Milwaukee’s Best (Wine Bar That Is)

We headed north for our first real musical outing since 2019 – it’s really hard to believe! One of my favorite bands was playing at Summerfest in Milwaukee, and since the venue was requiring either a vaccination or a negative COVID test to get in, we thought “why not”! Milwaukee is one of my favoriteContinue reading “Milwaukee’s Best (Wine Bar That Is)”

Hidden (When They Say Hidden, They’re Not Kiddin’) Lake and Copper Dock Wineries

Some days girls just wanna have fun … and that’s the kind of day Sharon and I had when we decided to drive south of Springfield and venture to Hidden Lake and Cooper Dock Wineries. First of all, it was a beautiful day – really gorgeous! All of the heat and humidity, as well asContinue reading “Hidden (When They Say Hidden, They’re Not Kiddin’) Lake and Copper Dock Wineries”

Let There Be Brunch

Few things get me as excited as a good brunch – usually something sweet, something savory, and of course day drinking! Nancy was the hostess for this shindig, and nobody loves brunch more than her 🙂 Every good brunch needs a good drink (or two), so Nancy set up both a Mimosa and a BloodyContinue reading “Let There Be Brunch”

Movin’ to the Country, Gonna Eat a Lot of Peaches (and other Good Stuff)

I love this time of year – peak Farmer’s Market season – tomatoes, zucchini, and especially peaches. And when I think of peaches, I can’t help but think of this song by The Presidents of the Unites States 🙂 We wanted to choose a cookbook that would highlight local ingredients from the farmer’s market, andContinue reading “Movin’ to the Country, Gonna Eat a Lot of Peaches (and other Good Stuff)”

Drinkin’ With (Abe) Lincoln in Menard County

Petersburg and the surrounding area has always been one of my favorite places to visit. It is a short drive (around 30 minutes) from Springfield, and is the home to New Salem, where Abraham Lincoln lived as a young man. It is definitely worth checking out! There are several things to do in Petersburg andContinue reading “Drinkin’ With (Abe) Lincoln in Menard County”

Illinois Amish Country (and a Stop at a Winery)

We decided to go east and travel to Arthur, home to the largest and oldest Amish community in Illinois. Arthur is about an hour and a half from Springfield, and we wanted to get there for lunch. If you are eating lunch in Arthur, and a first time visitor, you really need to go toContinue reading “Illinois Amish Country (and a Stop at a Winery)”

Chatham to Medora

I’ll be the first to admit, 2020 may not have been the best year to retire if your plan was to travel extensively. And that was my plan. And even though we are still in the pandemic, it was time to start venturing outside of my small bubble. Instead of hopping on a plane orContinue reading “Chatham to Medora”

No Reservations About Rao’s Restaurant

My midwestern family has a connection to the famous Rao’s Restaurant in New York City. Not a strong enough relationship to ever get a reservation mind you, but it is a good story. My mom was adopted as a baby, and in the course of discovering who her father was, she befriended a lady namedContinue reading “No Reservations About Rao’s Restaurant”

Cioppino in the Garden

“Summertime … and the living is easy …” This is how I feel this year! So good to be out and about, socializing with friends. This is not a “typical” Cookbook Club event, but since there were two members present, and a whole slew of fabulous cooks coming, I wanted to highlight our friend Jacob’sContinue reading “Cioppino in the Garden”

An Early Father’s Day Lunch With The ‘Rents

Technically, this does not fit the format or rules for Cookbook Club. But it was another gathering with a couple of fantastic recipes that I wanted to share, and did include half of the Cookbook Club. This year we had to move up our Father’s Day Celebration since my mom is having surgery. One ofContinue reading “An Early Father’s Day Lunch With The ‘Rents”