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

Thumbnail image for Curried Chicken Salad with Dried Cranberries and Toasted Walnuts June 10, 2014

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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