Basil Cilantro Lime Pasta

I asked him if he liked pasta. “I’m Italian, of course!” I asked him his favorite herbs. “Cilantro and basil. What about you?” I love both cilantro and basil. I find them aromatically intoxicating, in fact. I asked him if he’d ever had the two with lime. “No. Never.” Done. Wham Bam..Yum Yum! Basil Cilantro…

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Salted Rosemary Olive Oil Bread

I have literally become obsessed. Ever since I discovered the ease and absolute nirvana of freshly baked, crusty artisan bread, I’ve gone crazy. I long to bake it just about every day. In fact, I’m considering quitting my day job just to become a bread baker. Wait, who am I kidding…this is my day job!…

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Fennel Mint Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette

By technical definition, spring is almost here – just over a month away. However, in this neck of the woods, we may experience the glorious blooms and sunshine of the forerunner season to summer one day, and a cold and blustery day reminding us of winter the next. Weather in Colorado is all too unpredictable….

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Chocolate Cherry Balsamic Pie

I wanted to make something for my sweetie pie this year for Valentine’s Day. What’s better than a little slice of pie? Cherry Pie…Chocolate Pie…Chocolate Cherry Pie ~ with a hint of balsamic reduction. Can you see it? Can you smell it? Can you taste it? I’ll bet you can ~ and, needless to say,…

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Rustic Artisan Spiced Honey Currant Bread

The bread was beautiful. Perfect. Flawless. Impeccable. Ideal. Mastered. Utopian. Immaculate. Honed. Polished. Optimal. Exact. Brilliant. Delicious. I simply had to proliferate, profitize, multiplicate, and manufacture more. She said she loved currants ~ So this time, a little allspice, a touch of honey, a handful of currants, and a whole lot more love… Another version…

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The French Twist

“To live the life of a bon vivant, one must learn to adopt a modicum of insouciance and elegance. Beginning with the apéritif. The apéritif’s purpose is to stimulate one’s appetite and prepare for the inevitable joys to come. Répéter: Stimulate, not inebriate.” Dans le monde de St-Germain, the liqueur created in the artisanal French manner from…

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Marbled Pappardelle

So, I simply couldn’t let go of the beauty ~ silky black and brilliant orange farfalle no more Marbled Pappardelle beautiful in every way… Pappardelle [papparˈdɛlle] (sing.: pappardella) are large, very broad, flat pasta noodles, similar to wide fettuccine.[1] The name derives from the verb “pappare”,[2] to gobble up.  

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Tiger Shrimp Farfalle

I’m all about color… …and taste, and texture, and aroma ~ and while we’re at it, class and sophistication, honesty, kindness, intelligence, and curiosity. I digress. Fresh, homemade pasta. A silky black hue and a bright and brilliant orange – tiger stripes. Perfect for a bit of tiger shrimp and a spicy orange sauce. Oh,…

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Cinnamon Glazed Honey Orange Rye Cake

Honey cake emerges from its hibernation around the High Holidays in the fall, when honey and other sweet foods are eaten to usher in a sweet new year. But as much as this is an early fall cake for the holidays, its warming spices make it a perfect winter cake as the finish to a delightful…

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Easy Artisan Bread

“This 5-minute artisan bread recipe is truly revolutionary.” Like so many rustic bread recipes, this easy artisan bread relies on pantry staples—just all-purpose flour, yeast, salt, and water. The trick lies in not kneading the dough but instead mixing the dough in bulk, stashing it in the fridge, and then forgetting about it until the craving for freshly baked bread…

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