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My name is Tony and I reside in West Fargo, ND.  I am an ardent home cook who delights in good, sensible food.  All of my cooking knowledge has come from four sources:  working at the Grand Lux Cafe (in Chicago) and at Granite City Food and Brewery (in Fargo, ND), home experimentation, cookbooks, and the Food Network.  My culinary heroes are Alton Brown and Bob Okura.  My original intent was to solely blog about what I was cooking at the time but I have tried to branch out and write about other things.  I promise no specific content in the future except that, as probably is the case with most bloggers, I will write about what’s interesting to me at that moment.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope I see you here again.

Lastly, here’s a picture of me:


My name is Katelyn.  I am a Mass Communications Graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.  My interest in great food comes from my years of experience serving in restaurants, reading cookbooks and foodie magazines, watching culinary television and of course spending time in the kitchen with my husband, Tony.  No longer in the food service industry, I have moved to a customer service role at the same company Tony works for.  Together we are raising a beautiful and smart 2 year old girl and anxiously awaiting the arrival of our baby boy coming in June.  I am living the life I love and definitely loving the life I live!  In my free time (which seems to be very limited these days) I love to spend time in thrift stores, doing craft projects, posting on our blog and have even begun to get my feet wet with my sewing machine!  Just a short time ago the blog was largely about food and cooking but  is now slowly being taken over by fabulous finds, motherly thoughts, and crafts.  We promise not to let it get out of control –  after all, we still love to cook and eat!

Thank You for Reading – Katelyn.


Our Beautiful Family:



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  1. Sadie-O / Jun 24 2007 8:54 am

    You’re a wonderful cook! I wish I had more time to enjoy it.

  2. ywrites / Jan 4 2008 11:08 am

    Cool blog, I’ve added you to my Blogroll!


  3. Tony / Jan 4 2008 12:29 pm

    Thank you, Yasmeen.

  4. Eric / Jan 8 2008 8:20 pm

    Tony – have you ever heard of a recipe for chicken meatloaf?

  5. Tony / Jan 9 2008 8:28 am

    I have not heard of chicken meatloaf but I don’t see why it couldn’t be done. In some respects, there might be some advantages to using chicken as it “takes” other flavors more easily than the traditional beef and pork. My chief concern with it, however, would be that the chicken would not have enough fat in it keep the meatloaf moist.

  6. Buzznet / Mar 11 2008 6:03 pm


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  7. Robert Okura / Aug 18 2008 12:01 am

    Hi Tony,

    I happen to come across your website this evening, and was pleasantly surprised by some of the things that you had to say. Thank you very much for including me in your list of “culinary heroes.” I consider that to be quite an honor, and I’m truly grateful to you for holding me in such high esteem. Perhaps someday we’ll be able to cook something chicken meatloaf. You are quite correct about the questionable fat content of such a recipe. Luckily, there are several delicious ways of resolving that issue (mushroom “duxelles”, goat cheese, duck fat, etc.).

    In the meantime, I will continue to work hard and to do my best to be worthy of your kind words of praise.

    Sincerely, and with much appreciation,


  8. Tony / Aug 25 2008 8:59 am

    Thanks so much for the kind words, Mr. Okura. It would be a thrill to be able to cook with you.

  9. nathan / Oct 31 2008 12:20 pm

    Hey Katelyn, its your uncle. Hows it hangin?!

    Liz and I have been cooking up some fun fall dishes. It’d be hip to share them with you. Whats the best way? I got emailif you wanna respond to that.

    caio for now

  10. joydee / Dec 8 2008 9:46 pm


    you both are adorable, and i love the tone of your entries. and how neat is it that a hero stopped by to say, hello, too?!

    anyway, i have a foodie-blog crush on tony. he’s too cute in his comfy clothes and a smile cooking up sweet treats. hey, tony, you make me smile, too!

    anyway, thanks for your efforts, and happy safe holidays to you both.

    keep up the good work!

    p.s. i just made the ATK brown sugar cookies, and am eating now as i type this. you were right, great recipe!

  11. kalyn / Jan 11 2009 8:03 pm

    We have enjoyed your blog and recipes. Today we tried your scones and were very pleased.

    We wonder if you have tried to make flatbread pizza. We see that you once worked at Doolittles and they have one on their appetizer menu. We would like to try to make it at home. Do you have suggestions?

    Thank you.

  12. caroline persson / Jan 20 2009 12:08 am

    Hello, First of all I want to say that we share our two culinary inspirations,, ALTON BROWN AND BOB OKURA, I just want to say that I have had the pleasure to work with Bob on several occasions and just like his post he embodies genious and yet so humble at the same time. Anyway I hope to catch up with you again in the future Bob.

  13. Hilary / Jan 31 2009 7:36 pm

    You guys are so wonderful! I love the mixture of cultures and food preferences. And the Christmas cookies are to die for. Wish I had found you BEFORE xmas! xoxoxox from a fellow home cook (no professional training or experience)

  14. Kim / Feb 11 2009 7:06 pm

    I am looking for a recipe for the Granite City scones that are served for brunch. We loved the white chocolate raspberry scones, as well as the apple cinnamon scone and blueberry scone. Is there any way to find these recipes? thanks!

    • Julie / Sep 19 2010 7:14 pm

      I am looking for the Raspberry White Chocolate Scone recipe from Granite City too! They are wonderful. Have you found a recipe that comes close?

      • Tandra / Oct 14 2010 2:31 pm

        Have you found a recipe for the scones at Granite City? We are totally in love with them b/c most scones don’t even come close the texture and flavor of the ones there! Please share if you find out and thanks:)

  15. Uncle Jim / Mar 2 2009 10:12 pm

    See we read your blog, your picture looks like you need to lay off the cupcakes and eat more meat, ha ha !!

    Your favorite uncle,


  16. Corie / Apr 10 2009 9:02 am

    I am excited for Baby to arrive!

  17. brenda Landers / Jun 5 2012 7:32 pm

    Hey Tony, I was in search of the Betty Crocker French Breakfast Muffin recipe and was so excited to find it on your blog!! I used to make these for my family of 5 children who are all adults now, and wanted to bake these for my 12 grandkids!! Thanks so much and I am looking forward to trying some of your other fave recipes. By the way you have a beautiful family! Brenda
    P.S. I live in Orland Park, Il. and absolutely love the Grand Luxe Restaurant. Wish that I got downtown more often!!

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