Potato, Leek and Goat Cheese Tart

Potato, Leek and Goat Cheese Tart December 9, 2014

A few weeks ago I was working with my rote ‘background noise’ of the Food Network on the family room television. I’m not sure how long it will play that role in my world as it seems to be quickly turning in the Food Contest Network but for the time being I still prefer it […]


Pomegranate Izze-tini and #ProgressiveEats Cocktail Party

Pomegranate Izze-tini October 28, 2014

I’m hosting this months Progressive Eats event and I had so hoped to spill the beans about my new cocktail blog and throw a party to celebrate. I’ve got the domain name ( and a logo and almost everything is ready for prime time but then life happened and some local client sites were told […]


Brown Sugar, Rosemary and Cayenne Candied Red Walnuts

Brown Sugar, Rosemary and Cayenne Candied Walnuts October 27, 2014

For too many years I only used walnuts because, well, because I don’t know why to be honest. I never loved them; thinking they had an inherent bitterness that bothered me and since I loved pecans I would often just substitute them for walnuts when making something and I never heard a rallying cry from […]


Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn - Cinnamon, Sugar, Nutmeg and Ginger add an extra dimension to buttered popcorn October 23, 2014

I love popcorn. Period. I even love movie popcorn with that awful butter. I love caramel corn and popcorn drizzled with white and dark chocolate. I even made popcorn once with a bourbon caramel drizzle. But the truth is that even though some of those sinful creations are FANTASTIC, the real nitty gritty is that […]


Smoretini – A Childhood Favorite Revisited as an Adult Beverage!

S'mores Martini September 12, 2014

When I first considered including a cocktail every Friday for a series I had no idea what to expect but it’s become a tradition and one I love. Some days are more difficult to bring that drink to fruition and today was one of those days. Schedules and timelines coincided and I was without a […]


Chicken Wings with Honey and Za’atar

Chicken Wings with Honey and Za'atar September 2, 2014

When I was asked to review Jamie Bissonnette’s new cookbook, ‘The New Charcuterie Cookbook‘ I was an absolute yes. Jamie is the chef and owner of Toro NYC, and Coppa and Toro Boston. He is a James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northeast award winner and winner of the Cochon 555 nose-to-tail competition. Jamie has also […]


Goat Cheese Salad with Raspberry Dressing

Goat cheese salad with raspberries. May 28, 2014

I’m sure I’m not alone in that I’ve put recipes on the blog and sort of forgot about them, am I? I like to make new things and that quest will too often mean something that deserves being made again goes lacking. This is a great example. On this ‘Wayback Wednesday’ I have to share […]


How to Make Homemade Ricotta (with Lemon)

How to Make Homemade Ricotta (with Lemon) May 27, 2014

I was recently asked if I would  consider reviewing a new cookbook, ‘One Hour Cheese,’ by Claudia Lucero. I get asked to review a lot of books but I’m pretty selective about which ones I want to take a peek at; building a library of books I’ll never read is not on my bucket list! […]


Leek and Bacon Quiche and a Collection of Savory Pies

Leek and Bacon Quiche March 2, 2014

I’ve been in love with quiche forever; some say it’s out of fashion but I don’t agree or at least not with me! How could something so good not be loved by everyone? Introduced to me in my 20’s as Quiche Lorraine by Alma, an older woman who lived near me and it was love […]


Sriracha Crunch Chex Mix – Some Like it Hot for the Super Bowl!

Sriracha Crunch Chex Mix January 27, 2014

It’s no secret I’ve had a terrible difficult year; I mean really, come on. Selling my home of 27 tears, moving twice, daughter with cancer, building a house, my dad’s passing. You know those tests they have for how life events affect you physically? That I am alive should be cause for celebration! All kidding […]


Caramel Apple and Toasted Walnut Brie – An Easy and Delicious Appetizer

Caramel Apple and Toasted Walnut Brie - An Easy and Delicious Appetizer December 11, 2013

What a week! Yesterday was my birthday and I did a walk through on my new home. It’s my gift to me for every birthday and Christmas yet to come but maybe not this Christmas. They promised I would be in before Christmas but it’s looking a bit iffy; seems inspectors run at their own […]


A Perfect Pair – Stuffed Mushrooms and Masi Campofiorin Wine

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As many of you must know because I whine talk about it all the time, I’m FINALLY anticipating a move soon. Right smack dab in the middle of the biggest holiday of the year. The one I love the most too. I love the sights, sounds and smells of the Christmas season and worry that […]


Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Ricotta and Toasted Walnuts

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Ricotta and Toasted Walnuts December 3, 2013

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of participating in a luncheon at The Seasoned Chef Cooking School in Denver that was  hosted by the folks who own Epicurean Butter; another local Denver company. Epicurean had brought in Chef Julius Russell to prepare several dishes using their product to introduce it to local food writers, […]


Best Cranberry Sauce I’ve Ever Made…has some Booze of Course!

The Best Fresh Cranberry Sauce...has Orange Liqueur! November 27, 2013

Seriously it really is the best…and I’ve made a LOT of cranberry sauces. It’s the one thing I like to do differently every year for the holidays. Mostly because it’s so easy to make (I am definitely in the ANTI-CAN group; never loved it and never will!) but also because I think it’s really versatile. […]


Low Country Shrimp Dip Appetizer with Parrano Cheese

Low Country Shrimp Dip Appetizer with Parrano Cheese November 25, 2013

In the midst of all of the holiday preparations I find myself immersed in two big moves. My Thanksgiving holiday is going  to be anything but a holiday this year and I’m sure I’m not alone. My daughter Emily is moving to North Carolina for a new job and they want her there and in […]