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Season’s Greetings and A Year-End Message About Blogging

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As we move into a new year, I thought I’d make a comment about blogging.

It’s changed. Continue Reading

Rum-Infused Chestnut Bonbons with Dark Chocolate-Crystallized Ginger Dust

“Make something for the Thanksgiving dessert table” … that was this month’s Creative Cooking Challenge.

Since I don’t keep a particularly sweet kitchen and I’m no baker, this one was a little difficult to conceptualize. But, I was determined (as I usually am for these challenges) to look around and go with ingredients I already had on hand. I came up with roasted chestnuts, chocolate-covered crystalized ginger (thank you Trader Joe’s), rum from Puerto Rico and a few pantry spices. Continue Reading

Halloween: A Creative Cooking Crew Round-Up

8316344214_9d16bebb6e_zDouble, double … toil and trouble. Let’s see what the Creative Cooking Crew came up with for this month’s challenge. Trick or Treat. Continue Reading

Family Day and Crab Boil Pictorial

Well, a pictorial and a few words of explanation.

“Family Day” means quality time with the ones you love most … enjoying the day, the activities and, of course, eating well. This is how Family Day went down yesterday at Jim and Julie’s. Continue Reading

Fiesta de “Tres de Mayo”

I invited two friends for dinner Saturday night and, based on what I had on-hand, planned to make Italian fried shrimp and spaghetti with no-cook tomato sauce. But, Saturday morning, I changed my mind and went in a totally different direction. The no-cook tomato sauce became salsa, the spaghetti was opted out for black rice … and, with a few other additions, we were headed south-of-the-border just in time to celebrate Tres de Mayo. What? You never heard of Tres de Mayo? Continue Reading

Our “Throwback” Italian Easter Dinner

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Easter dinner was an homage to “Nanny”, my brother-in-law’s mother, with whom we shared many Easters when we lived in New York. My sister did most of the cooking and, true to tradition, it was multi-coursed, calorie-laden, acid-inducing and molto delizioso. Continue Reading

Thought for the New Year

“… because that’s what new year’s is all about … getting another chance, a chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more, and to stop worrying about what if and start embracing what will be.

So when that ball drops at midnight, and it will drop, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other, and not just tonight but all year long.”

Claire Morgan (character played by Hilary Swank in movie “New Year’s Eve”, 2011)

Happy New Year to all my faithful and occasional readers. Know that your friendship is valued.

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Kicking Off the Holidays with Lunch at the Beach and an Impromptu Dinner Party Featuring Squid Ink Pasta and Seafood

I just love “the holidays”, don’t you?  But, sometimes, things get a little hectic — like this week when I scheduled a holiday lunch at a beachfront restaurant on the same day I was supposed to meet 4 people for an early tapas dinner in a Spanish restaurant. Feeling sorry for me? Hah, I thought not. Continue Reading

Season’s Greetings from South Florida

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