Stovetop Apple Pie a la Mode

December 3, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

  So, it’s been a while since my last post. I do apologize. I could give you a laundry list of excuses, but how about a treat instead? This stove top version of classic apple pie is good enough to eat without the “a la mode,” but where’s the fun in that? Ingredients: (makes 4 [...]

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Truffle Mushroom Parmesan Deviled Eggs

November 19, 2012 Side Dishes

  My friend Tiffany and I have decided to begin a new tradition of long lunch Fridays. Each month, we’ll meet up for a leisurely luncheon at a new restaurant (or an old favorite) where we’ll indulge ourselves, maybe even with  a cocktail.  So very “ladies who lunch.”  Last week, we tried Lincoln, a relatively [...]

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Indian Spiced Chili

November 13, 2012 Soups and Stews

I’m not sure what to call this dish. It’s basically chili with Indian spices, lentils, and some other touches that make it stand out from your typical southwest chili. I love the lentils in this dish and, of course, naan bread on the side. Ingredients: 1 yellow onion, chopped 14 oz can kidney beans, drained [...]

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Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

November 8, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

  If you’re looking for a way to use up the last of that Halloween candy, search no further. This is a perfect recipe to get rid of at least some of those ten thousand peanut butter cups the kids collected while trick-or-treating.  You could probably throw in a few of those fun-sized Snickers and [...]

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Curried Cauliflower Soup with Spiced Croutons

November 2, 2012 Soups and Stews

  As you may know, my husband and I  recently traveled to Montreal (I’ll post pictures eventually, I promise). But what you likely do not know, is that we use vacation as an excuse to watch cable. Very bad cable. The first thing we do after a long day of sight-seeing is climb into bed [...]

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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

October 31, 2012 Cakes and Pies

I’ve been baking and baking over here, looking for the perfect pumpkin bread recipe. After several attempts with no success, I made one last ditch effort before throwing in the towel (or throwing a pathetic, whiny fit).  This time, I modified a bread recipe to make a cake and added icing. Success! This pumpkin cake [...]

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“Witch’s Brew”

October 28, 2012 Beverages

  I can always conjure an excuse to eat ice cream. These glasses of “witch’s brew” are nothing more than your basic coke float with chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla. The bubbles and fizz give it a magically eerie effect that’s fun for party guests and kiddos. All you need is a quart of [...]

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burrito

October 22, 2012 Dinner

This weekend has been a non-stop blur of activity. After being away in Montreal (photos coming soon!) for five luxurious days last week, I’m now playing catch up with my real life. Back to cooking, recipe developing, photography, writing, working out, and did I mention my day job? I’m also trying to eat a bit [...]

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Caramel Apple Dip with Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

October 19, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

Here’s a great little dip for fall gatherings. It’s sweet and rich, but not totally unhealthy.  You can use apple slices instead of pita chips, but the pita are pretty amazing.  The caramel topping makes this dip unforgettable. This recipe is made in three steps. First you make the dip, then the caramel topping and, [...]

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Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

October 17, 2012 Cakes and Pies

  A few weekends ago, I was invited to a dinner party to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I must admit that I kind of love dinner parties. The food is always amazing, the wine ever- flowing, and the company is the best. They also make me feel like  a grown-up. I should probably already feel [...]

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