Dinner is Coming



You know our words.
Dinner is coming.


I also keep a cooking blog, but I never keep up with it because I never have anything earthshattering to say. These are the meals that I make with links to the recipes whenever possible.

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Holiday Bark
I keep seeing peppermint bark in the holiday displays at grocery and specialty stores, and wonder who buys it. Bark is so easy to make! I decided to try a variation inspired by these pistachio/cranberry cookies since the flavor combo is delicious and green and red are code for the holidays.
The ingredients couldn’t be simpler: dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and pistachios. I like to include a thin layer of dark chocolate as the base when I make bark since white chocolate can be a little too sweet. Just melt your dark chocolate using a double boiler or in the microwave (30 seconds at a time @ half power, stir after every 30 seconds), spread a thin layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and let it cool in the fridge. While it’s cooling, chop your pistachios and cranberries then melt the white chocolate chips. I stirred the pistachios and cranberries into the white chocolate, then spread it over the cooled dark chocolate layer, but you could also press them into the still soft white chocolate layer if you wanted more red and green to show.

Holiday Bark


I keep seeing peppermint bark in the holiday displays at grocery and specialty stores, and wonder who buys it. Bark is so easy to make! I decided to try a variation inspired by these pistachio/cranberry cookies since the flavor combo is delicious and green and red are code for the holidays.

The ingredients couldn’t be simpler: dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and pistachios. I like to include a thin layer of dark chocolate as the base when I make bark since white chocolate can be a little too sweet. Just melt your dark chocolate using a double boiler or in the microwave (30 seconds at a time @ half power, stir after every 30 seconds), spread a thin layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and let it cool in the fridge. While it’s cooling, chop your pistachios and cranberries then melt the white chocolate chips. I stirred the pistachios and cranberries into the white chocolate, then spread it over the cooled dark chocolate layer, but you could also press them into the still soft white chocolate layer if you wanted more red and green to show.

kristenvasgaardillustrations:

Made this by request from Mom.

kristenvasgaardillustrations:

Made this by request from Mom.

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Peel and cube 1 butternut squash; toss with fresh sage, salt, pepper, and 1 tbsp each olive oil and balsamic vinegar; roast 30 minutes (until caramelized) @400 degrees; while squash roasts, steam baby spinach leaves, boil lasagne noodles, and make a cream sauce with sauteed onions, garlic, salt, pepper, sage and nutmeg; layer sauce, noodles, spinach, squash, mozzarella cheese; bake @350 25-30 minutes until bubbly and hot

Green salad w/ blue cheese dressing, German style potato salad and fresh kielbasa from my favorite meat market.

Green salad w/ blue cheese dressing, German style potato salad and fresh kielbasa from my favorite meat market.

Tasting at a wine and cider maker. Yummy!

Tasting at a wine and cider maker. Yummy!

Pizza, beer and cribbage. Happy Thursday everyone!
@ muddy rudder in Portland

Pizza, beer and cribbage. Happy Thursday everyone!
@ muddy rudder in Portland

One of my favorite fall dinners: baked acorn squash stuffed with sausage and apples.

One of my favorite fall dinners: baked acorn squash stuffed with sausage and apples.

I am having a very grown up snack.

I am having a very grown up snack.

Cowboy steak wrap at McMenamin’s.

Cowboy steak wrap at McMenamin’s.