Avocado Pomegranate Salad

On a recent weekend excursion, I fell in love, once again, with avocado. It’s not as though I ever really lost my love affair or adoration of the silky, creamy, delicious fruit…it’s just that in the mix of the winter weather and holidays, my avocado indulgences seemed to be forgotten. They are back. And they…

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Cinnamon Orange Marmalade Swirl Bars

There’s always a way to use leftovers. Always a way to create a sweet treat – or a treat of any kind. Always. Cinnamon Orange Marmalade Swirl Bars 1 cup vanilla wafers 4 Tbs. butter, melted 6 oz. cream cheese, softened 6 oz. sour cream 2/3 cup powdered sugar 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup…

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Cinnamon Orange Marmalade

I grew up eating breakfast every morning at the table with my dad. Neither my mom nor my sister were as early of risers as we were. This was our special time together. And whether we were noshing on Special K cereal topped with strawberries and heavy cream (sshh…the cream was always a secret we…

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Chambord Manhattan

Chambord Liqueur is a 16.5% abv raspberry liqueur modelled after a liqueur produced in the Loire Valley of France during the late 17th century. The Chambord product brand has been owned and produced by the Brown-Forman Corporation since 2006. Chambord is made from red and black raspberries, Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel, honey and cognac. Let…

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Apple Onion Brandied Raisin Pithivier

In the words of Joanne Chang: When I started working at Payard Pâtisserie in New York City, I had already been a pastry chef in Boston for a few years. I couldn’t wait to see what this French guy could teach me. On my first day, I was handed a stack of recipes—all in French—and…

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Cranberry Pear Butter Pie

You know when you read something or see something and it ignites a spark or a little fire inside? When it comes to food – my insides are filled with little sparklers of inspiration. Just a glimmer of an idea and I’m crazy on my canvas of creativity. This time the ignition came in the…

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Simple Sugar Cookies

It’s that time of year. Christmas cookies – sugar cookies! Simple, delicious, and delicately decorated. Simple Sugar Cookies 8 Tbs. butter, softened 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 large eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3 cups all purpose flour 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar 1-2 Tbs. water or milk…

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Chocolate Cherry Brandied Raisin Cinnamon Pie

As a teenager, I fondly remember the week of summer camp. Capture the Flag in the woods, all night cabin escapades, and fond memories of sunrise hikes flood my mind. I also remember the camp store. This is where we were able to buy snacks each afternoon. Traditionally, my afternoon snack has consisted of an…

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Creamy Cashew Brandy Pear Tart

Similar to the Vanilla Fig Rosemary Cheesecake Bars, I sought to create something truly spectacular and over the top delicious for my friends and family. The flavors are intricate and ever so subtle all at once this time. Nothing pronounced. Nothing nuanced. But rich, romantic, and reminiscent of reverie.   Creamy Cashew Brandy Pear Tart…

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Lemon Rosemary Chicken Lasagna

Lasagna doesn’t always have to be sausage, mozzarella, and red sauce. There really are no rule. Lemon. Chicken. Rosemary. Swiss. Lasagna layers of love. Lemon Rosemary Chicken Lasagna Lasagna Noodles: 1 cup all purpose flour 1 egg zest and juice of 1 lemon On the counter or in a large bowl, form a well in…

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