Wilted Spinach Salad

I asked Valerie what Pernod liqueur was – what it tasted like and why she had it, as I raided her liquor cabinet for both baking and mixology inspiration. (She awfully generous to me in that way – or allowance). She told me it was for her Wilted Spinach Salad. Oh boy do I wish I…

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Creamy Soup and Toasty Gremolata

 Gremolata  or gremolada is a chopped herb condiment classically made of lemon zest, garlic and parsley. It is a traditional accompaniment to the Milanese braised veal shank dish ossobuco alla milanese. Basically, it’s a special form of vegan pesto or a take on chimichurri – but better. The extra crunch and savory addition of the…

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Lemon Rosemary Flatbread Crackers

I love lemon and I love rosemary. In fact, those are two of the staple flavors and aromas emanating from our kitchen. Sometimes I feel as though I’m becoming intoxicated from the fresh herb sensation (culinary herbs, folks) wafting from the garden patch. I know Valerie feels the same way. And she’s a genius with…

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Olive Almond Tapenade

I had to train myself to begin to like olives – a few years ago. These days I simply cannot believe it took me so long to cross the line, on to the other side – the Castlevetrano side. For a time, I believe I went about 126 days in a row of noshing on…

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Fried Chocolate Ravioli

My best friend and I have been cooking together for quite some time. We are two peas in a pod ~ especially in the kitchen. We make messes. We laugh. We sometimes cry. We make mistakes. And, we make masterpieces.

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Bree Pepper Blossom

We have quite a relationship with several of the best bartenders in town. We aren’t heavy drinkers, but we are faithful on Fridays and Saturdays. We also really love fact that our faithfulness leads us into a position of walking into a bar “where everyone knows your name.” It’s quite a delight to be greeted…

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Blackberry Sage Pie

Do you ever really need a reason to bake a pie? I sat here, dreaming of pie baking moments and extravaganzas. Perhaps it’s the warmer weather, the anticipation of the summer berry crop, or perhaps it’s no because at all. I don’t need a reason to bake ~ in fact, I don’t need a reason…

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