Black Walnut Oregano Pesto

If you’ve ever made pesto before, you know the process has a lot to do with feel ~ not necessarily measuring. A lot of things are that way in life… feel your way through~ In this case, with an abundance of fresh herbs from the garden, a few handfuls of peppery oregano, a sprig or…

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Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Poached Egg

Sometimes you just need a freshly poached egg – straight from your best friend’s hen house. And then, you also need to live on the edge…treat yourself to some sautéed wild mushrooms, steamed asparagus, a touch of rosemary, sesame oil, and honey…and just savor EVERY. SINGLE. BITE. Yes, do you. Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Poached…

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Chocolate Salami

It happened again  This time I want you to pay attention! 😊 Chocolate salami is a Portuguese and Italian dessert made from dark chocolate, broken cookies, butter, eggs and a bit of port wine or rum. The dessert became popular across Europe and elsewhere, often losing alcohol as an ingredient along the way. Well, if I have my way (and I almost always do), this Portuguese-Italian version of chocolate…

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Easy Blackcurrant Jam

“Do you like to make jam?” he asked me. “How about blackcurrant bushes.” “Umm…I don’t know. Sure?” Last fall, as our yard was being landscaped, I was offered blackcurrant bushes for both the decorative, and homemade jam, culinary purposes. There have been very few times in my life when I’ve lived in an area where…

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Salted Honey Cantaloupe Jam

So, I have to give Bon Appétit all the credit for this one. 99.9% all of the recipes are my own creations. Perhaps inspired by things I’ve tasted and seen in my adventuresome apposition in life, they are still all mine. This one, however, I made pretty much to a tee ~ well, not really, as…

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Blueberry Basil Avocado Salad

So many times I hear and feel the intimidation of a simple salad creation exuding from those who are not quite as familiar with the kitchen as I am. Salads are so simple for me. Just throw it all in and you’re set to go! Apparently others feel nervous about just the right flavor combination,…

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Salted Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

We all know there’s nothing like the duo peanut butter and chocolate creates on the palate and in the soul. Almond butter does the same thing ~ it really does. And, then add the crunch of flaked sea salt and you’ll truly believe you’ve died and gone to heaven. Salted Chocolate Almond Butter Cups 2…

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Honey Bumble Blackberry Bundt Cake (disaster)

Remember how I don’t like to use the term “failure?” Thus, rather than a kitchen “fail” (ahem, this would be a perfect candidate for a Pinterest Fail or a Pintrosity post), I am carefully choosing the term disaster. The concept was simple, kicky, and cute. A honey cake, baked in a series of decorative mini bundt…

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Portuguese Chocolate Salami

Chocolate salami is a Portuguese and Italian dessert made from dark chocolate, broken cookies, butter, eggs and a bit of port wine or rum. The dessert became popular across Europe and elsewhere, often losing alcohol as an ingredient along the way. Rest assured, we did NOT lose the alcohol along the way in this little…

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