Summer Favorites

Fabulous and Easy One Bowl Chocolate Cake from Life’s a Feast

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This post isn’t really about a simple chocolate cake so much as it is about the person behind the cake. For all of the naysayers who might think it crazy that real relationships can be built through social media, I would offer up to them my kinship with Jamie Schler, the talented writer behind the […]

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The Paloma Cocktail and an Event to Kickoff #DineOutDenver

The Paloma Cocktail - Tequila, Lime and Grapefruit Juice April 4, 2014

Despite our American bent for thinking the Margarita is the treasured drink of Mexico, the truth is that the paloma (Spanish for “dove”) more closely fits that bill. It is a tequila-based cocktail that is served on the rocks and is most commonly prepared by mixing tequila and lime with a Mexican grapefruit-flavored soda called […]

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Browned Butter Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Coconut

Browned Butter Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut | Creative-Culinary.com April 2, 2014

That is a mouthful isn’t it…and these chocolate chip cookies with espresso and coconut certainly are! Given enough time though I will always brown butter for my chocolate chip cookies. Ever since I made these chocolate chip cookies with browned butter I was sold. It adds another layer of richness to the finished cookies without […]

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Raspberry Daiquiri – A Classic Revisited

Raspberry Daiquiri - The Classic Daiquiri is Revisited March 28, 2014

When I received the revised and expanded second edition of the book ‘Market Fresh Mixology‘ by Bridget Albert and Mary Barranco from the publisher, I was totally enthused with finding something to make and share with you. I love using fresh, seasonal ingredients in my cocktails and this book seemed right in line with that […]

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Real St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Real St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake March 18, 2014

I’ve mentioned before on these pages my darling Grandmother Bathe; my dad’s mom. Her married name was Lizette Bathe and we all called her Grandma. She was 4’11″ and through a genetic pool on my Grandfather’s side, I was her granddaughter that stood at 5’11″ and we were teased about being like Mutt and Jeff. […]

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Pasta with Broccoli, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese

Pasta with Broccoli, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese March 12, 2014

I originally posted this recipe several years ago; after having it for dinner last night I thought it deserved more attention and Wayback Wednesday was the perfect vehicle. A pasta recipe combining broccoli, mushrooms and tomatoes seems in line with current trends that have seen pasta (and pizza) move from the realm of red sauce […]

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The Original German Pancake – This is no Dutch Baby!!

German Pancake or Dutch Baby February 26, 2014

This post was originally published several years ago and I was inspired to bring it out of the archives for two reasons. I was reminded of my Grandparents home the other day when my friend Kristen at Dine and Dish discovered Google Maps Street View and I remembered that’s how I got the photo below […]

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The Elle Yes! Margarita featuring Cara Cara Oranges and Ginger Beer

The Elle Yes! Margarita featuring Cara Cara Oranges and Ginger Beer January 31, 2014

I had the best intentions. I planned in advance and had the perfect cocktail for the Friday before the Super Bowl; you know that one where our Denver Broncos are making an appearance? Yeah, that one. I couldn’t decide on a name…should it be the Broncos Orange Crush Margarita or maybe something that has to […]

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The Tom Collins – A Classic Cocktail for Super Bowl Sunday

The Tom Collins - A Classic Cocktail January 24, 2014

This time last year I was immersed in the opposite of what I am today; packing up and giving away and preparing to sell my home. You know what? I like this end SO much better. Still a lot of work but without the same deadlines and well, I’m in my home and not leaving […]

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Green Beans with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette from ‘The Fresh Honey Cookbook’

Green Beans with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette January 8, 2014

I’m just barely here. Elated to finally move and now exhausted with the effort; made a bit more difficult by all of these wood floors. Oh I love them and I’ve promised myself I’m not going to treat them like precious china but still; moving furniture is more difficult and I’m sort of a try […]

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Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon and Brown Butter Sage Topping

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon and Brown Butter Sage Topping December 26, 2013

I am a lover of all things maple. When others were enjoying their PB&J sandwiches as kids; mine were always PB&MS – Peanut Butter and Maple Syrup. Haven’t tried it? Go. Now! I STILL love it to this day (chips on the side)! Fast forward a couple of years (yes, that was supposed to make […]

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Crispy Shallots Fried Rice

Crispy Shallots Fried Rice October 30, 2013

I mentioned not too long ago that Wednesday would be my day to sometimes just document a dish we loved that would not have an accompanying story to tell. This is one of those days. A day when I had leftover rice in the fridge, some frozen peas in the freezer and the pages of […]

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Nordstrom’s Lemon and Coconut Bars with Whipped Cream and Mascarpone Topping

Nordstrom's Lemon and Coconut Bars with Whipped Cream and Mascarpone Topping October 22, 2013

I was invited to a barbecue this past weekend by neighbors across the street. Philip and Grace are from Taiwan and Philip had just returned from an extended stay there. He is a pastor by trade and both he and Grace spent most of the past couple of years in Taiwan setting up a food […]

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Red Pepper, Poblano, Jalapeno and Honey Lime Sauce

Red Pepper, Poblano, Jalapeno, Honey and Lime Sauce September 18, 2013

I was reminded when I was making this sauce with red bell peppers, poblano and jalapeno peppers as a topping for pork recently what a huge leap of faith it was the first time I made it. As you know if you’ve read this blog for any length of time, I have a huge, big, […]

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Aperol Tequila Swizzle from ‘Savory Cocktails’ by Greg Henry and a Giveaway

Aperol Tequila Swizzle from 'Savory Cocktails' by Greg Henry September 6, 2013

I am having an ‘Uh Oh’ kind of week. I might blame it on the holiday or maybe that I took off on Tuesday to shop for kitcheny (not kitschy tho!) stuff with my daughter but whatever the reason my days are messed up and I can not seem to get them straight. Smack dab […]

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