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Chocolate & Hazelnuts Dessert

Take a virtual private cooking lesson with me! You can't go wrong with chocolate & hazelnuts in whipped cream enveloped in a round of pound cake slices doused in liqueurs.  This all-in-one dessert is great as a centerpiece at the end of a casual dinner or served in addition to other sweets.  Put it together [...]

By | September 14th, 2017|Cooking Techniques, Impressive and Easy, Recipes, Sweets|0 Comments

Chilled Strawberry Soup

Gazpacho, Vichyssoise, Cucumber, Melon, Berries..... Chilled Strawberry Soup is just one of these wonderful varieties of cold summer soups.  Super easy to throw together,  an efficient use of over-ripe & aging produce and a nice change up from the same old same old.   Make them ahead, serve with a salad & crusty bread, you've got [...]

By | August 1st, 2017|Appetizers, Impressive and Easy, Recipes, Seasonal Produce|0 Comments

Fresh BASIL, the gentle giant of fresh herbs

Who doesn't love fresh Basil? Pesto in the works Pesto comes to mind immediately, as does fresh mozzarella and tomatoes topped with Basil chiffonade and a really nice dark Balsamic drizzle.  Aka as a Caprese salad.  Mmmmm.  Summer.   This is a gorgeous photo and delightfully unique presentation of a Caprese salad using [...]

Chill out with a Gingersnap Ice Box Pie

QUICK to prepare, always a hit, perfect for a hot summer menu!   This  Gingersnap Ice Box Pie recipe can be used with a variety of flavors.   It has the crunch of gingersnaps in a crust and ice box cold ice cream or sherbert as the highlight.  It was such fun discovering this during a [...]

By | June 15th, 2017|Impressive and Easy, Recipes, Sweets|0 Comments

The Perfect Easy Summer Salad

Who doesn't love an easy summer salad? This summer salad is great as a stand alone light meal or as a complement to any protein.  Full of texture, coolness & tang in every bite for a blast of flavor.  We created this for a team building cooking session a few summers ago and it is [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Grocery Store, Impressive and Easy, Recipes|0 Comments

May, Mothers Day & Meringues

Meringues have a delicate personality that spells love. Meringues are the perfect way to make Mom feel special and a great project for kids. Factor in 30 minutes prep time, an hour in the oven and you're done!  This decadent dessert base is made of egg whites & sugar whipped into a beautifully silky, glossy, [...]

How do you make Simple Syrups?

Why Simple Syrups? Simple Syrups are sooo easy to make and don't take much in the way of ingredients.  They're a great way to use up fruits that may be too sour, are on their way out and losing their freshness.  How about adding that last bit of fresh herbs you don't know what to [...]

Flavored butters

Butter makes everything better. Compound butter simply means butter mixed with other seasonings to be used as a flavor enhancer.  It will also add an element of color and texture.  Particularly when blended with fresh herbs, this butter can raise the ante on any steak or chops.  Add a fat slice of shallot butter to [...]

Spooky Apps

Need to bring a spooky dish to the party? I got ya covered!  Here are 5 quick and spooky ideas for your Halloween celebration. Black Garlic Brie    Not only is this creepy looking,  it'll knock the costumes off the guests it is so scrumptious.  The only work involved is buying 3 ingredients & zesting an [...]

By | October 9th, 2016|Appetizers, Feeding a Crowd, Holidays, Impressive and Easy|0 Comments

7 reasons to buy Scallions

Scallions Your Go-To Vegetable When I think scallions, I think salsa. A little black bean, a little corn, a little fire-roasted tomatoes, and a little scallion... yum.  Keep them on the weekly grocery list! But in summer, I find myself breaking out the scallion for more than just my tortilla chips. Scallions are great [...]