Summer Favorites

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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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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The Gimlet Cocktail

The Gimlet Cocktail August 15, 2014

As much as I really love making cocktails, especially when friends are coming over, I would be lying if I told you that I bought special fruit and spent a lot of time mixing up something unique on an everyday basis. I like the ‘occasional’ cocktail when I’m here by myself but even then I […]

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Bananas Foster Ice Cream with a Rum Drizzle and Toasted Pecans

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One of my favorite desserts of all time are Bananas Foster Crepes which is sort of  unusual because I’m not normally a banana fanatic; I can usually give or take banana bread even but something about the combination of brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and rum sauteed bananas just does it for me. I usually save […]

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Favorite Summer Cocktails

Favorite Summer Cocktails August 8, 2014

I had some friends over to my home to bake with me on Tuesday; specifically to bake pies with me. Sandy was the more experienced pie baker so for her it was THE perfect pie crust; Ansh was here to make her first pastry crust pie. No novice to baking or cooking but pies were […]

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Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars August 6, 2014

My Grandma Bathe was the ‘pie’ Grandma. That was her forte and one of the many reasons I loved going to her house for holiday get togethers; she always had a wealth of pies making the sideboard in her dining room groan; made us kids groan too! I’ve inherited her rolling pin which I know […]

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Homemade Cherry Pie Filling

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling August 4, 2014

This post wasn’t planned this morning. I was making some homemade cherry pie filling from cherries I had bought last week in preparation for making fresh cherry pie bars (for Wednesday!). I was on the phone with a friend, mentioned what I was doing and she begged me to share my recipe. No begging required! […]

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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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