Blog by Laurel Lather

umami cafe

umami cafe

airport restaurants are usually thought of as a place to get sustenance and while away the hours when stuck between flights, but occasionally, you...

delectable leg of lamb…

delectable leg of lamb…

in many households, having leg of lamb for dinner is like roast turkey, only eaten once or twice a year, usually a seasonal treat…very seldom do you see it regularly stocked in the meat department of the local grocery stores…lucky for me, in my neighborhood there is...

for the love of Italian food

for the love of Italian food

many people have asked me if I’ve traveled through Europe yet…hope to answer yes someday, but for now I am happy to live with my romanticized vision of living in a small Italian village in a quaint stone cottage surrounded by gardens…taking a daily stroll to the...

gumbo stir-fry

gumbo stir-fry

I love this time of the year when the garden is starting to yield its bounty…the excitement of those first crisp cucumbers and juicy tomatoes is suddenly worth all the work and worry you have put into their existence…we all have our favorite dishes that we look...

cooking class: summer picnic favorites

cooking class: summer picnic favorites

one of the things I love about the Midwest is the changing of the seasons, along with the weather our appetites and food cravings adjust…now that summer is upon us, we eat lighter, utilizing all the fresh vegetables and herbs coming out of the garden…we make easy to...

time for morels

time for morels

when the lilac bushes blossom the foragers hit the woods in search of morel mushrooms…the hunters keep their sacred grounds secret to protect their prized delicacy, those that share their bounty are revered…this honeycombed fungi is cherished not only because of its...

best eats in Chippewa Falls

best eats in Chippewa Falls

the small town of Chippewa Falls is home to a surprising number of restaurants, ranging from quaint ice cream shops to Wisconsin favorite supper clubs, you can also find everything from family to fine dining…my first stop was like turning back the clock, returning to...

back to where it all began:                                          The General Store

back to where it all began: The General Store

life goes by quickly…I look in the mirror and see the image of my gramma staring back at me, yet in my mind I still see that spunky young woman just entering the culinary field of dreams, full of pith and vigor, ready to explore everything I could about food and wine...

prime boji

prime boji

once a year my husband, Doug, and I escape to Iowa to enjoy a lazy day cruise with friends on lake Okoboji…eventually the pontoon ends up tied to a restaurant dock, time to cool off over a cocktail and enjoy dinner with a view…this time we were introduced to a...