From the Recipe Box: Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

February 7, 2011

I was shopping one day recently and found these adorable little cupcake liners, and ever since then I have had cupcakes on the brain. I am always drawn into the fine art of packaging; it gets me every time. Once I saw these little cupcake liners, I knew I was making cupcakes and the sooner […]

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Birthday Dinner Celebration

February 5, 2011

Today is my husband’s birthday. While I believe he has been dreading it for a while (50!), we are celebrating in style. He is not one much for fanfare, so when I mentioned a party to celebrate this monumental day, he refused. So we agreed upon a petit dinner gathering with his two best friends […]

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Basque Potato Tortilla ~ French Fridays With Dorie

February 4, 2011

It’s Friday – here we go again! I was in the kitchen this week cooking up another recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s book, Around My French Table. This has become a weekly kitchen project that I look forward to – a guaranteed new recipe and cooking challenge that has all but taken the doldrums out of […]

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Thoughts On Cooking In 2011

February 2, 2011

The kitchen has been closed for a few days – my oven broke and I have been waiting for the part to come in. It’s probably just as well since my youngest child has been growing rust in little glass jars lined up on the kitchen counter. It is science experiment season in our house; […]

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Chicken B’ Stilla ~ French Fridays With Dorie

January 28, 2011

It’s Friday and I am cooking with Dorie! All month I have been looking forward to this recipe. This is why I joined this cooking group – to stretch the boundaries of my cooking experiences. I would have never made this dish if Dorie had not told me to. As soon as I saw the […]

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From the Recipe Box: Southern Oatmeal Cookies

January 27, 2011

I recently found this recipe tucked inside of an old cookbook. It was written on an index card in the deliberate handwriting of a young, but serious child – that would be me. The recipe was for my sister’s favorite cookies. I have two sisters. We don’t really look alike and our lives seem to […]

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From the Recipe Box: Soppressata & Cheese in Puff Pastry

January 23, 2011

I can’t believe it took me this long. What was I thinking? I just recently sat down and looked through Ina Garten’s new cookbook, How Easy Is That? I bought it last month at the height of the holiday frenzy and had set it aside meaning to look at it a bit later. Well, a […]

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Michel Rostang’s Double Chocolate Mousse Cake ~ French Fridays With Dorie

January 21, 2011

Baking is a science and there are some days that I am not a great scientist. This week I made Dorie Greenspan’s chocolate mousse cake. The recipe was very straightforward: bittersweet chocolate, espresso, butter…you get the idea. It was going great. It was a relaxing evening in the kitchen, I was excited about the recipe […]

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From the Recipe Box: Olive Oil & Sea Salt Crackers

January 18, 2011

You know how it is when you have a particular food item that you just love to buy; it’s like your little treat.  Well, I used to buy these rustic hand-made olive oil and sea salt crackers at one of my frequented grocery stores. I loved these little crackers. Sometimes I would plan a whole […]

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From the Recipe Box: Chocolate Mint Brownies

January 16, 2011

Sous Chef is heading back to school today and I guess it is time since we have run out of flour, eggs and sugar from all the baking we have been doing. We did manage to get in one last item before her departure. I kept suggesting new items to bake, but in the end, […]

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