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Go Red White & Blue this weekend

Bring something fabulously Patriotic to the table. This Memorial Day weekend, go red, white & blue.  Think red fruits, tomatoes & red peppers.  Blueberries & black-n-blue grapes.  Jicama, fennel & cauliflower, all white vegys waiting to be salsa & salads.   For dessert white, go with cream, vanilla ice cream, white chocolate.  Marshmallows!  Get creative with [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Holidays, MISCELLANEOUS, Recipes, Seasonal Produce|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, [...]

Choosing New Recipes

So many recipe choices, so little time. Sometimes you just need a change up from the same old recipes you've been working with or you may want to explore a new ingredient.  Whatever your mission is, there are many resources at your fingertips.  When choosing new recipes,  I adore browsing and searching through cookbooks.  Although, [...]

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 [...]

Simple Pan Roasted Chicken

A value pack of chicken is not  just for grilling with BBQ sauce... Chicken leg quarters make a simple weeknight dinner that can be in the oven cooking while you're settling in after a long stressful day.  If you can spare a few minutes in the morning or even the night before, this dish can [...]

Never worked with an Artichoke?

Spring = Artichokes When you see a display of artichokes as you enter the produce section of your grocery, it must be late March or April!  THIS is when you want to buy, cook and eat artichokes.  See the purple on this one?  That's what you want to look for when picking one out, and [...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Cookies make the perfect host & hostess thank you... Next time you visit friends for a quick get away weekend, ask the hosts for their favorite cookies and put them together in one cookie!   Two classics, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip, go well together.  You'll find a few recipe choices online that call for [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|An Efficient Kitchen, Cooking Techniques, FLAVORING, Recipes|0 Comments

Gingerbread: something for everybody

I'm not talkin Men or Houses.... I adore Gingerbread in desserts.  It's luscious when served warm & aromatic out of the oven, topped with cinnamon spiked whipped cream.  Simple & delish!  For a festive holiday brunch, serve gingerbread waffles or even pancakes!  A boxed mix batter will do- may want to thin it out with [...]

Let Me Teach You About Bread Pudding

When I hear the words bread pudding... I am reminded of the English frog in Beatrix Potter, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, who says on the way to dinner with his comrades, in a very snotty voice, " I do believe it will be a very good pud-ding." My introduction to this scrumptious recipe concept, was at [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Cooking Techniques, Feeding a Crowd, FLAVORING, Holidays, Recipes|0 Comments

Eeezy Do-Ahead Chocolate Lava Cakes

Eeezy Do-Ahead Chocolate Lava Cakes Love these for simple entertaining!    Really, it's an easy three step process.  Bake the cakes & freeze up to a week in advance.  Then hollow, fill & chill 4-6 hours ahead.   Just before serving, reheat & add final toppings.  The icing on this cake is that you can do it [...]

By | October 1st, 2016|Feeding a Crowd, Recipes|0 Comments