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Caprese Salad Sticks — 3 Stars

The holiday season is just around the corner, and you may be looking for a simple appetizer to have on the table while you finish cooking (or drinking or watching TV or sleeping).  I recently had a Girls’ (Wine & … Continue reading

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Steak with a Merlot Sauce — 5 Stars

It all started with my goal of making Paula Deen’s NY Striptease (steak with a bordeaux sauce) with Truffle Potatoes and Carrot Puree. When I went to make the sauce, but found I didn’t have on hand 3 of the 4 ingredients (I only had honey), so I decided I should try a different recipe. I stumbled across this Steak with Shallot Merlot sauce recipe on epicurious. Continue reading

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Grilled Peach Salad

I do, however, love both spinach and arugula, and I happily eat almost any salad with a spinach or arugula foundation. I found variations of this Balsamic Grilled Peach Salad on a couple different sites, and here’s my version. A wonderful summer salad for your table. Continue reading

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Grilled Pork and Vermicelli Noodles — 5 Stars

I’ve done a lot of cooking this summer, and not so much writing about my cooking. Actually, I haven’t done much writing at all. Or reading. [sigh] It’s been worse than being on summer break during elementary school. At least then I had parents to force me to do work. Now, I only answer to myself, and that wonderful television that shows Wimbledon and the Olympics and political commentary and more. Wait…what was I writing about?

Oh, right. My summer cooking. It was difficult for me to select which recipe to share first, so I random drew one from a bowl. And this delicious recipe is it. Continue reading

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Coconut Rice, Black Beans, Plantains, and Mango Salsa — 4 stars

If someone were to tell me they were having me over for a gluten-free, nut-free, meat-free, soy-free meal, I’d politely decline. Which is exactly why I did not tell my dinner guests this when I invited them over. There are a lot of components to this dish, but they come together quite nicely. This is the entree that preceded the Flourless Chocolate Cake for my gluten free dinner party. Continue reading

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Flourless Chocolate Cake — 5 Stars

I’m meeting more and more people who eat a gluten-free diet.  I, personally, could never permanently give up breads and pastas, but in order to bond with my GF friends, I temporarily abstain from wheat. For a recent dinner party … Continue reading

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Seared Sea Scallops with Pineapple Puree — 5 stars

I’ve finally started cooking a couple times a week again, so I’m a bit more inspired to write these entries. I think. We’ll see. For Easter Sunday dinner, I wanted something a bit nontraditional, and I picked a Paula Deen … Continue reading

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