Bunny Cakes

Happy Easter! The day is certainly about more than chocolate, sprinkles, and little bunnies. However, it is often fun to celebrate the Rising with a splash of color and some glitter and glam. Allow yourself a little fun and the day to be dazzled. Bunny Cakes Easy White Cake: 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup…

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Hummus Veggie Sliders

I grew up with the genius of Fannie Farmer at my fingertips. Both Mom and Dad would reference the aging and ginormous encyclopedia of recipes when cooking for the family. Unfortunately, through the shuffle of life, the ancient and cherished bound pages were lost. While I long for the rustic smell of the aged paper…

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Margarita Pasta

Let’s be clear ~ this is not your traditional Italian Pizza Margherita type pasta. This is the REAL deal Margarita–tequila, lime, and salt. That’s right. The secret is in the sauce. I got to thinking a few weeks ago about how to infuse the flavors of the Mexican Margarita into the quality comfort of a…

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Pistachio Rose Shortbread

I will absolutely never arrive as a guest empty handed. I insist on some sort of accoutrement gift as a thank you for my host or hostesses. This time, the gift from the hands of my heart happened to be an ever fragrant and brilliantly baked shortbread tart.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Do you really need an excuse to eat chocolate chip cookies or cheesecake any day of the week, or any time of day for that matter? I don’t think so. And, to take it a step further, I don’t think you even need an excuse to eat them together ~

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Grapefruit Fennel Mint Scallops

For years and years I never ate scallops, or any shellfish for that matter. It was a texture thing for me. However, now that I’ve jumped into the sea of fresh seafood (which is difficult, I might add, in a landlocked state), I often explore. Scallops have been one of those things that I’ve enjoyed…

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Candied Lime

Not to toot my own horn or boast about my skills in the kitchen, but I’m pretty darn good. After all, I’ve had quite a bit of practice. I’ve candied lemon peel, I’ve candied orange peel, I’ve even candied grapefruit. This concept is nothing new. However, this time I made a mistake. I left the…

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Hickory Smoked Candied Pecans

As I am delving into the world of spirits, I am finding myself absolutely adoring the celestial orb of whiskey and single malt Scotch. It’s delicious. And while I’m highly versed in the arena of food and wine pairing, I’m just beginning to explore the food flavor combinations that complement and creatively coincide with smooth and…

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Spiced Avocado Mousse & Blood Orange Cinnamon Cream

Avocado Mousse is one of my favorite ways to both magically surprise staunch fruit and veggie eschewers, and to gently “trick” them just a little bit. You see, raw avocado mousse tastes nothing like the creamy goddess green fruit (often confused for a veggie). It also tastes no where near healthy ~ masquerading as mere…

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Sesame Date Horseradish Chicken

I was presented with yet another challenge in the kitchen involving horseradish. The spicy root is one of those things that can be quite tricky, unless you’re using the creamy store-bought “prepared” version for your roast beef sammie or prime rib meal. I wanted something just a tad bit more gourmet than that, and much…

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