Caramel Apple Gingerbread Upside Down Cake

As of yet, I have not enjoyed enough gingerbread in my life. When that day comes, I will let you know. I’m working on stocking my cupboards with ingredients so I can take the scary plunge into the unknown (to me) world of gluten-free baking. Why, oh why, doesn’t wheat like me? I’ve asked myself this question for months and months. It is so delicious. I can’t imagine living my life without it. And yet, […]

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A.B.C. Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Around some circles, I have the reputation for throwing together a tasty salad.  Oh, yes.  I do make good salad.  I even wrote a post about it awhile back. Listen, if you are trying to switch to a healthier diet replete with veggies and fruit, salad is an easy way to do it.  You don’t even need bacon, cheese or heavy dressings for salad to be delicious.  There is more to life than Ranch dressing. […]

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Quinoa For Breakfast.

Quinoa, how I love thee. One night when I was perusing and feverishly printing off recipes to try from 101 Cookbooks, I saw Heidi’s recipe for Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa.  Quinoa for breakfast?  Interesting…I thought to myself.  I tried it the next morning and was completely converted.  But then I eat quinoa almost every day anyway. Last summer my daily breakfast became a big bowl of quinoa and fresh fruit, particularly raspberries I picked with Jen […]

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Valentine’s Treats: Cherry-Almond Divinity

Cherry Almond Divinity

My grandmother was the master divinity maker. Her divinity was heavenly. She would tint it pink and add chopped nuts, usually walnuts. It was always a treat. And I think of her every time I make a batch. I made my first batch years ago when I first got my KitchenAid mixer. It is still one of my favorite candies to make and eat. While divinity is very easy to make, it can also be […]

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Chickpea Salad

This was supposed to be a new menu in the Summer Menu series. Alas, I cannot lie. The crab cakes you can barely see in the picture (on the left with roasted red pepper coulis) were terrible!  I’ll have to revisit that recipe sometime. So, as a peace offering, I am giving you the recipe for a delicious chickpea salad. It’s really, really good and light and healthy. Perfect for a hot, humid day–I hate […]

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Spicy Baked Zucchini Wedges

I made this recipe for Spicy Baked Zucchini Wedges up as I went along and they turned out great! Like most of my recipes, there is a lot of room for interpretation and experimenting. I made these with Mexican spices – ancho chili powder, adobo seasoning, and ground chipotle. That chipotle makes them extra spicy! You could use just about any spice and/or herb combo you like best. I’ve included a few suggestions in the recipe nots. […]

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How To: Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows

I don’t know why I haven’t made homemade marshmallows until now. I’m a huge marshmallow fan, for one. And for two, I’m a pro at making meringues. (Wink, wink) Actually, I am a marshmallow lover, but making marshmallows has been a little intimidating. (My work table.) I had planned on making homemade marshmallows for the neighbors during the holidays. But as it turns out, when you are in the throes of morning sickness, even marshmallows […]

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Berry Picking and Red Berry Sorbet

To say I have been slightly obsessed with picking berries this summer would be a slight understatement. Ever since I heard that a friend of mine would head up to a local farm to pick her own fruits and veggies last summer, I knew I MUST do that this summer. And so far, so good. We ventured up north from where we live to Dutchess County, NY to pick some luscious blueberries, and the strawberries […]

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