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Ottolenghi Tomato Salad and More for a Girls Nite In

Ottolenghis Tomato, Onion and Roasted Lemon Salad

by Barbara Kiebel on August 18, 2014

I love having a group of my girlfriends over for good food, great cocktails and some time to relax and gab to our hearts content with no significant others or children in the mix. I’ve typically held a Girls Nite In like this every year for as many as I can remember except for last summer when I was ‘homeless’ and couldn’t see putting on my annual affair while I was living with friends waiting for my new home to be completed.  When I was asked if I would like to host an event by the folks with Veev Vodka to share their new Vita Frute ready to drink cocktails I thought the timing was perfect and my ‘almost annual’ event was planned. Take a Bigger Bite…

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The Gimlet Cocktail

The Gimlet Cocktail August 15, 2014

As much as I really love making cocktails, especially when friends are coming over, I would be lying if I told you that I bought special fruit and spent a lot of time mixing up something unique on an everyday basis. I like the ‘occasional’ cocktail when I’m here by myself but even then I […]

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Bananas Foster Ice Cream with a Rum Drizzle and Toasted Pecans

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One of my favorite desserts of all time are Bananas Foster Crepes which is sort of  unusual because I’m not normally a banana fanatic; I can usually give or take banana bread even but something about the combination of brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and rum sauteed bananas just does it for me. I usually save […]

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Favorite Summer Cocktails

Favorite Summer Cocktails August 8, 2014

I had some friends over to my home to bake with me on Tuesday; specifically to bake pies with me. Sandy was the more experienced pie baker so for her it was THE perfect pie crust; Ansh was here to make her first pastry crust pie. No novice to baking or cooking but pies were […]

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Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars August 6, 2014

My Grandma Bathe was the ‘pie’ Grandma. That was her forte and one of the many reasons I loved going to her house for holiday get togethers; she always had a wealth of pies making the sideboard in her dining room groan; made us kids groan too! I’ve inherited her rolling pin which I know […]

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Homemade Cherry Pie Filling

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling August 4, 2014

This post wasn’t planned this morning. I was making some homemade cherry pie filling from cherries I had bought last week in preparation for making fresh cherry pie bars (for Wednesday!). I was on the phone with a friend, mentioned what I was doing and she begged me to share my recipe. No begging required! […]

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Texas Bourbon Punch With Pink Grapefruit and Mint

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I hope you didn’t miss my Inaugural Progressive Eats event; a new series I’m spearheading with a group of food blogging friends. We’re bringing back Progressive Dinners but in a virtual way so each month between the dozen of us we’ll have a host who chooses a theme and prepares the main course and then […]

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Fresh Peach Pie with a Brown Sugar and Walnut Crumble

Fresh Peach Pie with a Brown Sugar and Walnut Crumble July 30, 2014

When I shared a Bing Cherry pie I made for a gathering of neighbors at a pie party last week I have to admit I saved the best for last. While that cherry pie was really good, for me it was this fresh peach pie that was the star. This is an All Colorado pie; […]

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The BEST Creamed Corn and A Progressive Dinner

BEST Creamed Corn July 29, 2014

Have you ever been a part of a progressive dinner party? They used to be hugely popular when I was younger but they’re not something I hear of much any more. Typically a dinner party with successive courses prepared and eaten at the residences of different hosts, they were always fun and because everyone cooked […]

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Cherry Mint Margaritas

Cherry Mint Margaritas July 25, 2014

I usually try to make the cocktails I do for Friday Cocktails ahead of time. Ideally a week ahead of time but the last few months I’ve been swamped with new house stuff; both indoors and outdoors and I’m lagging behind; I feel lucky to get a cocktail done on Wednesday or Thursday for a […]

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Perfect Pie Crust and a Fresh Cherry Pie

Perfect Pie Crust and a Fresh Cherry Pie July 23, 2014

What does that even mean; a Perfect Pie Crust? Until recently I wasn’t sure. I feel like I’ve spent years in search of what would be perfect for me and reminiscent of those my Grandma used to bake and yet they all fell short of expectations; it was that ‘flaky’ factor that remained forever elusive. […]

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Orange Creamsicle Cocktail

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail July 18, 2014

Every afternoon about 2pm I can hear the sound in the distance. It starts as a faint tinkle that you might confuse with the wind chimes across the street but it doesn’t take long to realize it’s a sound from my childhood heralding the ice cream man. I hadn’t heard that sound in years and […]

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Coors Beer Bread

Coors Beer Bread July 17, 2014

I’m bringing this post about Colorado Beer Bread out of archives today for one reason…I made this bread recently and when I decided I wanted to post about it I found I already had. Twelve years ago. No photos, just recipe. I have a lot of those from the days when I was simply keeping […]

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Perfect Meatballs

Perfect Meatballs July 15, 2014

For the majority of my life, the only meatballs that ever graced a plate in front of me probably came out of a can…or maybe were frozen and thrown into some sauce before serving. And that was OK; I wasn’t the one in charge and I didn’t know any different and somehow I survived. Until […]

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Blackberry Smash with Garrison Brothers Bourbon Whiskey

Blackberry Smash with Garrison Brothers Bourbon Whiskey July 11, 2014

I am regularly invited to come to an event in Denver to meet a restaurant owner or a cookbook author and most recently was invited to meet the owner of Garrison Brothers, a Texas Bourbon Whiskey distillery. While I enjoy these excursions; they are timely, even more so since I’ve moved 30 minutes further South […]

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