This page will become my ‘recipe box’ for new recipes that I’m working on.  Check here to find out what’s cooking in my kitchen!

Smoky Salmon Chowder with Apple-Smoked Bacon, Corn, Fresh Thyme

Smoky Salmon Chowder with Apple-Smoked Bacon, Corn, Fresh Thyme

This salmon soup is a wonderfully hearty and healthy recipe that is great to battle off the winter cold. It ...

Marshmallow Creme Fudge

Marshmallow Creme Fudge

Oh, creamy fudge!! Does it not bring back tasty memories from childhood?? When I was growing up and making fudge, ...

Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Stuffed Mushrooms

Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Stuffed Mushrooms

These mushrooms caps may seem too difficult to make, but they aren’t! With only a few simple steps, create a ...

Summertime Greek Orzo Salad with Shrimp, Lemon, and Fresh Dill

Summertime Greek Orzo Salad with Shrimp, Lemon, and Fresh Dill

Shrimp is a low calorie, low-fat source of protein that pairs well with pasta, polenta, or grits. This recipe takes ...

Shrimp Cakes with Thai-Chili Sauce

Shrimp Cakes with Thai-Chili Sauce

The shrimp cakes with the chili lime cream sauce will be a hit for entertaining family and friends. Everything can be made ...

Chewy Pecan Squares with Wildflower Honey

Chewy Pecan Squares with Wildflower Honey

Fall is on the air and it’s time to think of warm and inviting foods, hence, amazing pecan squares! The ...

Horseradish Crusted Grilled Salmon Salad with English Cucumbers, Capers and Fresh Dill

Horseradish Crusted Grilled Salmon Salad with English Cucumbers, Capers and Fresh Dill

Instead of tuna salad for lunch or a light dinner, I decided to try a simple salmon salad. I have ...

Stuffed Gourmet Meatloaf with Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Olives and topped with Mozzarella Cheese

Stuffed Gourmet Meatloaf with Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Olives and topped with Mozzarella Cheese

Part of the “Dinners to Go” line-up from the Cafe, this wonderful dish makes an excellent choice for a dinner ...

Shrimp, Corn and Avocado Salad with Sherry Cilantro Vinaigrette

Shrimp, Corn and Avocado Salad with Sherry Cilantro Vinaigrette

This is a fantastic main dish to serve as an entree or on a buffet menu. It is best served ...

Minted Fresh Fruit Salad with Honey and Lime

Minted Fresh Fruit Salad with Honey and Lime

This recipe is a tried and true recipe from the days of Cafe Laurie.  It is one of the featured ...

Black Pepper Steaks with Red-Wine Vinegar, Lemon and Feta Vinaigrette

Black Pepper Steaks with Red-Wine Vinegar, Lemon and Feta Vinaigrette

Print Black Pepper Steaks with Red-Wine Vinegar, Lemon and Feta Vinaigrette Total Time: 20 minutes Category: Dinner Cuisine: Mediterranean Serving ...

Fresh Basil and Dill Parmesan Chicken Salad with Avocado

Fresh Basil and Dill Parmesan Chicken Salad with Avocado

Print Fresh Basil and Dill Parmesan Chicken Salad with Avocado Category: Lunch Cuisine: American Serving Size: 6 - 8 servings ...

White Bean Hummus with Edamame, Arugula Pesto and Fresh Basil with Honey Wheat Pita Chips

White Bean Hummus with Edamame, Arugula Pesto and Fresh Basil with Honey Wheat Pita Chips

These are a healthy and popular version of pita chips that flew out the door of the cafe. They are ...

Chicken, White Bean and Poblano Chili topped with Cilantro

Chicken, White Bean and Poblano Chili topped with Cilantro

Print Chicken, White Bean and Poblano Chili topped with Cilantro Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Category: Dinner Cuisine: Mexican ...

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Print Lavender Shortbread Cookies Cook Time: 30 minutes Category: Dessert Serving Size: 20 to 24 Cookies Ingredients 3/4 Lbs. Unsalted ...

Linguine with Swiss Chard, Roasted Red Peppers and Walnuts topped with Goat Cheese

Linguine with Swiss Chard, Roasted Red Peppers and Walnuts topped with Goat Cheese

This is a wonderful way to use Swiss Chard or other greens that are plentiful in the fall and winter months.  I love adding ...

Chocolate Mint Brownies with Walnuts

Chocolate Mint Brownies with Walnuts

I love using the garden in my recipes! Print Chocolate Mint Brownies with Walnuts Cook Time: 25 minutes Serving Size: ...

Sesame Sweet & Sour Aubergines

Sesame Sweet & Sour Aubergines

This dish is great served warm or at room temperature, but remember that it full of flavor and not for ...

Smoked Trout Dip served in Cucumber Cups

Smoked Trout Dip served in Cucumber Cups

This smoked trout dip is such a versatile appetizer. It can be served in the cucumber cups, as shown, or ...

Brown Sugar Cookies

Brown Sugar Cookies

The brown sugar cookies are from my mother’s side of the family. They were very Swedish and this recipe was passed ...

Almond Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Almond Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Print Almond Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing Category: Dessert Serving Size: 18 to 20 Large Cupcakes or 24 Medium ...

Homemade Granola for the Holidays!

Homemade Granola for the Holidays!

It’s December and I am thinking of what can be a handmade gift for the holidays that can be wrapped up and ...

Fountainhead Cookbook Book Club invites Laurie Bakke to join!

Fountainhead Cookbook Book Club invites Laurie Bakke to join!

