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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Bananas Foster Bread and More for the Kentucky Derby!

Bananas Foster Bread and More for the Kentucky Derby! May 1, 2014

I love the Kentucky Derby; the truth is I just love horses. It’s not like I’ve ever had one but their size and beauty has often brought me to tears I just find them so magnificent and I always look forward to seeing them fly like the wind during racing season. As a young girl […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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