Thursday, March 29, 2012

Eat Here-Culinary Institute of America

Another place we ate while on our trip to Napa (I know it seems like all we did was eat, but we did also visit a few bakeries....) was the Culinary Institute of America in Helena. My parents had eaten lunch there and encouraged us to try it. The CIA is in a beautiful old winery

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Yellow Cake

The usual search for a recipe oftentimes includes many failed attempts to find the end result you are looking for.  I am often surprised at how completely fail some recipes are. We aren't just talking, 'oh, that's not as good as I expected',

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Honey Mustard Dressing

This recipe isn't anything spectacular, just a dressing that I have made over and over again. We have used it for salads and sandwiches, I believe it would be delicious on roast or poached salmon. An added bonus-its low-calorie (just don't tell anyone).
I wanted to include it here, in the archives, because I make it so often,

Friday, March 16, 2012

Eat Here-Bouchon Bistro in Yountville

Greetings from a tiny town in central California that is pretending to have a cool day by sprinkling a few raindrops here and there, but really belongs somewhere in Florida with its moisture-laden,  too-warm weather. I have been living in the land of low-carb for the last few days, and with another three weeks to go I am about to eat my shirt. I was looking at deb's knish recipe over here, seriously reconsidering any sort of a meal-plan that restricts carbs. I mean, really....what kind of an existence is that? And is it really worth it if I am going to make up for it as soon as this segment is over, by eating every carb-laden  item that has been simmering in the back of my mind for weeks on end? I don't know. Maybe I should just change my blog to "fat chef" and leave it at that.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Cocoa Layer Cake

Well, it has been busy the last few weeks. Pancake breakfasts, gourmet cupcakes, and a conference luncheon have kept us busy. We have tried a few delicious dinners, ones that I, of course, neglected to photograph. I have been thinking lately of just posting recipes that I have been frequently looking for, without any little blurb about the endless thoughts that float around in my mind. I also have three or four more

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Eat Here-Bottega

Last weekend found my husband and I in the beautiful Napa Valley. We had decided to take a trip away for our anniversary, a luxury we have not really been able to enjoy since our youngest son was born. His health difficulties have made us uncomfortable for leaving longer than about 24-hours. The last time we were in Napa my husband was taking a physical exam for the county sheriff's department,

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