My favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone has their favorite go-to recipes for sweets, right? After searching for years, and trying many different recipes, I have combined several into one that I just love for chocolate chip cookies. Cookies bake up nice and puffy, they are deliciously soft and stay fresh overnight. I like to make a batch […]

Rotisserie Style Chicken (Roast or Rotisserie)

This recipe works both with a rotisserie oven or roasted in a conventional oven. This recipe makes a juicy chicken with a crispy but sticky skin that gives so much flavor to the meat below. For the best results, prep your birds the night before and let ithem sit with the dry rub on all […]

Maple-Bourbon Glazed Chicken Breast

When I made this, I made sides of caramelized onion, hassleback sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli. It all came together very nicely.


2 thick chicken breasts, cut into 3 fillets (or, 6 smaller/thinner chicken breasts) Salt and pepper olive oil 2 tbBourbon 3tb Maple syrup 2 c chicken broth a few sprigs fresh […]

Week 9: The secret to heating your pan (and prevent food from sticking)

For some of you, this may not be huge news. But for me, it was a game changer in the kitchen. When you are self taught, you often miss out on these important techniques unless you take the time to learn. That’s what I’ve been focusing on for the past few years as I strive […]

Week 8: Making Maple Syrup

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Week 7: Hollandaise & Espagnole Sauces

Sauces are such an incredibly versatile thing. You could make a wide variety of meals from the same basic poultry or meat just by changing the sauce. You can make sauces to top vegetables and sides to switch things up. You can add your own personal touch and make your own family favorites.

Roasted Apple Chicken Thighs

This is a pretty easy dish that comes together quickly. I chose to de-bone the thighs because they would cook quicker (it’s pretty simple if you’ve never done it – youtube has plenty of videos).


8 chicken thighs, deboned and skinned Salt and pepper 1tb butter 1tb olive oil 4-5 cloves garlic, minced 5c […]

Waldorf Salad

This is such a delightful salad… Crunchy, sweet, crisp, juicy.A lot of flavor, texture and color in every bite!


1/2 c slightly toasted, chopped walnuts 1/2 c celery, sliced 1/2 c seedless grapes, halved or chopped 1 sweet apple, peeled, cored and chopped 3tb mayonnaise 1tb lemon juice salt and pepper to taste



Cider Braised Duck Legs

Ready to go into the oven!


4 duck legs, skinned salt and pepper 1tb olive oil 1 onion, finely diced 1 garlic clove, minced 1 carrot, peeled and sliced or diced 2 small sticks of celery, finely sliced 1-1/2 c apple cider 1tb vincotto 1 sprig thyme leaves




Vincotto is a “cooked wine” and from what I understand it’s made from overripe grapes and can be a lengthy process. This is a quicker method to obtain similar results. I used it in a duck recipe, and the remaining bit was so tasty I slathered it over a pan seared chicken breast.

You basically […]