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Gingersnap Cherry Cheesecake and Dinner Parties vs. Restaurants

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This Gingersnap Cherry Cheesecake was our contribution to the party. Dinner parties, in my opinion, are so much better than restaurants. Cost, sure. But parking, pressure to eat and turn the table, not being able to talk with the whole group, the din of music and room noise. And I know how restaurants cook my […]

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New Year’s Eve Party for People Who Have a Hard Time Staying Awake

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Are you like me? I have a hard time staying up New Year’s Eve. Larry is also a geezer, there I said it. Rarely do we see midnight. Parties? A LOT of hours ‘til the stroke of 12.  But a few years back, we threw a cooking party that our guests still rave was THE […]

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Grilled Salmon with Raspberry Cabernet Sauce

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Grilled Salmon with Cabernet Raspberry Sauce

Here’s another wine-soaked recipe from our LA’s Chef’s Inc. cooking class “Date Night in Wine Country” taught by Chef Diane Brown. Larry and I never cook salmon, and rarely order it in restaurants. But when placed in front of us, like at a wedding, we eat it up! So I can say with authority that […]

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Kitchen Conversions

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My desk has a copy of Denise Vivaldo’s brand new The Entertaining Encyclopedia. Denise is a presenter at the upcoming Camp Blogaway Bootcamp for Food & Recipe Bloggers. A powerhouse in the food styling world, this book is a whopper of a resource. And sometimes it is the “small” nuggets of info that are why […]

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Orange Ribbon Cheesecake

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Larry gets full credit for this beauty.  I’ve been out of town for several days conducting our fun women’s weekend, Camp GetAway.  One activity at our event is the traditional Magazine Swap (bring ‘em, take ‘em), which results in a gigantic pile of happiness at camp. Sunday AM, before my 75 gals awoke, I was […]

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Chile Lime Shrimp

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You can practically smell this through your monitor, can’t you? A recent cooking class, “Date Night In Wine Country” with thirsty, hungry foodies was on a Friday evening. Give us sumpin’ to eat, fast! Chef Diane Brown was prepared, and put classmate Stefanie on the job of whisking up this appetizer. And we all agreed, […]

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Light Pumpkin Custard

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Is it really, truly, finally Autumn? Gimme Pumpkin! Here is what’s so great about Light Pumpkin Custard… you can eat piles of it with little concern. The calorie intake is fairly low, your Vitamin A intake is sky high and you are enjoying one of the best holiday flavors ever (which then contributes to one’s […]

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