Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce November 11, 2014

Once the pumpkin craze hits the Internet starting sometime in August (it’s still SUMMER for crying out loud!); I feel more inclined to hide than participate. Can I be honest? I just don’t get it. I admit, I enjoy the requisite pie on Thanksgiving but that pie had better have plenty of sugar and bourbon […]

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Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur

Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur November 7, 2014

There’s no story here today; nothing warm and fuzzy about how this magical potion transformed a holiday or my life. No stories about sharing it with friends and family as a holiday gift offering either. Nope. It just is what it is. One of those lightbulb moments when the confluence of this Salted Caramel Sauce […]

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Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce November 4, 2014

I remember clearly my first introduction to something of the ‘salted’ caramel variety. My daughter was in high school and we had traveled west from our home to a new shopping center closer to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains called Aspen Grove. Of course we had a beautiful shopping center near us but young […]

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Corpse Reviver No. 2

Corpse Reviver No. 2 October 31, 2014

Let’s talk about the day after Halloween. Yes, tomorrow…when you have partied and reveled and possibly overdone it. When you wake up in the morning and your head hurts and you wonder why you did all that stuff. You my friend are the corpse because I know you feel like death…and this is just what […]

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Pomegranate Izze-tini and #ProgressiveEats Cocktail Party

Pomegranate Izze-tini October 28, 2014

I’m hosting this months Progressive Eats event and I had so hoped to spill the beans about my new cocktail blog and throw a party to celebrate. I’ve got the domain name (FridayCocktails.com) and a logo and almost everything is ready for prime time but then life happened and some local client sites were told […]

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Brown Sugar, Rosemary and Cayenne Candied Red Walnuts

Brown Sugar, Rosemary and Cayenne Candied Walnuts October 27, 2014

For too many years I only used walnuts because, well, because I don’t know why to be honest. I never loved them; thinking they had an inherent bitterness that bothered me and since I loved pecans I would often just substitute them for walnuts when making something and I never heard a rallying cry from […]

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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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Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Pecans and Cranberries

Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Pecans and Cranberries is a delicious and beautiful Fall salad. October 21, 2014

Is the quinoa fad over yet? I have a tendency to try something once it’s lost it’s place as the foodie ‘darling.’ I can never quite get on-board with some of the over the top LOVE I see for some newly discovered foods so I watch and wait and I dig in when the mood […]

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Apple Ciderfest Cocktail

Apple Ciderfest Cocktail October 17, 2014

I know, I now…it’s so NOT Friday but the day…no actually the entire week, got away from me. While my heart loves cooking and cocktail making and blogging about it, I still have some demands from my web business that take precedence and this was the week that was. Six words. ‘Host is going out […]

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The Halloween Express – Rum, Espresso, Maple Syrup and Half and Half

The Halloween Express - Rum, Espresso, Maple Syrup and Half and Half October 17, 2014

OK, naming drinks is not my forte but I thought it appropriate to make a play on words on this night when we have to keep our mojo going far longer than we might normally want to. Yes there is espresso, in fact this Halloween Express has rum, espresso, maple syrup (YUM!) and half and […]

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Caramel Apple Monkey Bread

Caramel Apple Monkey Bread October 14, 2014

First things first…some of you might be wondering, ‘What the heck is Monkey Bread?’ Monkey bread (aka pull-apart bread, bubble loaf and bubble bread) descends from traditional sweet, yeast rolls with centuries of history. Food historians tell us the first people to make sweet, buttery rolls with cinnamon were ancient Middle Eastern cooks. These recipes […]

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Boiled Cider Syrup and a Ciderhouse Whiskey Cocktail

Boiled Cider Syrup and a Ciderhouse Cocktail October 10, 2014

In certain parts of apple country, most notably western New England and along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a long-favored tradition was the making of boiled cider. From the colonial period until the 1920s, wherever orchards proliferated, this syrup was a pantry staple, a general-purpose sweetener that cooks reached for in the […]

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Creamy Hatch Green Chile and Cheese Soup

Creamy Hatch Green Chile and Cheese Soup September 30, 2014

It’s hard to believe we’re in our third month of ‘Progressive Eats’ and I hope you’re enjoying both this trip down memory lane with our virtual Progressive Dinners but are also visiting some great blogging friends of mine during the process. I’ve seen so many wonderful dishes and today is no different. Milisa, the gal […]

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Denver Broncos Orange Shandy

Denver Broncos Orange Shandy September 19, 2014

Have you ever heard of a Shandy? It’s a cocktail that is a combination of beer and lemonade and it’s never really appealed to me. Probably due to that beer part since I’m not much of a beer drinker. Still, when Hornitas crafted a cocktail just for our Denver Broncos, I was tempted and took […]

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Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing

Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese salad with Maple Dijon Dressing from Nordstroms Cafe September 17, 2014

I first posted this recipe for a Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing five years ago so it seems perfect for a Wayback Wednesday post. I was using a point and shoot camera on the verge of dying and only had pecans in lieu of my beloved walnuts. So it seemed […]

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