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About Rivertree kitchen

I am a freelance editor with a specialty in cookbook editing. I've written two small cookbooks (50 Best Sundaes and 50 Best Cookies) and have edited more than 200. Despite my immersion in recipes, my favorite way to cook is to see what's in the fridge and wing it. I live with my husband and two dogs in rural Wisconsin. Husband (Tom) and son (Luke) are talented cooks themselves. All the photographs in this blog are my own creations. I'm a neophyte in the world of food photography (as if you couldn't tell), but I still claim blushing ownership of the pix you see here. If you want to reprint them (I can't imagine why), please give credit, if for no other reason than to pass on the blame.

Dijon-glazed chicken wings

I’ve never been a fan of wings. They’re usually too greasy and often drenched in a less-than-stellar barbecue sauce. Fatty, soggy chicken skin is something I usually remove, so wings just seemed like too much work and mess for the tiny bite … Continue reading

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Sesame seed ciabatta

What on earth did we do before Pinterest? Pinners have supplied solutions to household mini-disasters, inspiration for our kitchen and bath remodels, and most often, great recipe suggestions. I found this ciabatta recipe from Traci Cooks in Austin and decided to … Continue reading

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Cream cheese and chive won tons

8 oz. cream cheese (light, if you wish), softened 2 tbs. heavy cream (or half-and-half) 1/4 cup minced chives 1/4 cup grated parmesan pinch of salt 18-20 won ton wrappers (or 4-5 egg roll wrappers, cut in quarters) 2 tbs. … Continue reading

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Asparagus-prosciutto rolls

Spring is actually here! I prefer to take the higher road here; we still have a few stubborn patches of snow in our yard. Around here, spring means asparagus. I know people who hunt for wild asparagus along country roads. I … Continue reading

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Crisp and creamy white bean tortilla rolls

Now that Greek yogurt is available darned near everywhere, I’ve been experimenting with its savory side.  I’ve used it instead of sour cream in ranch dressing. I’ve whisked it with a touch of mayo and a spoonful of dijon mustard to … Continue reading

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Potato-ham gratin with shallots and cheddar

Here’s what I dream of lately*: Gentle ocean breezes. The scent of lilacs in full bloom. The warmth of the sun on my face. My whole face, not just the tip of my nose, which is the only exposed body … Continue reading

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uber-broccoli soup with cheddar

I apologize for posting two soups in a row, but this is soup season, isn’t it? This is one of the first recipes I created when I moved to Boston after college. It’s evolved over the years, but remains one … Continue reading

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Tomato-white bean soup with chicken

A cause for celebration: our small town has, for the first time, a winter farmers’ market. We can get lovely cold-storage vegetables, home-canned goods, breads, and locally raised meats. We’ve been thrilled to have access to beautiful organic chickens. I’ve … Continue reading

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Cheddar and black pepper skillet focaccia

A mild Pinterest addiction can really come in handy. My current hairstyle, our recently painted beet-red front door, the necklace I made and am wearing right now — all courtesy of ideas found on Pinterest. Mostly I pin recipes.  One-Hour … Continue reading

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Lemony parmesan white bean dip

It’s great to have a few stellar appetizers you can whip up at the last minute from the stash in your pantry and fridge, especially at this time of year. It’s also terrific to have a few tempting and healthy … Continue reading

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