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Pub Style Irish Nachos with Guinness Cheddar Sauce

Pub Style Irish Nachos with Guinness Cheddar Sauce

  A St. Patrick’s Day tradition with a twist   As I write this it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day!  For most families the day won’t be complete until we sit down to the traditional dinner of corned beef and cabbage.   While I love customs, …read more

This Mardi Gras tradition takes the (king) cake

This Mardi Gras tradition takes the (king) cake

    It’s almost time for Mardi Gras! This calls for a celebration and in true New Orleans fashion – everyone’s invited.   Mardi Gras is a celebration of food, music, creativity, festivity and joy. Celebrating Mardi Gras is celebrating the love of life.         …read more

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for a Valentine’s Day Treat

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for a Valentine’s Day Treat

  It’s almost Valentine’s Day!   The holiday dedicated to love, or as my single friends call it – Independence Day.     While the skeptical among us may think it’s a holiday created by mass marketers to sell cards, chocolate and flowers (and there …read more

Strawberry Cheesecake Truffle Bites

Strawberry Cheesecake Truffle Bites

    Look what I made!   This is what happens if I’m left alone in the kitchen too long.   I start out to make super healthy, organic, fennel twig, green tea, echinacea, kale, smoothie cookie bars but when I’m finished I realize I …read more

Get a Leg Up for Game Day

Get a Leg Up for Game Day

      Super Bowl is synonymous with food.  And football, but I don’t write about football.   Granted, some foods are just traditional; like pizza, chili and Buffalo chicken wings. But I’m going to be bold and suggest we ditch the chicken wings this …read more

How to Throw the Ultimate Frugal and Fabulous Super Bowl Party

How to Throw the Ultimate Frugal and Fabulous Super Bowl Party

    If you’re like the 111.9 million other people who watched last year’s Super Bowl, this Sunday will find you gathering with friends and family for this Super Bowl and that means a party!   Here’s how to keep your party under budget but …read more

How to Make Edible Amber Sugar Glass

How to Make Edible Amber Sugar Glass

  What a cool looking creation! Sugar glass is so versatile and once you know this easy, impressive (but totally cheap!) technique you’ll find all kinds of ways to use it.   Sugar glass is a simple mixture of sugar, water and corn syrup used …read more

Slithericious Snake

Slithericious Snake

    Introducing – A snake shaped calzone for Halloween!   Who doesn’t want a colorful snake on the table? This is a delightfully creepy entrée to serve your Halloween guests, because when you cut into it the red, gooey, cheesy pizza filling oozes out. …read more

Easy Salmon Soufflé

Easy Salmon Soufflé

  Easy elegance on a budget, Salmon Soufflé.    How do you serve a salmon entrée to four people for under $5 total?  You make salmon soufflé.   Soufflé makes for a tastefully classy lunch, or dinner, even a lovely late night supper. Imagine fluffy, …read more

One Bite Apple Pies with Salted Caramel Sauce.

One Bite Apple Pies with Salted Caramel Sauce.

I’ve done something terribly wonderful. Or wonderfully terrible. You pick.   Imagine homemade apple pie filling with crisp fresh apple, that’s been dotted with gooey caramel, and wrapped inside flakey sugary fried wontons, and immediately dipped in creamy salted caramel sauce.   A luscious little …read more

Apple Rose Tart with Apple Butter Cheesecake and Toasted Pecan Crust

Apple Rose Tart with Apple Butter Cheesecake and Toasted Pecan Crust

    OMG! Is this crazy or what? I’m so ready for fall I plotzed face first into apple season with this gorgeous Apple Rose Tart. This is what I call a “Franken-recipe” where I take several things I love and mash them together. Back …read more

Slab Grilled Cheese and Homemade Tomato Soup

Slab Grilled Cheese and Homemade Tomato Soup

  Here’s a cozy retro meal with a fresh twist.   Want to make somebody’s face light up? Just say “grilled cheese and tomato soup” and watch them go right back to their childhood.      Everyone I know has a fond memory associated with …read more