Exciting news! The Fountainhead Cookbook Book Club has invited Laurie to join their group on a permanent basis. She is ...

A fresh garden salad for the chick-pea lovers!

A fresh garden salad for the chick-pea lovers!

Laurie has a special tomato and cucumber salad recipe with fresh Basil and Dill from her garden for those chick-pea ...

Laurie’s Pea Pleaser recipe in WNC Magazine

Laurie’s Pea Pleaser recipe in WNC Magazine

You may shell your summer peas on the porch with a bowl in your lap, or buy them cleaned from ...

Perfect sides for Grilled Summer Dishes!

Perfect sides for Grilled Summer Dishes!

What goes perfectly with Grilled Lamb Burgers, steak, and most other grilled summer dishes? Zesty Sweet-Hot BBQ Tater Fries & Grilled, ...

May is National Burger Month!

May is National Burger Month!

This is the time of year, with Memorial Day here, when we start thinking about the outdoors, gardens, grills and ...

April Trip to Tybee Island

April Trip to Tybee Island

I took a week off and traveled to Charleston, SC and Tybee Island in Georgia, just outside of Savannah. The ...

Mediterranean Marinade and Sauce for Spring Entertaining

Mediterranean Marinade and Sauce for Spring Entertaining

Spring is here and with it brings an abundance of ingredients to the table. The season opens with a splash ...

Lavender and Wildflower Honey Creme Brulee

Lavender and Wildflower Honey Creme Brulee

Have you ever tired Creme Brulee at home??  It’s a perfect dessert to impress your family on Mother’s Day!  We at Sage ...

Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine’s Day or Any Day

Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine’s Day or Any Day

The only thing better than a ripe strawberry is a chocolate covered strawberry! Chocolate covered strawberries are a classic Valentine’s ...

Grilled Guacamole with Fresh Cilantro, Toasted Cumin and Roma Tomatoes

Grilled Guacamole with Fresh Cilantro, Toasted Cumin and Roma Tomatoes

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and I’ve been thinking very hard about what to write about it. I could have ...

Spicy Time with Star Anise

Spicy Time with Star Anise

What spice is deliciously complex — sweet, mellow, and woodsy, with a warming kick? If you said star anise, kudos ...

Peas and Prosperity

Peas and Prosperity

Start the New Year with a dash of good luck! What better time to appreciate simple pleasures and well-being? What ...

Handcrafted Chocolate Truffles

Handcrafted Chocolate Truffles

Truffles are a practical chocolate confection to prepare, and they are much easier to make than many people think. In ...

Fondue for a Cozy Night

Fondue for a Cozy Night

Fondue is an ideal opener for parties, get-togethers and family dinners. Delicious, fun to make and simple to prepare, it ...

Homemade for the Holidays

Homemade for the Holidays

I shared my recipe for Crunchy Toffee Covered Pecans on Bold Life magazine’s website in November 2007. I’m sharing it ...

Simmering Holiday Potpourri

Simmering Holiday Potpourri

  While shopping this week, I came across cinnamon scented pine cones that smelled fabulous! Rather than purchasing them, I ...

Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Stuffing for Thanksgiving

This recipe has been handed down from my great-grandmother, to my grandmother, to my mother and now to me. I ...

Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

Do you need some dessert ideas for Thanksgiving? Below are five easy and scrumptious pie recipes that I’ve used repeatedly ...

A Hearty Soup Meal! Italian Sausage, White Bean and Pasta Soup

A Hearty Soup Meal! Italian Sausage, White Bean and Pasta Soup

It is soup time in the Bakke household.  We have cleaned out and defrosted refrigerators and freezers, trimmed and racked ...

Spring and Early Summer are Here!!!

Spring and Early Summer are Here!!!

I am back. I took the month of May and some of June off to recharge, rethink and take care ...

The Food Hound Begins Cooking Her Way through Laurie Bakke’s Cookbook

The Food Hound Begins Cooking Her Way through Laurie Bakke’s Cookbook

Thanks to Kate Brosnan for this awesome review of my Spanish Smoked Chicken Salad! Look for more to follow! We ...

Chocolate Covered Strawberries in Honor of Your Sweetie!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries in Honor of Your Sweetie!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  Today has been a busy one for sure…and if you’re like me, whipping up that romantic ...

Time for Granola!

Time for Granola!

The inspiration for this came to me on Super Bowl Sunday.  We were off to a friend’s house later in ...

Stuffed Gourmet Meat Loaf from Laurie Bakke’s Kitchen

Stuffed Gourmet Meat Loaf from Laurie Bakke’s Kitchen

Follow this link for Laurie’s Stuffed Gourmet Meat Loaf!

Meatloaf, Football and Sunday Afternoons!

Meatloaf, Football and Sunday Afternoons!

I took the opportunity last week to visit Poppies in Brevard, NC.  I had been there before, but I wanted to ...

Follow Instructions Carefully…And When All Else Fails, Have Fun!

Follow Instructions Carefully…And When All Else Fails, Have Fun!

Oh Saturday started off to be a busy day.  I was getting ready for my first book signing.  Did I ...

Indian Curried Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with White Beans and Italian Sausage

Indian Curried Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with White Beans and Italian Sausage

This is a complex soup.  Make sure to taste and adjust any seasonings.  If the soup has become too thick ...

Winter Veggies, Experimentation in the Kitchen & A Snow Storm!

Winter Veggies, Experimentation in the Kitchen & A Snow Storm!

  It’s funny how a recipe can come about. I went to the grocery store last Friday with everyone else ...