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What’s for Breakfast? A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

I’m not a boxed cereal kind of gal. Not when I’m alone — and certainly not when I have company.

For challenges (and all-round eating out of the FOODalogue kitchen), I rely on what’s on-hand. Anything that’s not fresh or healthy(ish) is kept to a minimum … a pinch, sprinkle, dusting or dollop.

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The Perfect Bite: A Creative Cooking Crew Round-Up

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What tickles your palate? How would you describe your perfect bite? Cook it? Present and photograph it?

See a round-up of 10 creative cooks’ perfect bites. To get their recipes and reasons behind their choices, please visit each of these talented cooks/bloggers by clicking on the photo or link to get the details of their amazing perfect bites.

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Conjuring Up the Perfect Bite: Asian Fusion

This month the Creative Cooking Crew challenges us to present “the perfect bite”. I thought about it a lot. It’s not as easy as you may think. It could be nostalgic, like something my grandmother made with love and old world traditions, or … Continue Reading

The Best Rice Salad Ever!

Just look at that mise en place — and it only partially reflects all the ingredients. The finished dish had 3 different rice varieties, pork loin, cranberries, dates, walnuts, a variety of lentils, herbs, raw vegetables — and a chocolate and orange dressing!! Yes, you read that correctly: chocolate and orange!!

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The Dumpling Round-Up: A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

The first challenge of the New Year for our virtual cooking group was dumplings — those doughy filled purses that are found in most cultures. Our Creative Cooking Crew did an outstanding job. Come see …8316344214_9d16bebb6e_z Continue Reading

Roasted Chestnut Dumplings: Sweet, Savory, Salty and Sassy

My first thought when I hear the word “dumplings” is dim sum. Delicious little and filled pockets of dough that are either steamed or pan fried. I guess it depends on where you come from and what your cultural heritage is as to what dumplings mean to you. Not that I’m Asian, but that’s where my mind went. Perhaps because, interestingly, while most cultures have dumplings, they’re called by different names like pierogi or tortellini, etc.

The Creative Cooking Crew is kicking the new year off with a dumpling challenge. Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Appetizers: Creative Cooking Crew Round-Up

8316344214_9d16bebb6e_zThanksgiving dinner is most everyone’s favorite holiday meal. But, we always lament afterwards that we ate too much. Check out these wonderful light bites that our Creative Cooking Crew made for cocktail appetizers. They’ll leave plenty of room for your turkey, stuffing and all its accompaniments. Continue Reading

“Bite and Sip” | A Thanksgiving Appetizer

“You’re invited to a Thanksgiving dinner party — bring an appetizer.” That was the theme for this month’s Creative Cooking Crew’s challenge.
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Savory Lobster & Corn Cheesecake with a Tequila Sauce


“Cooking with spirits” is this month’s Creative Cooking Crew challenge. No, we’re not cooking with Halloween ghosts or los diablos del Dia de los Muertos. It’s booze, folks, and a good time to look through my liquor cabinet and see what’s there. I hardly go into it these days as most visitors drink wine or beer.

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