Beef Burger with Ballymaloe Irish Ketchup with Stout

Beef Burger with Ballymaloe Irish Ketchup with Stout April 28, 2014

First things first. I’m not a huge fan of ketchup. Given the option it never graces my burgers; I’m a mustard fan through and through. As a matter of fact, since my youngest daughter graduated from college and moved out I keep a little jar for the occasional addition to a recipe but nothing like […]


The El Diablo Cocktail with Porton’s Pisco

The El Diablo Cocktail with Porton's Pisco April 25, 2014

I recall those days when the mere mention of the word tequila made me grimace. I found it to be the most unappealing liquor possible. Harsh was the word I would have used to describe it and all these many years later I now know why. Most restaurants, unless they charge you an arm and […]


French Country Short Rib and Onion Soup

French Country Short Rib and Onion Soup April 24, 2014

It’s been awhile; I don’t think in all the many years I’ve been blogging that I have not introduced something new in such a long period of time. Whether planned or not, I obviously needed a break from the never ending stress of this past year; I’ve just finished sleeping almost 5 days straight when […]


Saying Goodbye to Abbie

Saying Goodbye to Abbie April 9, 2014

The pain is so raw; worse than I ever imagined it would be. She is nowhere when she was everywhere just two days ago. Laying behind my chair as I work, sniffing under my feet in the kitchen and certainly begging for every bite of food that I prepared. My precious Abbie, given to my […]


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 […]


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 […]


Browned Butter Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Coconut

Browned Butter Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut | 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 […]


Indian Butter Chicken

Indian Butter Chicken March 31, 2014

First things first. This is not Chicken Tikka Masala. There are some similarities but someone who heard I was making it said, ‘Oh you mean Chicken Tikka Masala’ and I wanted to clear that up. They’re both wonderful dishes but there are also real differences between the two. Butter chicken is a typical Punjabi dish […]


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 […]


Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese Frosting

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan Cheese Frosting March 26, 2014

I used to make a recipe that was similar to this quite often many years ago. Simply called ‘frosted cauliflower’ it was steamed cauliflower with a simple mixture of cheese and mayonnaise spread over it before sticking it in the oven to bake just enough to melt the cheese. I believe I thought the cheesy […]


Sweet Citrus Fizz Welcomes Spring!

Sweet Citrus Fizz March 21, 2014

Spring has sprung right? Who cares if the first day of spring saw blizzard like conditions in Colorado for a bit. Spring meant it was short lived, the sun came out in the afternoon and all of the snow disappeared by the next day. Whoo Hoo!! So I thought this would be a great cocktail […]


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. […]


Irish Coffee Caramel Sauce with Irish Whiskey and Espresso

Irish Coffee Caramel Sauce with Irish Whiskey and Espresso March 14, 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m only an eighth Irish but it’s enough for me to look at this holiday as a must have; it helps I love the food and drink from Ireland. Considering today is my cocktail day, it would seem the perfect opportunity to make an Irish Coffee for you but I’ve done […]


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 […]


The Chilly Irishman – Espresso, Kahlua and Irish Whiskey Frozen Cocktail

The Chilly Irishman with Kahlua and Irish Whiskey | March 7, 2014

I originally intended to make a Kahlua based cocktail using the components of a White Russian; using ice cream in lieu of half and half and adding some ice cubes with a resulting Frozen White Russian. The problem with that? Just not feeling anything Russian right now although the name would be appropriate; it feels […]