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Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail from The Preakness

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Everyone associates mint juleps and the Kentucky Derby, but with the Preakness race coming up this weekend I thought it was time to also share ‘the’ signature cocktail for these stakes too, the Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail. The Black-Eyed Susan is billed as the “Official Drink of the Preakness.” It does seem that the term ‘official’ […]

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Authentic Cubano Sandwich

Authentic Cubano Sandwich April 21, 2015

Have you seen the movie ‘Chef’ (Jefe) with Jon Favreau?  I seldom go to the movies; preferring to wait until they are available at home but my friend Jane and I decided to go out and about one afternoon a couple of months ago and our plans included a movie and dinner afterwards so we […]

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Caramelized Garlic, Spinach and Mushroom Tart

Caramelized Garlic, Spinach and Mushroom Tart April 14, 2015

I used to regularly make recipes from the pages of Bon Appetit Magazine, most often from their RSVP section where they share restaurant recipes requested by their readers. But I’ve gotten out of that habit; mostly because I have yet to catch up with the pile of magazines I didn’t get to when I was […]

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Guinness Float with Irish Cream Ice Cream

Guinness Float March 13, 2015

Ready to get your Irish on? Here’s a fun twist that will liven up any party! If you’ve never had a Guinness Float well, I was with you until the other day. It’s been something I’ve wanted to try but still had a bit of trepidation about mixing beer, chocolate and ice cream. I’m not […]

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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 […]

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Creamy Hatch Green Chile and Cheese Soup

Creamy Hatch Green Chile and Cheese Soup September 30, 2014

It’s hard to believe we’re in our third month of ‘Progressive Eats’ and I hope you’re enjoying both this trip down memory lane with our virtual Progressive Dinners but are also visiting some great blogging friends of mine during the process. I’ve seen so many wonderful dishes and today is no different. Milisa, the gal […]

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Peach Melba Pavlova with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Peach Melba Pavlova with Bourbon Caramel Sauce August 26, 2014

This time of year I always find myself determined to stay in my Summer bubble, unwilling to acknowledge that another season is biting at Summer’s heels and wanting to enjoy every last minute with friends; especially outside as the sweltering heat starts to wane and days are almost perfect. Whether we convene on my patio, […]

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Ottolenghi Tomato Salad and More for a Girls Nite In

Ottolenghis Tomato, Onion and Roasted Lemon Salad 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 […]

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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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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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Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon Margarita July 4, 2014

This Watermelon Margarita cocktail is pretty perfect for July 4th isn’t it? All red, white and blue. Even if the blue are some blueberries nowhere to be seen in the recipe; I had to do it for the holiday that celebrates the Independence of these United States from England two-hundred and thirty-eight years ago today. […]

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Blueberry Mojito Ice Cream

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When I was queried about my interest in participating in a group review of a new book which is all about ice cream with a giveaway of the book to our readers too (after the recipe) I couldn’t put my hand up fast enough. I have to give Cuisinart some credit for this almost knee […]

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Strawberry Tart with Chocolate Ganache and Mascarpone Cream

Strawberry Tart with Chocolate Ganache and Mascarpone Cream June 30, 2014

My (previously) all time favorite pie is very similar to this one. The original recipe is from a 1974 edition of Better Homes and Gardens (New Recipes). Made with a regular pie crust, I’ve changed it over time and added a layer of mascarpone cheese mixed with a bit of cream to put on top […]

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S’Mores Rice Krispie Treats

S'Mores Rice Krispie Treats June 25, 2014

This edition of Wayback Wednesday is a bit different. This recipe was not first published ‘Wayback When’ but it’s about S’Mores and talk about something that goes WAY back, they do. I’m sure I probably had S’mores treats with my family while growing up but for me the most significant remembrance I have was enjoying […]

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