Come for the Recipes . . . Stay for the Conversation
celebrating life & sharing stories around the kitchen table
Food isn’t just about taste, it is enhanced by what we see with our eyes, smell with our nose and feel with our heart — It is art on a plate . . .
I'm Glad You're Here!
I'm Marilyn - The Lead Muse
I’m a designer, photographer, and culinary storyteller who loves connecting inspiring people, places, ideas, and food. My kitchen is my creative playground, and the camera is my favorite tool! > Read More
Fresh Inspiration . . . Just Out of the Kitchen
recipes for every season
Cheese Plate & Bruschetta Bar Recipes
Picking, pairing and presenting a selection of cheeses, meats & toppings is easier than you think. Learn how to put together an interesting cheese plate.
Bacon & Sun-dried Tomato Jam
Easy to make, this sun-dried tomato bacon jam is irresistibly smokey, sweet, and savory too. If you love bacon, you’ve got to try this flavor exploding bacon jam!
Farmers Market Favorite
Perfect for all those fresh veggies now in season. Caponata is a sweet and sour eggplant dish that come to us from Italy. Make it ahead, and serve warm or cold as a perfect appetizer or savory side.
DESTINATIONS . . . You Gotta GO!
noteworthy places to put on your list — Kansas City and beyond
The Pacific Northwest
Seattle, San Juan Islands, Victoria, Vancouver & Whistler
What to see, where to stay, what to do, and where to eat! I’m sharing the inside scoop from my 10-day adventure traveling from Seattle to beautiful British Columbia.
Kansas City: Mesuggah Bagels
You gotta GO! It’s the destination for “crazy good” New York style bagels! A new and vibrant addition to the KC food scene, it’s where I found the inspiration for my latest recipes.
FOOD for Thought . . .
meanderings on life, change and the art of reinvention
2016: Starting Over
Taking Risks . . . Being Brave
As much as I enjoy the holidays, I am always anxious to start over. The arrival of the new year means I’m anxious to do a little soul searching and shedding, how about you?
LEARN HOW . . . Kitchen Minute Videos
tips, tricks and techniques to improve your kitchen confidence
Hungry For More?
recipes & posts you may have missed
Healthy Banana Muffins — I can't believe it's February! February makes me think spring can't be far, but I'm afraid that might be magical thinking on my part. My sister, who lives near the San Diego coast, complained the traffic was horrendous because of all the...read more
Homemade Marshmallows — If you've never had homemade marshmallows, you're in for a very special treat! Almost like magic, simple ingredients are transformed into a fluffy gourmet confection. They are a bit messy to make, but well worth the effort, and tastes better...read more
Asian Chicken Salad: Perfect For Any Season — I make this salad a lot during the summer, but back then my blog was just an idea and had not yet been born. So why share a salad recipe now, in a season seemingly dominated by the flavors of chocolate, peppermint and...read more
Reflecting the Season For me, salads are the domain of summer - cool and refreshing when the heat is on. But the minute the temps begin to drop into the 50's overnight - it's game on, as my kitchen heats up after a long summer hiatus. The crockpot is dusted off, the...read more
Apples Don't Fall Far From the Tree — An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away. That's a phrase the people spouted in a time before we used words like "health food". Those people weren't lying because apples are now categorized as one of the healthiest foods on...read more
Pumpkin, Cream Cheese, Cinnamon & Pecans. This recipe was inspired by a trip to Traders Joe's at the start of pumpkin season. I get giddy when it first arrives -- all my "pumpkin friends" are back on the shelf, if only for a short visit. One of my favorites is...read more
A Journey Without a Map — "It's in the not knowing that everything is still possible." This is what my friends call a "Marilynism"; a personal philosophy and a nugget of wisdom that I seem to dispense when a friend reaches out for support when life feels uncertain,...read more