Ready in 30 minutes because Colavita does most of the work for you in this kid friendly Spaghetti and Meatball Soup. Combine one of the premium all-natural tomato sauces with chicken stock and a few other ingredients to create a delicious soup that’s simply perfect.

Spaghetti and Meatball Soup

Soup for you! Do you love soup like I love soup?  Whether for lunch or dinner, soup is one of those hearty and filling meals that you can feel good about eating.  Personally, I like the anticipation of making the soup.  Sort of like that holiday meal you wait all day to enjoy.  And the process.  I love the process! Setting out all the ingredients. Peeling, slicing, chopping. A little … [Read More...]

Sea Salt and Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

8 Easy Holiday Treats You Need To Make Now!

I've made my list and checked it twice. Chocolate fudge Caramel Warm puddings Buttercream by the spoonful Ice cream Anything sweet, salty, crunchy Cookies Cakes Cream puffs... It's that time of year when I begin to crave … [Read More...]

Love risotto but hate the cooking process? Try our baked version of this classic dish for a perfect weeknight meal that’s ready in about an hour!

Creamy Baked Roasted Pumpkin Risotto

Contrary to popular belief, risotto isn't that hard to make.  It is, however, a bit time consuming and takes patience, but it's not difficult.  What?  You have no patience or time and you just want to eat?  Well, I have a delicious solution for you … [Read More...]

Perfect with a cold glass of milk, 3 kinds of chocolate make these gorgeously delicious crinkle cookies with a sweet sprinkle of powdered sugar. Photo credit:

Triple Chocolate Red Velvet-Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

So now that Thanksgiving is behind us, let's keep the celebration going enjoy some more festive indulgences.  With so much going on this time of year, I'm all about simplifying things as much as possible.  Take these Triple Chocolate Red … [Read More...]

The traditional grain of the Mediterranean, farro is a hearty grain that was a mainstay of the daily diet in ancient Rome. Its nutty flavor and chewy texture works perfectly in our Farmer’s Market Farro Salad that gets a delightful hint of sweetness from strawberries.

Farmer’s Market Farro Salad

Have you tried farro? In a world of quinoa this and quinoa that, I thought it was time to shine a little light on one of my favorite grains. Farro. Farro is an ancient grain that has been around for centuries and has even been found in … [Read More...]

This irresistible and versatile dessert can be madein advance and baked in the oven or on the grill just before serving. Oats and nuts add texture and crunch complimenting the juicy fruit filling. Cast iron cooking at its finest!

Sweet Cherry Crisp with Almond-Crumb Topping

Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer so why not take your grill out for one last whirl?  Would you believe me if I told you that you don't even have to turn on the oven to make this Fresh Sweet Cherry Crisp with Almond-Crumb Topping?  … [Read More...]

A wine based cocktail from Spain and Portugal, the makeup of this fruity drink varies greatly. Sangria almost always contains fresh fruit, vodka or brandy, and a sweetener ranging from orange juice to honey. With such a wide range of possibilities, I set off to make a lighter version containing fresh summer berries that I’ve been enjoying from this year’s garden.

Summer Berry Sparkling Sangria

Sangria. saŋˈɡriːə saŋ-ˈgrē-ə San-GREE-a! Have you tried it?  However you say it, put this on your end of summer to-do list. A wine based cocktail from Spain and Portugal, the makeup of this fruity drink varies greatly.  Sangria … [Read More...]

Tender al dente orzo pasta with an addictive lemony vinaigrette makes for a scrumptious summer salad. The perfect make ahead dish for picnics or potlucks. Summer Orzo Salad with Fire Roasted Corn & Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette |

Summer Orzo Salad with Fire Roasted Corn & Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette

Summer's sultry heat is here to stay awhile and that means one thing:  Gardens and farm stands everywhere are bursting at the seams with fresh fruits and vegetables.  If you have a garden, even a small one, chances are you have more than you need … [Read More...]

Zinnias are of the easiest annuals to grow from seed, are heavy bloomers, and come in a variety of colors and sizes from which to choose. Since they don’t like to be transplanted, simply sow directly in the garden after the danger of frost has passed. Colorful fusia zinnia perfect for a summer garden.

Garden Primer: Mad About Zinnias

It’s that time of year when I start taking stock of how the garden performed this year and what I need to change, adjust, adapt, and amend.  While good soil, sunshine, and water are necessities of a successful garden, one thing that’s often an … [Read More...]

Better than coffee shop muffins hot out of the oven in less than 30 minutes? Sign me up! Trade the butter for olive oil to elevate the taste and create a super moist texture.

Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins with Pecan Streusel Topping

It's blueberry season here at Kraemer House and, after several years of nurturing the fickle bushes, I'm happy to report that they are looking great and producing nicely.  I've loved blueberries long before they became so popular.  I'm old so that's … [Read More...]

Early Summer photographic highlights of this delightful backyard garden.

How Does Your Garden Grow? | Early Summer, 2015

Blink and you miss it. Subtle changes in the garden occur throughout the day and I often find myself watching nature's showstopping display while accomplishing nothing.  I know this time is fleeting and I want to soak it all in.  It's ridiculously … [Read More...]