Blackberry Serrano Sourdough Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Remember how much you loved grilled cheese sandwiches as a kid? I loved mine with a hearty bowl of tomato soup. Of course, my version of grilled cheese wasn’t just any old white bread and American cheese sammy, mine was the REAL DEAL. Yes, thick, hearty grain bread covered in just barely melted, sharp manchego…

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Salted Rosemary Dark Chocolate Brownies

I had the rare opportunity to spend this last Saturday alone. While I typically adore my “me” time, I felt rather lonely this weekend. Thus, what did I do to solve the problem? I hit the kitchen for some super delicious, ultra crunchy sea salt and rosemary scented brownies. We all know how much I…

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Green Chile Enchilada Lasagna

There has always been that problem of soggy bottom enchiladas. You know what I mean. The tortillas become soggy and slimy. Soggy bottoms may be your cup of tea, but they are certainly not mine. And, I’m NOT willing to fry. Alas, the solution is here! Soggy bottoms no more. A green chile lasagna, of…

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake Pie AGAIN

So, you’ve seen this pie before. In little mini, individual versions. Spices. Carrots. Cream cheese custard. PIE. Oh, my! This time I decided to go for the full shebang! I doubled the recipe, used a super duper deep pie plate, and garnished galore. Eat your heart out, baby! Spiced Carrot Cheesecake Pie Spiced Carrot Cheesecake…

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Orange Sesame Chicken and Carrots

I’ve never been a huge fan of Chinese food. In fact, we just had this discussion the other day. Why is it that we LOVE Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese cuisine, but that darn old “American” Chinese food leaves us feeling so incredibly awful? Battered. Fried. Sickly sweet. Heavy. Yuck. But, who doesn’t love the taste…

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Grapefruit Rosemary Custard Pie

I’ve been on a bit of a pie kick lately. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been truly blessed with the honor of providing pie for “Pie and Punch Hour.” Yep, that’s it. That’s exactly why. And this one…it’s more than a pie. non traditional saltine crust it’s a country crust, I’d say – just like that of…

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Red Wine Spinach Pasta Nests

I wanted something super simple for dinner, but also something super duper tasty. Red wine is a no-brainer, of course. Thus, a red wine sauce simmered with chicken, nesting inside spinach linguine did the trick for dinner tonight. Red Wine Spinach Pasta Nests 1 Tbs. butter or olive oil 1 Tbs. minced shallots 1 tsp. fresh…

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Blue Cheese Corn Cake Burger Beacon

Blue cheese burgers…but without a bun? The answer comes in the form of a polenta patty, or “corn cake,” if you will. And towered a top each other, we gain a beautiful burger beacon. Pretty remarkable, right? Yes. It is remarkable in that we are able to satisfy our tastebuds uniquely, creatively, and beautifully each…

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Lemon Rosemary Shortbread Cookie Coins

Last month I had the opportunity to attend a remarkable afternoon class at a local distillery entitled, “Gin vs. Vodka.” I’m in love with the small little gang of distillers and simply could not attend empty handed. Full of flavor and bursting with aromatics, I decided to provide a perfect pairing of flavor for the…

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Spiced Carrot Cheesecake Pie

For a long, long time, carrot cake was my very favorite – I think it was because it has always been my mom’s favorite… Recently I’ve been dreaming up a way to combine the earthy sweet of my great carrot cake fondness with the creamy texture of richly whipped cheesecake AND the dreamy crust of…

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