Vanilla Caraway Braised Cabbage

I am a list-maker, believe it or not. Yes, it’s true. (Do you catch the sarcasm). Most of the time I’m able to file away all the details of just about everything in this little brain of mine. But, just to be sure, I make myself lists ~ lots and lots of them. We have…

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Spicy Crusted Chicken and Sweet Balsamic Berries

I love a good crust on my chicken. LOOOVVVE it. In fact, I don’t really care a whole lot for grilled chicken without a good spice crust of sorts. The crust locks in the super moist juices, and imparts the most amazing profile imaginable ~ spiced correctly, of course. The collection of goodness can be…

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Creamy Lemon Cauliflower Risotto

After crafting preserved lemons in the kitchen a few weeks ago, I’ve been coming up with ways to savor the delicate delights of heaven and use then in any and every way I can. This really has been a simple task ~ I have no problem with creativity in the kitchen. Others, however, have been…

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Burgundy Basil Butter

In beloved Brian’s words: “Can you put this on a burger?” “I’d eat that on a cracker!” It’s Burgundy Basil Butter ~ a smorgasbord of veggies, herbs, and downright deliciousness. Hunkered down behind a computer screen, editing repetitive documents for a week at a time, I had a hankering to get back in the kitchen…

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Party Time Poached Eggs

Sometimes life is consumed by a “party of one,” and other times this great existence calls for a true “party.” This means that when it comes to poached eggs for more than just a single plate ~ things can get complicated. Truly. The daunting task of perfectly poaching some ooey gooey deliciousness, and keeping all…

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Cocoa Chestnut Cream

We do not delight in a deluge of desserts in our home. Our indulgences are apparent in other ways. I suppose it’s simply because we’re just naturally sweet that we have no need to satisfy a sweet tooth. …or not. Who knows? What we do know, however, is that this little sweetie treat is darn…

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Cashew Cream Custard and Caramel Crumble

When life doesn’t deliver a box of chocolates each day (most days it does – but on those days when you’re still holding out for something sweet), cashew cream most definitely foots the bill. The creamy consistency of rich and delicious cashews combined with the caramelly sweet goodness of dates, and of course a little…

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My Sweet Surprise – Recipe Revisit

  Just a few years ago, I was introduced to the delectably sweet surprise of Japanese sweet potatoes. These suckers are amazing. Deep purple on the outside, and rich and buttery yellow on the inside, the starchy sweetness is indescribable. Here in my neck of the woods, they are really hard to come by, and,…

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Chicken Royale

Purple embodies the balance of red’s stimulation and blue’s calm. This dichotomy can cause unrest or uneasiness unless the undertone is clearly defined, at which point the purple takes on the characteristics of its undertone. With a sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a color often well liked by very creative or eccentric…

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Vanilla Salt

I am a salt fanatic. Honestly. Truly. and really. I love salt. GOOD salt. There is an incredible difference between the salt found on the table at a typical eatery and the fine flakes of deliciousness we brush across our lives in a bit of savory indulgence. That said, most salt is savory. I’m a…

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