Holiday Eggnog

December 22, 2013
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‘Tis the season…to drink eggnog!

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Melted Snowman Cookies

December 19, 2013

Today I’m sharing a cookie that my buddy Juan made for a Christmas cookie exchange.  Isn’t it cute?

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December 16, 2013

When I went back to work full time over ten years ago, I had the good fortune to meet my wonderful friend Jill, who is a fellow foodie and as crazy in the kitchen as I am.  No menu is too difficult, and no recipe is too challenging for us to take on.  The kitchen [...]

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December 9, 2013

A few days ago, Roger and I spent a very pleasant “Italian day”…in Chicago.  We went to see Verdi’s La Traviata, the tragic love story of Violetta and Alfredo.  It appears that most operas are synonymous with tragic love stories, aren’t they?  We also spent a very enjoyable couple of hours at Eataly.

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Cabernet Braised Short Ribs with Swiss Chard and Radiatore

December 5, 2013
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It’s a week after Thanksgiving, and about now most people feel like they may start to gobble if they eat any more turkey.  Here’s a nice change of pace from those Thanksgiving leftovers.

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Irresistible Spiced Pecans

December 2, 2013

This time of year, I am always on the lookout for new and easy appetizers to add to my holiday repertoire.  Even though we all know we shouldn’t, there’s an awful lot of snacking going on between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

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Maple Walnut Cupcakes

November 25, 2013

I may or may not have mentioned it before , but I am a chocoholic.  I am also a major maple walnut fan.  Faced with choosing between the two flavors, I have been known to become paralyzed with indecision.

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Cranberry Margaritas with Sugared Cranberries

November 21, 2013

Just when I was trying to decide whether to make some more sparkling cranberry cheese bites with the leftover sugared cranberries I had in the fridge or snack on them by themselves–and by myself, I stumbled across a recipe for cranberry margaritas which actually called for sugared cranberries.  It was a sign!

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Sparkling Cranberry Cheese Bites

November 18, 2013
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Can I interest you in an easy, tasty and festive holiday appetizer?  Thought so…

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Fran’s Almond Tassies

November 14, 2013

Here’s a sweet little treat to feed the madding holiday crowds you may be expecting this season.  Who doesn’t like to have their own little individual dessert?

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