Summer Favorites

Cilantro and Serrano Rice

May 7, 2015

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 […]


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 […]


Summer Campari Cocktail

Summer Campari Cocktail April 24, 2015

One thing I never have to worry about is running out of ideas for cocktails each week. I’ve got more ideas than I have time to develop them but even so, sometimes I let a brand give me a hand. When the good people of Campari wanted to work with me and feature their apertif […]


Mixed Greens Salad with Smoked Mozzarella and a Warm Roasted Garlic Dressing

Mixed Greens Salad with Smoked Mozzarella and a Warm Roasted Garlic Dressing April 23, 2015

Over the past several years I’ve slowly but surely segued away from anything close to a ‘standard’ salad. I can’t remember when I had one with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and onion. My personal trend toward different includes more fresh fruits and nuts in salads and there is pretty much one reason why. Tomatoes. There is […]


Rice and Egg Bowl with Salmon and Peas

Rice and Egg Bowl with Salmon and Peas April 16, 2015

Inspiration really does come in all forms. I know some people peruse volumes of cookbooks and magazines with photo spreads before them until something kicks in and they find a recipe or have an idea for one they would like to try on their own. Maybe for you it’s just a distant memory of something […]


Orange Marmalade Margarita

Orange Marmalade Margarita April 10, 2015

Go on, share all your photos of flowers and tree bursting with blooms. I don’t care. Much. I’m buying blooms so I don’t travel down some rabbit hole of seasonal depression. Sometimes I want to literally sob when I see how gorgeous it is everywhere but Denver. I did not know our seasons would be […]


Grilled Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan

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If I did a simple poll I am betting that if asked, ‘Did you like asparagus as a kid?’ that the majority response would be something dramatic like ‘EW!’ or ‘Make Mikey try it!’ – am I right? It was always canned, it was always mush and it was on the list of worsts that […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]