Grilled Cheese Margherita

Grilled Cheese Margherita

I read somewhere that the difference between a cook and a chef is that a cook follows the recipe and a chef experiments with the recipe. To me, grilled cheese sandwiches seem the perfect way to do a little experimenting and try your hand at being a chef. This particular grilled cheese recipe is a […]

A-Mah-Zing Quiche

A-Mah-Zing Quiche

Have you ever walked into your kitchen, gotten creative with an old recipe (maybe so you could use up the odds and ends in your fridge), taken the first bite of that creation, and realized that you just accidentally made something A-MAH-ZING!!? To the point that you want to stand up on your kitchen table […]

Orange Thyme Chocolate Cake (aka Christmas Cake)

Orange Thyme Chocolate Cake (aka Christmas Cake)

When I was growing up, we celebrated Christmas with, among other things, stockings hung by the chimney with care. While I have a hard time remembering what all was in those stockings, there is one item I definitely remember: a round, ripe orange. The orange was always stuffed into the toe and was usually the very last thing to be discovered in a […]

Zesty Italian Dressing

Zesty Italian Dressing

If you’ve visited us this month at an indoor farmers’ market or holiday show around Iowa, then you probably know about our brand new infused vinegar featuring jalapenos grown in our garden. And if you’ve tasted said jalapeno vinegar, then you probably know it’s one amazing infusion! I infused our peppers into a sweet white balsamic, which means this vinegar rocks […]

Pickle Creek’s “Company” Salad

Pickle Creek’s “Company” Salad

I call this simple salad Company Salad because it’s the one I serve whenever I have company coming over for dinner. At various other times I’ve called this dish Garden Party Salad, Sunday Dinner Salad, and Mother-in-Law Salad. Whatever the name, the theme is the same: This is a salad to impress.   The variations on this salad are as […]