Strawberry and Blueberry Poke Cake for July 4th from @creativculinary

I don’t usually do theme foods; especially those with patriotic theme colors; or at least I haven’t since my children were small and I might have made something fun for their July 4th, Halloween or Christmas school events. But the Food Network theme this week for #SummerSoiree is 4th of July and anything goes so I wanted to share this cake again that I first published a couple of years ago. It was such a smash hit it’s sort of expected on the holiday now and I’m good with that. The only changes I’ve made? I have new cake pans I love; their sides are totally straight up and down and not slanted like these (still in my car waiting for me to remember Goodwill!) and they make frosting cakes so much easier. I also remember to poke my holes a bit deeper…it’s lovely to see the striation go further through this July 4th Red, White and Blue Patriotic Cake. Take a Bigger Bite…


Black Forest Ice Cream Sundaes

June 30, 2015

This month’s Progressive Eats is one I’ve looked forward to from the moment the chill was gone and we knew summer was actually, finally here. How I LOVE homemade ice cream. My friend Barbara from the blog Barbara Bakes made the call for us to have an Ice Cream Social this month and I’m in […]


The Firecracker – Watermelon, Lime and Cucumber Cocktail

June 26, 2015

I seem to be running late with cocktails on a regular basis; where my typical habit is to make them a couple of days ahead of time (and believe me I can only WISH I was a week ahead), lately Friday morning rolls around and I’ve yet to make a cocktail for Friday Cocktails. I […]


Sour Cream and Bacon Potato Salad

Sour Cream and Bacon Potato Salad June 25, 2015

The first cookbook that was ever really mine was ‘The Better Homes and Gardens ‘New’ Cookbook’ published sometime in the 70’s. It was and remains a great primer with some basic information for all cooks including weights and measure and substitutions but by today’s standards it would most likely earn nary a consideration by many […]


Grey Goose VX Martini Exceptionnelle

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Did you know today is National Martini Day? I did not until recently but I’ve got a cocktail worth celebrating with so how could I even think of missing this day (even if a bit late). The martini’s rich American history is deserving of a toast – the cocktail dates back to the 1860s but […]


Canyon Creek Burger from Ted’s Montana Grill

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Last month when I visited Ted’s Montana Grill in the Denver Tech Center, I shared that experience here. Everything we sampled was SO good and the incredible hamburger I had for lunch left an indelible impression; The Canyon Creek Burger. Ted’s serves this burger using either bison or beef and I won’t deny; bison may […]


Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Bacon

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This post today was not the sort that was well planned and thought out with special ingredients purchased so that I could make something delectable that I knew I would want to share. No, it was pretty much what happens all too often around here…what’s in the fridge that I can use to make something […]


Jack Honey Sweetened Blackberry Tea

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Last week when I had to post a cocktail for the Belmont stakes, I promised today would be a sweetened tea with bourbon concoction honoring my pal Lana from the South (not south Denver, nope…GEORGIA!). I knew I wanted to combine sweet tea with some Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Liqueur. If not familiar with this […]


Coleslaw with Warm Bacon Dressing

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A couple of years ago when my youngest daughter Lauren was still living in Denver, she called me on her way to my house to get her dog after work and wanted to know if I had a good slaw recipe. Something different she said; she was heading to a barbecue that night and slaw […]


The Belmont Jewel – Signature Cocktail for the Belmont Stakes

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My plans for today’s cocktail with tea and bourbon were made to honor the South and my friend Lana from Georgia while she recuperates from back surgery. However, I totally spaced that the Belmont Stakes is tomorrow and while I might not bet on the horses, I have a stake in this one on a […]


Smoked Chicken with Chipotle, Peach and Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

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The theme for this week’s Food Network #SummerSoiree is chicken. I do love chicken and actually made a new dish yesterday I’ll be sharing soon but today I wanted to bring something out of the archives. Two years might not seem like a long time but in blog world it is and many of my […]


Caramel Banana Pie with Bourbon

Caramel Banana Pie with Bourbon June 2, 2015

A good friend of mine, Lana with the blog Never Enough Thyme, is heading into back surgery today and I’ve offered to help her out a bit. Well, actually several of her friends have. Lana belongs to a group I started almost a year ago called Progressive Eats. It’s a modern day version of the […]


The Pucker Up

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I admit it; I have way too many adult beverages in this house. My name is on a list and that list ultimately provides me with a lot of samples of booze. I love making cocktails and I’m not sure I could do what I love every week without the resources made available to me […]


Root Beer Baked Beans

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Memorial Day was pretty low key here; I wanted more than anything to get in some gardening time after meeting a friend for coffee in the morning. Still, I thought I would wheel out the smoker and make this recipe for Smoked Chicken with Chipotle, Peach and Bourbon Barbecue Sauce and see who on the […]


Naan – A Traditional Indian Flatbread

Homemade Naan May 26, 2015

It’s time for Progressive Eats; where my friends and I visit each others home to share a feast (if only virtually!). Each month a member of the group decides on a theme and this month my good friend Ansh, who hails from India, decided that Kebabs or as most of us know them, Kabobs…would be […]