recipes

Doggone Good!

Give your pup some treats baked up with love I will admit it. I’m a dog person. I grew up with dogs. My husband grew up with dogs and we have always had one or two by our sides. Our dogs are family. Years ago, I started making my own dog treats after finding a…

Winter Warm-Up

Keep the chill at bay with these tasty vegan soups At home, my husband and I embrace a vegan style of cooking and eating. We call ourselves “flexitarians” or “convegans” (vegan when it’s convenient) as we cherish sharing a meal with friends and family who do eat meat and products derived from animals. We value…

From Our Kitchen to Yours

Give a little homemade goodness this holiday This holiday, spice up your gift giving with a little love from the kitchen. With all the lovely decorative tins and jars, homemade goodness can wow — not to mention tickle — the taste buds. I love homemade gifts because, with each gift, I feel as though I’m…

Feeding a Crowd with a Creative Flair

Adding a bit of spice to store-bought goodies What do you do when a crowd is headed to your house and you’ve lost your culinary mojo? Try making something ordinary the base for something creatively fancy. One trip to Costco sparked a whole slew of out-of-the-box inspiration. Spaghetti with marinara spun around a fork, and…

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…

Family Friendly Faves: Feeding a Crowd

Serve up this savory breakfast for the holidays When the holidays hit, does your evergreen-infused home turn into the ultimate bed and breakfast with family arriving from near and far? Never fear, when it comes to feeding a crowd, this family-friendly favorite will serve up a savory breakfast for many mouths. Make up this Eggs…

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…

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