Sky-High Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

Sky-High Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

Last week I was at our friend and Rodan+Feilds Dermatologists business partner's home, lending her a hand for her premier business launch.  Although she was expecting only a half dozen guests or so, I was taken aback when I saw the display of appetizers and treats she had spread out on her kitchen island.  Among the goods, stood a double tray of cupcakes that were beautifully executed and looked ...

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Seafood Falmouth & Black Beans with Cumin

I can’t remember a time when I did not enjoy eating fish.  I grew up eating it, caught from the fresh waters of the  Independence River in the foothills of northern New York’s Adirondack mountains, from the gulf coast of southwest Florida, from the waters of Long Island’s tip, and even from the freezer of…

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Rhubarb Slush

Summer is finally upon us and it surely took its sweet time showing up.   I am not complaining.  This is what we mid-westerners wait for, our beloved few days summer.  We have to put up with what seems like 8 months of winter yet even with the hassle of all that snow and bad…

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Hazelnut Biscotti

Sometimes you never know what you’re going to get from a weekend.  Just seven short days ago Scott was shivering the night away, pining the loss of a broken furnace while the boys and I were at our cottage just wishing we had had functional indoor plumbing.  Fast forward a week and the whole family…

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Food Flash! Brown that Tomato Paste.

You likely have a small can of tomato paste in your pantry that, somewhere along the path of your culinary journey, you were taught to add to tomato based sauces,  maybe to thicken them up a bit or to enhance their flavor.  Both of those are good reasons to use tomato paste, but here is…

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Grilled Peach Salad with Mint Basil Pesto

We are knee-deep in summer heat here in the heartland of America and when we were graciously extended an invitation to a dinner party earlier this week, I volunteered to bring a salad.  The kicker is,  I had no clue what salad I would prepare to bring.   Thankfully, I was not short on ideas….

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Gouda Crab Mac n Cheese

Smoked Gouda with Crab and Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese

  I think that if you ask any one of our boys what their favorite food is, they would all say mac and cheese.   We make a lot of mac and cheese.  If is not very often that we don’t have any children around, but today was one of those days.  I was craving mac…

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Herbed Green Beans

We have a bunch of growing kids in our family and thus around our dinner table.  Encouraging them to eat anything that is not processed, fresh, and loaded with additives is a constant challenge.  To this end, we are constantly striving to maintain a minimum number of daily servings of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Fortunately…

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Sweet Potatoe Chicken Pot Pie

Sweet Potato and Chicken Pot Pie

With the onset of the cold weather, my thoughts go to comfort.  That means warm sweaters, fleece blankets and of course great comfort food.

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Asian Shrimp with Mango & Peach Chutney

  I have a love of just about any seafood.  To be more specific, it can be fresh lake or river food as well.  Being landlocked in the mid-west can sometimes present challenges to enjoying fresh fish and the like.  Although I don’t have a complete tolerance for enjoying dishes prepared from frozen seafood, there…

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Grilled Salmon with Blueberry & Pomegranate Molasses Compote

We have a wonderful and very fun friend, Amy, who recently celebrated a birthday.  To our delight, she invited us for an evening glass of vino to cheer her new year.  I mentioned that Amy is a great lady, what I did not mention is her prowess in the kitchen.  It is phenomenal.  She cooks…

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Hazelnut Tea Cake with Moscato Pears

This year perhaps more than any other, I have realized a benefit of where I work that seems to have become more and more apparent, every day.  This fall in particular it seems, that colleagues are bringing their harvest produce from home to share with everyone.  I’ve been the fortunate recipient of apples, cucumbers, tomatoes,…

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Food Flash! Naked Garbanzo Beans Make Creamier Hummus

For a creamier hummus, remove the skins from the chickpeas (garbanzao beans) prior to making it.     Here’s how Rinse the chickpeas in a colander under cold water.  Per 1 can or 15 oz chickpeas add 1.5 tablespoons baking soda and place in skillet over medium-low heat.  Stir for four minutes.  Rinse chickpeas under…

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