Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cabbage and Pine Nuts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cabbage and Pine Nuts December 5, 2013

It is the season for Brussels sprouts and I wanted to revisit this amazing dish that I first posted a couple of years ago; it was my first foray into trying sprouts again after avoiding them like the plague for years. Brussels sprouts have seen an upsurge in popularity the past few years and this […]

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My Favorite Christmas Cookies Include Pecan Butter Balls + More!

Pecan Butter Balls December 4, 2013

I first posted about these cookies a couple of years ago; back when my dog was my most loyal reader. Since today is National Cookie Day I thought it perfect to offer them again along with other holiday favorites. I love these cookies and so does everyone I make them for so timing was perfect […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Ricotta and Toasted Walnuts

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Ricotta and Toasted Walnuts December 3, 2013

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of participating in a luncheon at The Seasoned Chef Cooking School in Denver that was  hosted by the folks who own Epicurean Butter; another local Denver company. Epicurean had brought in Chef Julius Russell to prepare several dishes using their product to introduce it to local food writers, […]

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Lady in Red – Celebrating #Red Friday with a Cocktail from Maker’s Mark

Lady in Red - Celebrating #Red Friday with a Cocktail from Maker's Mark November 29, 2013

If you’re like me and have decided to hunker down and avoid the craziness of this ‘Day of Shopping and Angry People During the Season of Love’ know you are not alone! Enjoy this cocktail that evolved from a fun online chat with Makers Mark and @PamelaWiznitzer, a fantastic female mixologist in New York City.

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Best Cranberry Sauce I’ve Ever Made…has some Booze of Course!

The Best Fresh Cranberry Sauce...has Orange Liqueur! November 27, 2013

Seriously it really is the best…and I’ve made a LOT of cranberry sauces. It’s the one thing I like to do differently every year for the holidays. Mostly because it’s so easy to make (I am definitely in the ANTI-CAN group; never loved it and never will!) but also because I think it’s really versatile. […]

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Low Country Shrimp Dip Appetizer with Parrano Cheese

Low Country Shrimp Dip Appetizer with Parrano Cheese November 25, 2013

In the midst of all of the holiday preparations I find myself immersed in two big moves. My Thanksgiving holiday is going  to be anything but a holiday this year and I’m sure I’m not alone. My daughter Emily is moving to North Carolina for a new job and they want her there and in […]

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Boozy Bread Pudding and a Pioneer Woman Cookbook Giveaway

Boozy Bread Pudding and a Pioneer Woman Cookbook Giveaway November 22, 2013

OK, so maybe this is not really a cocktail for Friday Cocktails but the term boozy is not to be taken lightly. The contribution that bourbon makes to this dish is heady stuff and just a perfect grownup dessert during the upcoming holidays. No matter which ones you celebrate shouldn’t they all simply be called […]

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Balsamic and Blue Cheese Steak Sandwich from the National Beef Cook-Off

Balsamic and Blue Cheese Steak Sandwich from the National Beef Cookoff November 18, 2013

This past July I was asked to be a judge for the National Beef Cookoff; with some irony the request included information on what I could expect including having my travel arrangements handled for me. How cool was that? Well, except my travel itinerary would basically consist of: Get in car. Drive approximately 4 miles. […]

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The Kristen Kocktail with Cabo Wabo Diablo – Celebrating Dine and Dish 7th Blog Anniversary!

The Kristen Kocktail - Celebrating Dine and Dish 7th Blogiversay with Cabo Wabo Diablo November 15, 2013

I love the spontaneous (shall we say combustion?) that can happen over a comment or two on Twitter. I’ve met someone for cocktails on a moment’s notice, planned a wine gathering, supported a friend in need and welcomed new babies into the fold. After years on Twitter I’ve amassed a lot of followers but those […]

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Roasted Green Beans with Pancetta, Red Onions and Garlic from Stir Cooking School

Roasted Green Beans with Pancetta, Red Onions and Garlic November 14, 2013

Several weeks ago I heard from a local PR firm that wanted to share with me information on Stir Cooking School, a local venue in the Highlands area of Denver. I get a lot of press releases about local happenings but since my posts are primarily about what’s going on in my kitchen they might […]

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Sesame Chicken – Crockpot Style

Sesame Chicken - Crockpot Style November 11, 2013

I just love Sesame Chicken. I have an old recipe on a faded recipe card that I’ve made once; loved it but it’s simply not something I want to go to the trouble of making often. Or ever. I think the best version of Sesame Chicken to eat at home comes via delivery from a […]

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Mandarine Napoléon Liqueur and Marengo’s Punch

Mandarine Napoléon’s Marengo’s Punch November 8, 2013

When I was asked to sample Mandarine Napoléan liqueur, I thought of how much I’ve always loved Mandarin oranges; and by Mandarin oranges I mean those little segments that come in a can. While I can’t think of one other fruit that I buy by the can, I can’t deny I’ll still stock several cans […]

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Toasted Pecan and Penuche Cookies with Dark Chocolate and My ‘Baking Fantasty’ with Diamond Nuts

Toasted Pecan and Penuche Cookies with Dark Chocolate November 5, 2013

When I was approached about participating in an opportunity to share a baking fantasy my first thought was simple. I fantasize that my cookies will not go flat; seriously that’s my ultimate baking goal. It is the lament of many bakers in this neck of the woods…or rather this giraffe’s neck of the woods. We […]

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Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Bourbon Cream Sauce

Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Bourbon Cream Sauce November 4, 2013

I originally posted this recipe back in the dark ages. No photos. No stories. Just ingredients and preparation. There are days I miss that; when it was so easy to share something with…I’m not sure. Before the days of blogs; interaction was slight, I might receive an email once in a blue moon but for […]

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Walnut Shortbread Cookies with Raspberry Jam and Chocolate Drizzle and a Cookie Rumble!

Walnut Shortbread Cookies with Raspberry Jam and Chocolate Drizzle November 1, 2013

Have you ever had the itch to create a cookie made just for serving as dessert with Port wine? Cookies and wine might not seem a natural match to many but they can be a delicious end to a meal if the right cookie is selected. Not too sweet, maybe with a hint of fruit […]

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