recipes

Raiding Grandma’s Recipe Box for Savory Flavors

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when a family depended on the produce from the summer garden and the chickens and other fowl that populated the yard to feed everyone. Money was scarce and trips to the grocery or general store were carefully planned — not something you did on your way home…

Firing Up Pie & Friendships

Throwing a Neighborhood Pizza Party Making pizza and later enjoying the fruits of your labor is one of the best ways to connect. Knowing this, I gathered some of the neighborhood women — Jane McCracken, Haven Stuart and Erica Bruen — who did not know each other. My sister, Jana Morrison, was visiting from out…

A Little Sauce on the Side

Recipes for amazingly easy and tasty condiments Let me set the scene. It was the holiday season and our daughter, Lindsay, was home for a week. As we typically do on Saturdays, I had plans of whipping up a hot breakfast with huckleberry pancakes (berries I had frozen from the fall), bacon and lots of…

Baking Up Love

Christine Burley, Jilan Johnson & Joanie Swords Today I needed a bite of comfort. I am sitting at a table by the front window of Harper and Madison as the warm sun streams in. With headphones on, I am listening, by pure coincidence, to jazz guitarist Chris Standring play “Have Your Cake and Eat It”…

The Art of Entertaining

Easy Brunch for a Crowd On a cold Saturday morning, Kelli Christiansen gathers a few friends for a warm brunch. As an application engineer who trains and supports industrial controllers and equipment, and a wife and mother of Beckett, 4, and Aria, 2, she is, needless to say, busy. But Kelli always makes time for…

Dip & Sip

The perfect pair of biscotti & coffee The food world has some perfect pairings: beer and peanuts (and baseball), red wine and dark chocolate, tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, and coffee and biscotti. I was introduced to the coffee and biscotti culinary couple years ago in the Little Italy area of downtown Baltimore….

LIGHTS, CAMERA, EAT!

Cue Up Our Movie Inspired Cuisine This Awards Season I love movies! My first movie-watching memory is of “Snow White” in a theater with my mom in Waukegan, Illinois. As a small child, I remember watching through the sleeve of my jacket as the evil queen, appearing as an old woman, offered Snow White the…

Pleased as Punch

Make ahead delights sure to impress your guests Punch — a five-letter word that ignites images of festive celebrations. Any holiday gathering is just a little more lively and joyous with an inviting bowl, pitcher or warm pot of punch. This time of year when Montana’s winds and temperatures are less than inviting, a warm…

Classic Comfort Food in a Jiffy

What’s better than pasta & pie? When the summer months start to fade, the last thing you want to do is spend those golden hours in the kitchen. That’s why this dish is one to reach for when your family is yearning for some comfort food without a ton of effort. This recipe pairs the…

Tart & Sweet

Serving up the old school flavors of rhubarb Rhubarb – the oft forgotten treasure that allows us to dig deep into that family recipe box with recipes penned out longhand by grandmas and great grandmas. Despite its moniker as “pie fruit”, rhubarb is actually a vegetable. And, it’s one that’s rich in all things good…

The Bane & Blessing of the Garden Zucchini

4 Ways to cook up this plentiful garden gourd What garden vegetable is the most popular here in the U.S., low in calories, easy to grow and great raw or cooked in both savory and sweet dishes? The zucchini, of course. This summer squash, believed to have originated from Central America and Mexico, has been…

Campfire Fixins!

Fan the Flames, Feed your Family Whether it’s a weekend in Woodbine or ‘roughing it’ someplace in the Paradise Valley, summertime is synonymous with camping in our family. We can enjoy everything Montana has to offer during these long sunny days. Sitting around the campfire means time with friends, memories made and, of course, sharing…

Gooey Goodness

Brownies take a twist with sweet new flavors Here’s to you, Mrs. Palmer! Just in case you didn’t know it, Bertha Potter Palmer, a wealthy Chicago socialite had a desire for something different for lunch box fare. Thanks to her and an unknown pastry chef at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, we have an…

Serving Up Salmon

Deliciously marinated and served with family favorite side I absolutely love pasta and my dear family is kind enough to put up with my obsession. They even allow me to throw caution to the wind and mix it up with different sauces. Recently, I have been on a pesto kick. There are days when I…

Boxed, Sealed & Delivered

The Tasting Team gives mail order menus a try In the New Year, the old excuse of “I don’t have time to cook” can no longer be used. How much easier can making dinner be when all the ingredients show up in a box on your front door? Companies such as Wildtree, Blue Apron, and…

Make it a Meatless Monday!

Cut the fat without the flavor We all know what it means to have a healthy diet. We know how many calories we need to take in and how much water we need to drink to maintain a healthy weight. It takes an assortment of nutritious foods from all of the food groups — fruits…

A Montana Christmas with Prime Rib

Here in the land of beef, at the center of many Christmas feasts sits one tasty delight where the name truly says it all — Prime Rib. In all corners of Montana, a prime rib roast will be the crown jewel of many a holiday table. This cut of meat is the rib eye. It…

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