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 […]


Leek and Bacon Quiche and a Collection of Savory Pies

Leek and Bacon Quiche March 2, 2014

I’ve been in love with quiche forever; some say it’s out of fashion but I don’t agree or at least not with me! How could something so good not be loved by everyone? Introduced to me in my 20′s as Quiche Lorraine by Alma, an older woman who lived near me and it was love […]


Whiskey Hot Toddy with Honey and Brown Sugar

Whiskey Hot Toddy with Honey and Brown Sugar February 28, 2014

I can’t seem to catch a break; after 4 weeks of a nonstop cough and sleepless nights I can’t deny I was getting weary. So like I’m sure all of you would do, dying be damned, I forced myself to get to the grocery store for cat food. Our local grocery just happens to have […]


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 […]


Wine Cake from The Tuscan Sun Cookbook

Wine Cake from The Tuscan Sun Cookbook February 25, 2014

A couple of months ago I was invited to attend a launch party for a new wine brand. It would mean going downtown for an evening affair and I can’t tell you how much I hate that. I have no reservations admitting I love the suburbs. Why such love? Parking. Lots and lots and lots […]


A Very Berry Blood Orange Margarita for National Margarita Day

A Very Berry Blood Orange Margarita February 21, 2014

Did you know that tomorrow, Saturday, February 22nd is National Margarita Day? If I had my way and a moment of extra time I would campaign hard to get it moved. How? Why? What was someone thinking when they made the quintessential summer cocktail’s ‘day’ in the middle of winter. Maybe it was someone in […]


Homemade Garlic Re-Fried Beans

Homemade Garlic Re-Fried Beans February 19, 2014

When I saw Rebecca from the blog Foodie With Family tweet about these re-fried beans my interest was piqued. First because I love anything with garlic but also was just curious. Could they really be any good? Were those awful canned beans not the only solution? I knew there must be one; I’ve had some […]


Maple Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake

Maple Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake | February 17, 2014

It’s interesting the things I’m finding as I unpack in my new home. Wanting to make everything in this space have a purpose, I’m combining and categorizing and yes, pitching to accomplish that. It was such fun to find a box of old family photos that I want to organize and get online that brought […]


A Very Adult Mocha Shake with Strawberries for #Valentine’s Day.

A Very Adult Mocha Shake with Strawberries February 14, 2014

I admit. This is simple. About as simple as it gets. Still, simple isn’t synonymous with bad; sometimes it can be anything but. Still, for a simple after dinner cocktail that can also serve as a sumptuous dessert, it is perfect for Valentine’s Day.  Chocolate liqueur, coffee liqueur and vanilla ice cream. I call it […]


Classic French Pots de Creme with Rubies (Pomegranate Arils)

Classic French Pots de Creme February 13, 2014

This takes me way back; almost further than I can remember. But luckily I do remember. Me the girl with 5 years of French and a love of cooking and I wanted to combine the two. He the boy I wanted to impress with something au Francais. I wasn’t an experienced cook and he certainly […]


A Valentine Dinner – Filet Mignon with Horseradish Dijon Sauce and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Filet Mignon with Horseradish Dijon Sauce and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes February 11, 2014

Aphrodisiacs – food and beverages thought to inspire desire – are Valentine’s Day favorites. Among the best-known temptations: oysters, Champagne, caviar, and chocolate. This year, try something new by injecting romance into the menu with…yes, mustard. Celebrated for its aphrodisiac properties by many cultures, mustard’s bite will warm the body and boost the romantic temperature […]


Date Nut Bars for #Elleapalooza

Date, Nut and Coconut Bars February 9, 2014

I mentioned last week that a longtime blogging friend, Elle with Elle’s New England Kitchen had suddenly passed away. A group of us wanted to publish something from her blog this weekend to honor her. She loved doing group ‘apalooza’ events (I remember ice cream especially; think it was #Scoopapalooza) so it’s only right we […]


The Blue Moon Cocktail

The Blue Moon Cocktail with Gin and Creme de Violette | February 7, 2014

I didn’t plan to make this cocktail at all. The plan was to make The Aviation Cocktail; I thought a pretty purple cocktail with a bright red maraschino would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day cocktail but unforeseen circumstances saw that change only after I had setup the entire shot. What happened? Well, I don’t […]


Bourbon Chocolate Brownies with Bourbon Buttercream and Sauce

Bourbon Chocolate Brownies with Bourbon Buttercream and Sauce February 6, 2014

I made these brownies to take to a Super Bowl party in my new neighborhood; you know that game last Sunday with my beloved Broncos? Well, that sure didn’t go well did it? My congrats to the Seahawks and their fans…they sure deserved this one and if we had to lose, I was glad it […]


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 […]