Bourbon and Almond Baked Brie

My first memory of a baked brie is from a holiday party my parents had back in the early 1990’s. Perhaps I had one prior but that’s a food memory that has stuck with me. Gooey cheese, jam and pastry all baked together. It doesn’t get much better than that. [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Butternut Squash and Sage Brown Butter Corn Mini-Muffins

I was recently Facetiming (I guess this is a verb?) with my niece, Mia K (age 11) and as so often in our family the conversation drifted towards food. I described something I had cooked that day and Mia said “Oh, that sounds like it has nice texture.” I remarked that she should write a food blog with such descriptive language. [Read more…]

Belgian Beef Stew

The beef stew of our childhood was made of beef but also contained potatoes, carrots, celery and onions (maybe wine but never beer). Neither Ed nor I prefer our beef stew that way so when I found this recipe many years ago it became the standard in our house. Largely because it’s just beef and onions, oh and with some really good Belgian beer and bacon. [Read more…]

Roasted Asparagus with Pancetta, Shallots and Asiago

While asparagus is available all year round spring is when it really tastes the best and we try to eat it as often as we can. We served this particular dish at a dinner party this past weekend with grilled ribeye steaks and goat cheese mashed potatoes. [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip-Pecan-Oatmeal Cookies

Looking for the perfect gluten-free/wheat-free cookie? Look no further as here it is. Prior to going wheat-free this was my favorite cookie (the “with wheat” version, of course) so I knew that I had to see if it was adaptable in a wheat-free world. [Read more…]

Blood Orange Sparkler

I love color and blood oranges have to be one of my favorite fruits from a color standpoint. I particularly love that a blood orange could look mostly like a standard orange on the outside, but when you cut into it you find a beautiful deep crimson surprise. [Read more…]

New Year’s Black-Eyed Pea Dip

If you’re from the south, you know that eating black-eyed peas either just before midnight on New Year’s Eve or on New Year’s Day will bring you luck and prosperity in the new year. This tradition dates back to the Civil War. [Read more…]

Alison’s Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts

I lost one of my biggest food fans this summer. Alison D loved my cookies and flavored nuts in particular and it’s hard not to think of her during the holidays. A few years ago she shared this recipe with me as it was one of her favorites and I thought now was the perfect time to make these. [Read more…]

Pamplemousse-Grenade Cocktail

Or, Grapefruit-Pomegranate Cocktail – it just sounds more fun in French. This is a festive cocktail perfect for the winter holidays and makes use of the fresh grapefruits (or pamplemousses) that are plentiful at this time of year. [Read more…]

Pomegranate-Honey Syrup

Adding honey to the slightly bitter pomegranate makes for a not-too-sweet cocktail syrup that has multiple uses. I like to put it in a decorative pitcher so you (or your guests) can add different mixers to create a variety of drinks.

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