Chocolate Sesame Miso-Sweet Potato Pie

Can you imagine the umami goodness of sesame and miso kissed with the subtle sweetness of cashew butter, vanilla, and sugar, all whipped into the hearty seduction of chocolate and sweet potatoes and baked into a pie? Now you can.

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Lemon Rosemary Fig Shortbread Bars

There are a few special men in my life who deserve the title of “Cookie Monster.” My darling hubby, Brian, my dear old dad, and I recently discovered a traveling companion, Wes, is quite the cookie lover. Quite. I’m not as fond of the sweet stuff myself, unless it comes in the form of fresh…

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Strawberry Rose Rhubarb Panna Cotta

Just as spring began to emerge this year, I said to Valerie, “I really want to make rhubarb rose panna cotta.” Of course, she smiled and said, “okay.” What else would she say? Any excuse for us to get into the kitchen and whip up a sweet or a savory storm leaves us both grinning….

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Blueberry Jalapeño Balsamic Glazed Burrata Crisps

I’m all about kicking things up a notch when it comes to flavor. I adore adding a bit of “hot” to the cool sweet of fresh fruit. Years ago I made an award winning Kicky Blackberry Compote, satisfying the tastebuds of the Pacific Northwest. This time I did something similar, but with blueberries and jalapeños,…

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The Brando

This simple drink became popular in the 1970s, though no one’s really sure of its origins. Some stories say it was inspired by the famous gangster film of the same name; others say that the Don himself, Marlon Brando, drank it regularly. I don’t know if we’ll ever know the truth of the tale. But…

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Earl Grey Chocolate Mousse

Mousse in a blender? I may not be a mousse expert, but when I saw this idea I was fairly certain that one did not make mousse in a blender. I went ahead and tried the task anyway, tweaking the recipe to my own liking, just in case. As I poured the liquid blender mousse into ramekins…

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Kybriska Cocktail

Pronounced “ky-ber-ish-ka/” This really is a nonsense word – actually the origin of the word literally means “Welsh.” The cocktail, however, is not nonsense at all.

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