Eileen Troxel

I grew up in the Amana Colonies in Iowa; a German community made up of seven villages, where gardening, cooking, and hand-made were the center of our lives. I went on to study fiber at the Kansas City Art Institute and for many years created one-of-a-kind, crocheted linen bags that were sold through galleries, museums, and boutiques across the country. I have also restored Oriental rugs, done graphic design, worked as a colorist, catered, consulted (on whatever...) and raised two beautiful daughters. I now spend my days in my kitchen baking and asking myself, "Why didn't I go to France and study pastry?" I am now making up for lost time, sharing with you what I love to do most in the kitchen.

Summer Tomato Risotto

Summer is the peak of tomato season. This summer tomato risotto takes advantage of the bright, fresh flavors of the tomato by letting it shine in this dish.

Almond Blood Orange Cookies

There’s nothing quite like the taste and aroma of Almond Blood Orange Cookies. It makes the perfect companion for a hot cup of coffee.


Traditional Grissini

Make the Italian yeast-raised breadstick to accompany a bowl or soup, antipasto, or enjoy with soft butter for a delicious snack.