Starry Night

The Starry Night is an oil on canvas by the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Painted in June 1889, it depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an idealized village. It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of…

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Luscious Lemon Bars

Lemon bars are classy. They are a little bit fancy. And they are super yummy when made with love and care, as well as fresh lemon juice! Alongside a little bubbly, these lemon bars were a hit! Luscious Lemon Bars 1/2 lb. butter, softened (2 sticks) 2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup powdered sugar…

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Mint Lemonade Bread

I had another one of those days when I simply felt compelled to cook – to bake – to create something in the kitchen. As we made our way home from a golfing adventure, something completely out of the ordinary for us, I daydreamed about what sort of goodness I could craft in the limited…

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Sweet Tangy Salty Steak Spread

Whether you’re a meat eater who appreciates a great seared steak or a veggie fanatic who sticks to plant pleasures, this creamy sweet potato spread will knock your socks off! It has all the elements of flavor you possibly need – And other than slathering across a perfectly seared strip steak and chicken breast, I…

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Coconut Lime Macadamia Chicken

Some days you just need to make pasta. Well, at least in my world. I need to get my hands in the flour, in the dough. I need to feel the mixture in between my fingers and I need to see and admire the work of art that ensues. Being that we are cilantro fanatics…

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Salty Whiskey Mac n’ Cheese

Rather than cook, create, craft, and decorate to impress, this time I opted for comfort. Dinner with the best of friends = family = pjs = comfort food. Mac n’ Cheese Don’t get me wrong, my competitive spirit and food loving heart never gave up the desire to stun the taste buds of my guests….

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Oeufs a la Neige – Snow Eggs

Oeufs à la neige, or snow eggs, are a classic French dessert of small poached meringues, floating in a custard sauce. Some people call it ile flottante or floating island, but that dessert is, technically, one big meringue floating in custard sauce. Whatever you call is, know it is delicious. And, quite perfect for an elegant…

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Sweet Cinnamon Orange Marmalade Chocolate Swirl Bread

It may no longer be Christmas morning, but honestly, these Sweet Cinnamon Orange Marmalade Chocolate Swirl “rolls” can be served at any time, on any day. Yum! Sweet Cinnamon Orange Marmalade Chocolate Swirl Bread Dough: 1 pkg. active dry yeast (1/4 oz) 1 tsp. white sugar 1 cup warm water 2 1/2 cup all purpose…

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Cranberry Triple Cream Pastry Braid

Another party plate perhaps? We’ve got you covered: appetizer, dessert, even breakfast! The holidays aren’t over yet, in my book. Continue baking! Cranberry Triple Cream Pastry Braid 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed 1 cup cranberry sauce 6 oz. triple cream brie cheese 1/2 cup Bourbon Candied Pecans 1 egg + 1 Tbs. water Preheat oven…

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Manchego Green Chile Tamale Pie

Despite what my hubby believe, tamales really are a “thing” around the holidays. They are. Believe me. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and even over the new year, tamales are a “thing.” While I don’t have the energy, gumption, or heritage to devote to concocting full blown tamales at this point in my life, I do…

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