Blackberry Smash with Garrison Brothers Bourbon Whiskey

Blackberry Smash with Garrison Brothers Bourbon Whiskey July 11, 2014

I am regularly invited to come to an event in Denver to meet a restaurant owner or a cookbook author and most recently was invited to meet the owner of Garrison Brothers, a Texas Bourbon Whiskey distillery. While I enjoy these excursions; they are timely, even more so since I’ve moved 30 minutes further South […]

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Barbecued Baby Back Ribs with Two Sauces

Barbecued Baby Back Ribs with Two Sauces July 10, 2014

I’m a day late but that seems the routine lately. Weekends of yard work see my Monday posts delayed til Tuesday and now poor Wayback Wednesday escaped me too. Luckily Throwback Thursday is a universal given and I’ll just jump into that mix. I decided to route this post back again after an epiphany the […]

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Roasted Poblano Pepper and Corn Soup

Roasted Poblano Pepper and Fresh Corn Soup July 8, 2014

When I saw this Roasted Poblano Pepper and Corn Soup from Milk and Honey  that was posted in a Facebook group I belong to I knew it would find a way to my table. Not only did it sound fantastic but it was prophetic that I had just purchased both Poblano Peppers and Fresh Corn […]

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Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon Margarita July 4, 2014

This Watermelon Margarita cocktail is pretty perfect for July 4th isn’t it? All red, white and blue. Even if the blue are some blueberries nowhere to be seen in the recipe; I had to do it for the holiday that celebrates the Independence of these United States from England two-hundred and thirty-eight years ago today. […]

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Blueberry Mojito Ice Cream

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When I was queried about my interest in participating in a group review of a new book which is all about ice cream with a giveaway of the book to our readers too (after the recipe) I couldn’t put my hand up fast enough. I have to give Cuisinart some credit for this almost knee […]

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Strawberry Tart with Chocolate Ganache and Mascarpone Cream

Strawberry Tart with Chocolate Ganache and Mascarpone Cream June 30, 2014

My (previously) all time favorite pie is very similar to this one. The original recipe is from a 1974 edition of Better Homes and Gardens (New Recipes). Made with a regular pie crust, I’ve changed it over time and added a layer of mascarpone cheese mixed with a bit of cream to put on top […]

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S’Mores Rice Krispie Treats

S'Mores Rice Krispie Treats June 25, 2014

This edition of Wayback Wednesday is a bit different. This recipe was not first published ‘Wayback When’ but it’s about S’Mores and talk about something that goes WAY back, they do. I’m sure I probably had S’mores treats with my family while growing up but for me the most significant remembrance I have was enjoying […]

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Summer Solstice Collins

Summer Solstice Collins June 20, 2014

The Summer Solstice marks the onset of summer, at the time of the longest day, this year on June 21 in the northern hemisphere. Even though the feeling of summer has already been present across the US for several weeks (with some really unusual cold stuff going on though) it doesn’t really start until Saturday […]

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Brown Butter and Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter and Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies June 19, 2014

Really…I’m not on a tangent about BESTS all of a sudden, it just happens that after a discussion on how I best like to make mashed potatoes that I wanted to post these cookies. I have tried so many recipes that people proclaim as the best. Whether they really think they are or are simply […]

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Grilled Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

Grilled Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons June 16, 2014

Grilled salad? I know, sounds weird doesn’t it? I was filled with a sense of disbelief and certainly some trepidation myself when I was first introduced to a salad with grilled Romaine lettuce a couple of years ago at the Snowmass Culinary and Arts Festival. The cooking demonstration by Diane Hendricks was fun but the […]

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Very Berry Iced Tea with Honey Mint Syrup

Very Berry Iced Tea with Honey Mint Syrup June 13, 2014

I was recently invited by the folks with Tetley USA to participate in an Iced Tea Contest celebrating National Iced Tea Month. Now I’m not much of a ‘contester‘ but with a very limited number of participants being invited, the carrot dangled in front of me that included a trip for two to London in the […]

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Curried Chicken Salad with Dried Cranberries and Toasted Walnuts

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I first had this Curried Chicken Salad at a networking event at a local Chamber of Commerce event that I attended several of years ago. It was so good, everyone wanted the recipe and now it’s a favorite of mine to use for leftover chicken. Along the way I’ve modified the original a bit with […]

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Lemon Basil Margarita

Lemon Basil Margarita June 6, 2014

It’s no tightly kept secret that I love margaritas. LOVE them. Something about the bite of tequila combined with citrus and some sweet and salty elements altogether make for one of my favorite cocktails. I have been making this margarita for years and it will probably always be my favorite but it’s not something that […]

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Blackberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake and an iCoffee Coffeemaker Giveaway

Blackberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake June 4, 2014

 I simply love regional and Junior League cookbooks; of course my favorites are those from Denver and St. Louis (my hometown) but over the years I’ve collected books from other cities too and seldom do the recipes disappoint. They are, after all, a collection of what someone has deemed the best to represent what a […]

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Double Lemon Drop Cocktail with Ole Smoky Lemon Drop Moonshine

Double Lemon Drop Cocktail with Ole Smoky Lemon Drop Moonshine May 30, 2014

The Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery is located in the heart of Tennessee moonshine country in Gatlinburg, TN in the Smoky Mountains that separate Tennessee and North Carolina. Heralded as Tennessee’s first legal moonshine distillery they offer free tours, complimentary tastings, and products for sale. I have relatives in Tennessee and a daughter now living in […]

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