Everything

“I want everything,” I found myself saying to the friendly Delta flight attendant. Because I can fly standby for free (thanks to the perk of having my stepdaughter Lauren as a Delta employee), I often find myself sitting up front on the plane. One thing about me is that I am ridiculously motivated by free…

Because It’s Father’s Day

Father’s Day can be one of those bittersweet holidays. I’ll start with my sweet, this guy… He’s been carrying those two since they were born. He always shows up, constantly sacrifices for their behalf, is spontaneous and fun, and is such a great model of hard work and ingenuity. I am daily grateful for the…

A Cookbook Story…With Recipes

Once upon a time I wrote a cookbook with my husband Robert. We received a nice advance, a tight deadline and a new laptop. I toiled on the content, staying up late after serving guests nightly at Krause Dining. We turned in our manuscript on time – all 300 recipes. We were told months later…

Let’s not be reasonable…

I cut out a quote years ago from Gourmet magazine written by Ruth Reichl that is taped to my computer in my office. It reads: “Moderation in all things is a mantra we’ve been hearing a lot about of late. It is healthy. It is sane. It is morally correct. It is also very boring….

New Beginnings

I’d love to write more, but I’m busy – The Burger Stand at College Hill in Topeka is open! Meet Sam, our proud first customer on Thursday night. Thank you Topeka for the opportunity – we are feeling your love!

‘Tak’ for Reading This

I don’t know about you but I generally like to keep my insecurities lurking below the surface of everyday life. Sure, a whif of the cologne a high school boyfried wore (the one I bought for his birthday the week before he dumped me) may dredge back adolecent feelings of insecurities, but usually I avoid…

Reading & Cooking

I suppose that if I tallied up all of the hours I have spent in the activities that make up my life, reading and cooking would be towards the top of the list. I have found refuge, stimulation, and inspiration through the pages of books since childhood. I’ve only recently been able to see some…

Oh, the things you say!

Am I the only one who talks to their food? I don’t mean expressions about food that are said out loud – like “Man, that looks disgusting” or “I really want to eat that entire cherry pie”. In my limited research I asked Robert if he talked to his food. His response was, “uh, no”….

Reflections on a kitchen in progress

Robert and I are finally remodeling the kitchen in our home, the kitchen that once served 30 people an evening a 7 course meal, but sadly for the better part of this last year has most consistently produced a daily pot of coffee. I had forgotten how a sense of order can contribute to feeling…

Cookbook Press

I know, I know, this cookbook is all I seem to be talking about. I can’t help it – it is so exciting! This has to one of the best expressions of delayed gratification that I have experienced. Writing the book was HARD and the work has been done for months now. Now that the…