Sesame Seared Tuna & Coconut Basil Rice

Is there anything better than a seared tuna steak? Well, yes. But, you do understand that a properly seared piece of ahi is nothing less than heaven on earth. Especially when paired with creamy coconut rice and basil ~ and the flavors and aroma of sesame.

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Sakura Mint Speakeasy Splash

A few months ago I attended the grand opening of a new little speakeasy in town. I love little secrets – gems like this – located in the far back of a new hoppin’ shoppe, known only to an industry few. It really made my day as we pushed through the “secret wall” to be…

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Steak & Lobster Thermidor

Lobster Thermidor is a French dish consisting of a creamy mixture of cooked lobster meat, egg yolks, and brandy (often cognac), stuffed into a lobster shell. It can also be served with an oven-browned cheese crust, typically Gruyère. The sauce must contain mustard (typically powdered mustard). Due to expensive ingredients and extensive preparation involved, Lobster Thermidor is usually considered a recipe primarily for special occasions. Did you see the indication…

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Citrus Sundown

This little cocktail was actually a bit of an accident. In the heat of the summer, I wanted to create something rather refreshing.

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Carrot Raisin Walnut Muffins

As a guest at Valerie’s one afternoon last week, my very favorite part of the day was her comment, “I accidentally bought this gold lined muffin tin at Williams Sonoma.” I laughed and laughed and laughed. That’s my new motto, “I accidentally bought this today…”

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