Recipes

Authentic Pisco Sour ~ Nat Geo Amazon River Cruise Cocktail of Choice

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It’s the beloved foam-topped tart/sweet cocktail of South America. Pisco Sour – the featured drink on our Upper Amazon Rainforest Cruise on National Geographic Adventures.

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Ch-ch-ch-Cherry Cobbler ~ Our Now-Frozen Cherries Put to Work

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Once our luscious fresh-picked Bing cherries were pitted, frozen and bagged, the pressure was OFF to make something quickly. FROZEN cherries are called for in this recipe for Cherry Cobbler.

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Fresh Cherry Hand Pies ~ We Even Picked The Cherries

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Of course, once you pick 12 pounds of fresh cherries, you bake with them. No more story telling (all that is here on another post), time to make Fresh Cherry Hand Pies.

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Four Best Thanksgiving Sides (as in, BETTER than what you usually serve)

As years pass, who sits at your Thanksgiving table will NOT be just the people you grew up with. You’ve got new in-laws, step-families, brides, grooms, neighbors, friends.

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Kahlua Holiday Fudge + Drawing: Win 2 Vintage Kahlua Recipe Books

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My cousin, Jeff, is horrified that I would post a Christmas Fudge recipe in the middle of October.  Sorry, Jeff, this is important. People have LOST their Kahlua Recipe Book!  Here is Kahlua White Chocolate Holiday Fudge… and a drawing for two of my vintage booklets. {And yes, those walnuts are naturally red.}

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Patricia Rose’s Bacon & Potato Salad ~ A Real Crowd Pleaser

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I tripled Patricia’s recipe to fill this big-ass container for my mom’s birthday party. Friend, Chef Patricia Rose, blogger at Fresh Food In A Flash served this dish at her OWN birthday and it was exactly what I needed for the Mom Gig. I’m thinking it was the TANG that caught my attention. Slurp.

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Postcard From the Land of Juan Valdez ~ Colombia

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Some TV commercials stick in my memory for decades. JUAN VALDEZ, remember him? He taught us about “the richest coffee beans in the world.” Sort of cartoony, he did his thing hand-picking coffee beans in the mountains of Columbia, always accompanied by his donkey.

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Mind-Blowing Dessert ~ Bogota!

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Criterion Restaurante, Bogota, Columbia   Watch and drool. Dessert at Criterion in Bogota, a gastronomic masterpiece. Brothers Jorge and Mark Rausch, chefs and brains behind the brilliance –attentive, warm, funny, genuinely deserved their honor as #19 of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants.  And the “Best Restaurant in Colombia,” per Ron Zacapa Rum.

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Simple Yellow Cake From Scratch ~ No Deep Thoughts Here

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It may be August, but I felt like baking. Six men have been crawling all over our home for weeks, painting its exterior. “Thank you” and “such a great job” are words; a cake will make ME feel better. I baked them a Scratch Yellow Sheet Cake with Pink Peppermint Icing. 

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Classic Kahlua Chocolate Mousse ~ Can You Dig It?

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Kahlua Chocolate Mousse – do you CRAVE deep, dark, thick mmmmmmousse with the flavor of Kahlua? This mousse is “classic” because it put Kahlua on the map when it came to cooking with it. Decades ago, one restaurant, brilliant idea, spread like wildfire, history.

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Cheese Straws Are Easy! – BTW, I Own The Playa Vista Cooking School

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The Playa Vista Cooking School is my newest creation, a good example of taking a risk when an idea strikes you. Website, check. Marketing, check. Menu and plan, check. Butts in seats?  CHECK. Our inaugural class, Easy, Elegant Appetizers had 8 enthusiastic cooks (Larry was one of the warm bodies, LOL). Start with a glass […]

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How to Not Be a Jerk On Valentine’s Day

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You forgot.  Or worse… forgot to CARE.  Either way, that significant other is probably expecting something on Valentine’s Day.  Pull out the keyboard – you’re going to make a “gift certificate.”

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Idaho® Potato Mini Lasagnas with Pesto and Kale ~ And A Blogger Success Story

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Why do my favorite appetizers have tasty CHEESE in them, let alone slices of potatoes?  It was at the recent "Potatopalooza" hosted by the Idaho Potato Commission and presented by Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen that I managed to consume a half dozen of these savory small bites, Idaho Potato Mini Lasagnas with Pesto and […]

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