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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Goat Cheese Salad with Raspberry Dressing

Goat cheese salad with raspberries. May 28, 2014

I’m sure I’m not alone in that I’ve put recipes on the blog and sort of forgot about them, am I? I like to make new things and that quest will too often mean something that deserves being made again goes lacking. This is a great example. On this ‘Wayback Wednesday’ I have to share […]

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How to Make Homemade Ricotta (with Lemon)

How to Make Homemade Ricotta (with Lemon) May 27, 2014

I was recently asked if I would  consider reviewing a new cookbook, ‘One Hour Cheese,’ by Claudia Lucero. I get asked to review a lot of books but I’m pretty selective about which ones I want to take a peek at; building a library of books I’ll never read is not on my bucket list! […]

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The Bramble Cocktail – Gin, Blackberry and Lemon

The Bramble Cocktail - Gin, Blackberry and Lemon May 23, 2014

The Bramble cocktail is a gin-based drinkl that has apparently disappeared from the radar of many bartenders and home cocktail afficionados alike, which is a shame because it’s a fabulous drink when blackberries are in season. The herbaceous tones of the gin combined with tart lemon and blackberries, softened and sweetened a bit with simple […]

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Bacon and Blue Cheese Potato Salad

Bacon and Blue Cheese Potato Salad May 22, 2014

Memorial Day is almost here and while I’m as guilty as anyone about looking at it as a 3-day weekend that is the official start of summer which often includes pool openings, barbecue and picnics, however, this year the real significance of the holiday is particularly poignant for me. My father served in the Army […]

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Avocado and Orange Chopped Salad with Orange Honey Mustard Dressing

Avocado and Orange Chopped Salad with Orange Honey Mustard Dressing May 19, 2014

Do you remember ‘back in the day’ when you would go to most restaurants and every table had a bottle of oil and vinegar sitting by some napkins and you wondered who the heck would EVER be satisfied with such a simple dressing when you could order a salad with creamy Thousand Island or Ranch […]

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Vodka, Limoncello and Prosecco Sangria with Raspberries

Vodka, Limoncello and Prosecco Sangria with Raspberries May 16, 2014

For all the combinations of wine, liquors and liqueurs that I love I’ve never been particularly fond of Red Wine Sangria. I think I’ve had some that’s had a wine that was too heavy or the entire batch was too heavily spiced. Then one day several years ago I discovered a recipe by Bobby Flay […]

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Sparkling Raspberry and Lime Sherbet Float For Girls’ Night In With Trop50 #GirlsNightIn

Sparkling Raspberry and Lime Sherbet Float May 13, 2014

Summer and ice cream; they are meant to be together aren’t they? For me the quintessential treat during the summer is an ice cream float; that creamy, fizzy combination that is reminiscent of summer days of my childhood when my dad would bring home a gallon jug of soda and some vanilla ice cream and […]

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Raspberry, Limoncello and Prosecco Cooler

Raspberry, Limoncello and Prosecco Cooler May 9, 2014

I first made and posted this Raspberry, Limoncello and Prosecco Cooler a couple of years ago and had a burning desire to bring it out of archives for more than one reason. First I love it and made it last night and was reminded that it had been awhile and really wanted more readers to enjoy […]

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Bisteca ala Panzano’s – Flank Steak with Mashed Potatoes, Pesto and Gorgonzola Cheese

Flank Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Pesto May 7, 2014

I originally posted this dish almost 4 years ago and thought it the perfect entry for Wayback Wednesday; something I started in 2012 that I’ve wanted to get back to on a regular basis. So many great recipes are hidden in archives and I want to share them with the world YOU! I had volunteered […]

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The Best Brownies for Mother’s Day and a #Giveaway from Whole Foods

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No matter if we’re Eight to Eighty…haven’t we all wondered what to give our Mom’s for Mother’s Day? Well I have the perfect idea for you. Don’t sweat what to buy but instead make her some brownies. And not just any brownies, mind you. They have to be very special ones and these fit the […]

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Honey Peach Mint Julep

Honey Peach Mint Julep May 2, 2014

Last year I made this Sparkling Blackberry Mint Julep for the running of the Kentucky Derby and it was life changing (well, in a cocktail sort of way!). Adding fruit to a Mint Julep seems so perfect I have to wonder why the original purveyor of this quintessential Southern cocktail didn’t do it. As much […]

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