Artisan Basil Bread & Fresh Lime Butter

I originally baked this bread on a whim for my hubby on one tired afternoon – as a special treat for him. By the time he arrived home from work, the lights were dimmed, the darkness had taken over for dusk, and he was ready to be “done” for the day. However, he simply couldn’t…

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Parmesan Granola

Yes, this really is a “thing.” In fact, I just created this so-called thing for a dinner party appetizer recently. I wanted something sweet, but I wanted something savory, and I wanted it all-in-one. Who doesn’t love a sharp, tangy cheese and the nectar of the bees¬†anyway? Snackable granola squares: slightly sweet, but elevated by…

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North Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork

When presented with the opportunity to nosh on some North Carolina BBQ standing at the foot of a food truck, I almost passed it up. It wasn’t until he said, “this is good.” “This is really good,” that I chose to partake. It may seem strange, but this man was a magician, and a bit…

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Honey Grapefruit Highball

I’m still floored at the quality and delectability of Glass Vodka. As I’ve stated before, I’m not much of a vodka drinker. In fact, I rarely partake…unless it’s in the form of Glass. And, I don’t like sweet – so the intensity of the honey nectar infusion without the sticky sweet – continues to amaze…

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Seeded Cracker Crisps

“Seedy, lighter-than-air crackers are bubbly baked in cheese and crowned with savory seeds and smoke.” Crispy? Check. Cheesey? Check. Fancy looking but easy to make? Check. These crackers are pure GOLD! If you’re looking for a quick snack, here’s your answer. If you’re looking for a somewhat fancy-schmancy gourmet accompaniment to your entertaining appetizer board,…

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Pistachio Tomato Pesto Twist

It’s not often that I end up with leftovers in the kitchen. I pride myself on my efficiency and exactness in planning (or I force-feed any extras to my hubby – just kidding). In any case, the fridge is either chock full of items in preparation for the creation of the day, or absolutely empty…

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Homemade Tonic & Infinity Jars

If you’re a regular reader, you know I’ve been delving into the world of cocktails. I’ll never give up my sommelier certification and passion for wine ~ and I’ll continue to educate myself on a daily basis in that arena, but I’ll still stand behind my bar (or kitchen counter) and experiment to no end…

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New York High Rye

It seems like cocktails always have some sort of a cute name or use a play on words. I recently discovered Redemption High Rye and figured I could beat out a mixologist or cocktail waitress this time with my clever christening name game. The New York High Rye was born. (Do you get the play…

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Grapefruit Cabbage Globes with Basil & Cilantro

I know, I know. The photos display these little orbs not to be full “globes,” per se, but more like mounds, or half-moons. But the full circle just falls so much more easily off the tongue – And I couldn’t help but share these elegant snack-sized bites after devouring the dish myself. Winter is still…

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