Summer Favorites

Iceberg Wedge Salad with Bacon, Croutons and Buttermilk Herb Dressing

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If you read Iceberg Wedge and wondered, ‘Why the heck is Barb heading back to the 70’s?’ I can’t say I blame you. It’s been a VERY long time since I even bought iceberg lettuce, much less made a wedge salad with it. But timing is everything! After months of intensive effort, I’m finally up […]

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Cherry Old Fashioned Smash

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Fresh, seasonal fruits and summer simply go hand-in-hand. Some fruits we take for granted all year long and many we can find out of season most of the year but then there are those special fruits, of course the ones we crave the most, that have a limited run. For me the most special of […]

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July 4th Red, White and Blue Patriotic Cake

July 4th Red, White and Blue Patriotic Cake July 2, 2015

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 […]

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Black Forest Ice Cream Sundaes

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Apricot Margarita

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Margarita. My absolute favorite cocktail. Reposado tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice. The three basics. From there I wish I had the time to make every single variety possible. So far? I haven’t made one I don’t like even if the Jalapeno one was a bit of a stretch from my more usual fruit forward […]

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Cilantro and Serrano Rice

May 7, 2015
Cilantro and Serrano Mexican Rice

I first made this dish of rice with the flavors of cilantro and serrano pepper to take to a friends Mexican themed barbecue many, many years ago. It is unbelievably good; so good that I kept ‘tasting’ it so much that I had to make a second batch for the party…oops! I don’t quite remember […]

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Muscovado and Vanilla Bean Mint Julep

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I had great plans for a Mint Julep this year that included strawberries. I’ve been making a new version of Mint Julep each year for the past couple of years in honor of The Kentucky Derby and the ones with some added fruit have been spectacular. And then a new book arrived and those plans […]

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