Simple Butternut Squash Soup

While I absolutely love living where I do and the loft lifestyle, there is a very small part of me who misses my garden crop. Only once in my life did I ever successfully grow a garden ~ but it was a magical year. The zillions of zucchini and beautiful bounty of spaghetti and “squtternutbash”…

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Basil Feta Balsamic Persimmon Chips

Let’s face it, the holidays are here. Parties today, tomorrow, and every day. Succulent sweets and salty eats abound. What might we create to both impress the guests, as well as provide a welcome retreat from the traditional holiday fare? Something seasonal, yes. Something colorful, of course. Something delicious, absolutely. Done. Basil Feta Balsamic Persimmon…

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Maple Cream Shortbread Pudding Pie

What do you do when you have an entire batch of Maple Shortbread Cookie dough leftover? You bake a pudding pie, of course. With chocolate – and add a little maple cream. That’s what you do. Trust me. I’m a pro. And I’ve done it. Maple Cream Shortbread Pudding Pie Maple Shortbread: 2 cups all…

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Maple Shortbread Cookies

I’ve always dreamed of visiting the east coast during the change of seasons. The bright, vibrant colors and crisp autumn air appeal to all my senses. I can see the maple trees, brilliant red and gold, the covered bridges, and the baby blue sky. The contrast – the color – all of it – the…

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Kalsarikännit

Did you know there is a Finish word for drinking at home in your underwear? Indeed, Finland’s Tourism Board put together a dictionary (complete with accompanying emojis you can download) of “hard-to-describe Finnish emotions, words, and customs.” Included in the list of 56 phrases is kalsarikännit (pronounced cal-sar-y-cuhn-eet). It describes the “feeling when you are…

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Boozy Ice Cream

Adult ice cream. Now there’s a novel idea. A sweet treat just especially for us. I can see the business model, and I’m ready. Now that I’ve experimented a little, have the proportions down pat, the flavor combination ideas are drowning my thoughts, my focus, and my figures. Or, maybe that’s just the wine. I…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

I adore my darling, Valerie and I revere her marvelous masterpieces in the kitchen. We often cook together, but there are so many times she crafts and creates utterly amazing indulgences all on her own. Her prestidigitation, on this occasion, resulted in some mighty wood Banana Walnut Bread. Mighty Good. Drooling in envy, I “borrowed”…

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Rosemary Balsamic Artisanal Bread

What do you do when your bestie surprises you with a proofing bowl delivered to your front door? You bake bread, of course. Aromatic rosemary and sweet balsamic bread, in this case. I’m so spoiled. Rosemary Balsamic Artisanal Bread 1 1/2 cups warm water 1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast 1 1/2 tsp. sugar 1…

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Lemon Vanilla Mint Shortbread Tartelettes

We had a party! Actually, we didn’t have the party, our neighbors did. But, we got to participate, and that’s just as great! Sangria and tapas. I offered to bring dessert. Something “tapa-ish,” bite-sized, and not too sweet. A tapa (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtapa]), in Spanish cuisine, is an appetizer, or snack. It may be cold (such…

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Cucumber Sheets & Homemade Honey Mustard

For years and years and years I told myself I had no need for a KitchenAid mixer. Yes, that was the “story” I was telling myself. Even though I wanted one sooooo badly. They are made in such miraculous colors ~ vibrant red, retro aqua, pastel pink…and shiny blackberry. I now have the blackberry. It’s…

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