The Noble Rot Salad

I simply love the fresh produce available in the PNW. While living in Portland for a few years, I was over-the-top spoiled. Fresh berries. Ripe peaches. Herbs abounding. Veggies cascading. Crisp apples throughout the fall. Bounties of interesting and exotic winter squash throughout the colder months. For a Colorado native living outside easy access to…

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Vivian’s Mint Mojito

You may find this hard to believe, but I’d never had a mojito until this summer! One of my dearest friends on earth, invited me over for a garden “drink” on one of the hottest days of the summer. She claimed her mojitos are truly the best. WOW! Boy do I believe it!

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Kentucky Lemon Mule

Over the summer we took a trip to Portland with the notion that we would eat and drink our way through the Pearl District. We did just that. Oh, my. The libations and nibbles in the PNW are out of this world. We are still dreaming about a salad we shared on the rooftop of…

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Lime Roasted Tomato Coconut Quiche

One doesn’t always think of combining tomatoes and limes together. In fact, upon first notion, even to me I feel like the zingy citrus and the sweet acid clash and collide unattractively. However, if you think a little deeper about the combination, you begin to realize how well the amalgamation works: salsa. Oh yes, right?…

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The Iron Maiden

Apparently this drink is really referred to as: “The Irish Maid” I searched and searched in an effort to discover the truth behind this conniving name. All I was able to uncover was that the recipe was adapted from a cocktail created by Jack McGarry at The Dead Rabbit in NYC. Hmmmm… Well, my beloved…

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Dill Pickle Soup

In another frenzy of cleaning out my kitchen cupboards and refrigerator, I came across a lovely little jar of cornichons. (Cornichon:┬áThese minuscule sour French pickles are: 1. adorable; 2. absolutely delicious; and 3. very useful.) I remember using them for a specific recipe a while back…but now I can’t remember which recipe it was. Oh…

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Cilantro Lime Steak Stack

I tend to be pretty humble when it comes to the food I make. I share with blustery excitement, simply because I’m just that: excited. However, my intention is not to boast or bore with the creativity I concoct in the kitchen. This time, though, it’s different. I’ll take bragging rights on this one. I…

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Italian Steak and Potatoes

I’m really good at using the items I have on-hand to whip up something delicious. After all, that’s how I learned to cook. Growing up as the blessed daughter of two gourmet food brokers, we didn’t have much money, but we did have access to some of the best foods on earth. A weekday evening…

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Unicorns & Rainbows: Cotton Candy Ice Cream Burrito

I’m not sure why I find it so strange that a good girlfriend of mine adores cotton candy. I mean really, why should she have to justify her tendency to sweets when I’m leaning towards bags and bags of kale chips on end and a block of cheese a day! (ssshhhh…did you not know that…

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