Summer Favorites

Heath Bar Baked Cake Doughnuts

Heath Bar Baked Cake Doughnuts March 23, 2015

I caved; I saw a bandwagon and I jumped on it. And I’m hooked too. What you say? Homemade baked doughnuts. I’ll be honest, although they sounded easy I didn’t expect them to really taste like doughnuts but you know what? They’re just old fashioned cake doughnuts, nothing fake about the baked! I had a […]

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Chocolate Chip Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Chip Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting March 19, 2015

Today is the last of Food Network’s series on Comfort Foods; as we move into spring, our theme will transition to Sensational Sides; watch for some grilling from this blog; once the weather warms, I could cook almost everything on the grill (she said as it is snowing outside at the moment!). While the notion […]

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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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The Perfect Cosmopolitan – A Classic Cocktail

The Perfect Cosmopolitan March 6, 2015

One of the first references to the Cosmopolitan is a gin, Cointreau, lemon, and raspberry syrup mix that was published in 1934 in the Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars 1903-1933. In the 1970’s, the Cosmopolitan that we know today is credited to a South Beach bartender named Cheryl Cook although as is typical with […]

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Asian Chicken Salad from Houlihan’s – A Copycat Recipe

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Many and I mean MANY years ago when I lived in a southern suburb of St. Louis, I used to frequent a neighborhood restaurant with friends for after dinner drinks or an occasional meal. As a matter of fact, when I was 28 years old and moving from St. Louis to Raleigh, NC with my […]

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Orange Sunshine Martini

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Seriously this habit of posting late is getting to be a a true habit, good or bad I’m not sure. I just had a moment one day of not wanting to finish a blog post at 9:30pm and that’s how it started. Photos and entire post were postponed for the next morning but then other […]

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Raspberry Boccone Dolce (Chocolate and Raspberry Pavlova)

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I once queried an Italian speaking friend about the meaning of the Italian words, boccone dolce, wondering what a Raspberry Boccone Dolce (Chocolate and Raspberry Pavlova) was as that’s the name I’ve always known this recipe by. I’ve been making this beautiful dessert for many, many years but had never thought to find out what Boccone […]

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The Best Buttermilk Pancakes

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I mean it. Seriously. I can look at this recipe and wonder what is so magical about it but maybe that’s the magic. Nothing especially unique but when all brought together the magic does happen. It flies in the face of most pancake conventions too since the mixture is not only made in a blender […]

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Marshall Field’s Chicken Salad Recipe – Still the Best!

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Marshall Field’s Department Store used to be known far and wide as THE grand dame of Chicago. Much like Famous & Barr and Stix, Baer & Fuller in my hometown of St. Louis, they weren’t just a store, they were an institution. Although never having visited Marshall Field’s as a kid, I’ve heard from people […]

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Heath Bar Rice Krispie Treats

Heath Bar Rice Krispie Treats January 15, 2015

I’ve been asked by several people over the years, ‘What kind of food blog do you have?’ expecting that I must focus on a particular niche. Is it gourmet or vegetarian or well, any other number of designations? And I couldn’t provide a definitive answer. Because I really don’t have one. Although I am often […]

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Winter Citrus Mojito

Winter Citrus Mojito January 9, 2015

I say I don’t mind the seasons in Colorado but that’s really a bit of a stretch. I LOVE spring through fall; the low humidity and typically pleasant temps make for comfortable days and cool nights in this land at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. But winter is another story. I will suffer through […]

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The Best Sugar Cookies

The Best Sugar Cookies December 3, 2014

It’s a great time for Wayback Wednesday; I have so many of my favorite holiday recipes that were first published on my site before people I know were even using the Internet. No, I am not kidding! These might not have been that long ago but I first put them online in 2004 and added […]

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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 […]

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Lemony Summer Squash Bread

Lemony Summer Squash Bread September 4, 2014

Put down the zucchini; there’s a new kid in town! Seriously why did I never think to do this before? I have been making zucchini bread for ages; probably ever since we had a huge garden at our first home which was at least 30 years ago and while we would occasionally have the same […]

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Peach Melba and Bourbon Smoothie

Peach Melba and Bourbon Cocktail August 29, 2014

If you saw the Progressive Dinner Party (we’re calling it Progressive Eats) that I did with friends the other day you would have noticed that I made a Peach Melba Pavlova; a dessert that is layers of baked meringue, whipping cream and fruit; in this instance peaches and raspberries. Peaches and raspberries are just meant […]

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