a good, flakey, layered with butter, cinnamon and raisins biscuit lightly kissed with creamy, silk-like glaze – look no further!  Crazy menopausal cravings are worse than the pregnancy ones for me- sweet one minute salty, the next… moist (sorry Tyler) one bite, then crunchy the next… wonderful woes of…

roasted butternut squash and poblano risotto

risotto is almost done ~ if you can boil water and stir a pot, you can make risotto! Simple ingredients are magically transformed into luscious, creamy bites of this Italian staple. • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 onion, diced • 2 cups diced peeled fresh squash • 2 cups arborio rice • 6 cups…

A Summer Grill

Lazy days spent trying to overcome the intense heat – but for some reason, you just can’t bring yourself to stay indoors…  listening to the waves crash gently to the shore, then role back out like a tender lullaby- Laughing and playing with your family on the homemade “slip and slide” in the backyard- Working…

Pass It On…

I love when the kids call – ok, who am I kidding-) I love when the kids text or send a message asking about a recipe or simply how to make something for dinner –  Julia said it best- people who like food are simply the best people 💛

Happy Finger-Lickin’ Father’s Day!

So many great men to be honored this day – my Dad, my brother, my husband and son, and the numerous friends who have touched our lives, making a difference in one or all of our lives. This one is for you: Sweet- spiced rub 3/4 c dark brown sugar 1/2 t crushed red pepper…

Country living

Lazy days, filled with busy work- doing some old-fashioned, homey food stuff!  Bread baking with the slight vinegary scent of pickling… ahhh, simple life🌻

drunken beef

I take great pleasure in sharing a meal with family and friends. If I have every worldly possession stripped from me, I would move mountains to share my last crumb of bread – it is the best way I know to show my love and gratitude to those around me. If you care to join me…

asparagus cream soup

~ life as a military spouse certainly has its ups and downs. with the wrong color lenses, one might see the world as “one step forward, two steps back”… for most of us, we live a fantastic adventure. we don’t escape those ups and downs, we embrace and learn from them and find those among…

heidi’s bran muffins

these muffins come together quickly and make a lot – perfect for sharing, or perfect to make the batter Sunday night and have fresh baked muffins all week! these are a MUST try – not your usual cardboard bran muffin! enjoy ~ v 2 c boiling water 4 c bran flakes 2 c all bran…