Summer Favorites

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 recently queried an Italian speaking friend about the meaning of the Italian words, boccone dolce, wondering what a Raspberry Boccone Dolce was as that’s always 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 it meant before […]

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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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Cilantro Serrano Rice

August 27, 2014
Cilantro 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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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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Sparkling Strawberry Sorbet

Sparkling Strawberry Sorbet August 22, 2014

Sometimes a girl just needs something quick. The phrase I might often use is ‘quick and dirty’ but nothing dirty about these. White sparkling wine with a strawberry sorbet. One of my favorite things. The sorbet is easy and an even be done without an ice cream maker but if you’re not in the mood? […]

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The BEST Meatloaf is Perfect for Sliders!

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I promised in my post earlier this week when I wrote about a Girls Nite In event that I hosted that I would post the recipe for the Meatloaf sliders that I served and I’m nothing if not a woman of my word! Except that really it’s ‘just’ a recipe for meatloaf. Seriously the best […]

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