Crepes with Lemon Curd Whipped Cream

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And so it begins.  I get an annual "lemon affliction" and once again, I'm infected.  Each spring I dream of lemon desserts because they are of course, some of the best ever conceived.  Then to further feed my "condition" I paired perfectly fresh fruit with soft and light homemade crepes and stuffed them full of sweet, tart, lemon curd whipped cream.  Creamy and dreamy!  Do you make . . . Continue Reading

Soba Noodles with Edamame and Spicy Peanut Sauce

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I feel blessed to have found food blogging and photography and enjoy it tremendously.  It's been a gift in many ways, and being inspired to try new dishes is one of those blessings.  We don't eat the same thing all the time, certainly not on a set schedule or rotation.  I'm not poo-pooing schedules because I live by schedules.  I work full-time, blog and bake and have been blessed with . . . Continue Reading

Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread

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I couldn't decide if this should be filed under "cake" or "bread" in the recipe index.  What do you think?  I'm not sure why they call it banana "bread" because it's sweet like cake.  Loaf bread, loaf cake, chocolate cake, banana bread - this treat has a ... . . . Continue Reading

Pineapple Salsa

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We love salsa.  Mild, spicy, restaurant style, chunky - it makes no difference.  We are a salsa family.  Given our mild addiction, it's very surprising I've never made pineapple salsa before.  Talk about simple!  This stuff is amazing - easy to make and equally easy to eat ... on just about anything.   . . . Continue Reading

Strawberry Mousse with Lemon Whipped Cream

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(Originally posted May 12, 2014 - but worth a second look!)  Are you a fan of Cook's Illustrated?  Their magazines are the only ones that I don't recycle after removing the interesting recipes.  I hang on to each and every one.  It may be because it's the most expensive magazine I subscribe to and it may be that I love their recipes.  I've only found one recipe that wasn't perfect as . . . Continue Reading

Portobello Burgers with Blue Cheese and Onions

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Have you ever had a 'meatless' burger that tasted meaty and was really juicy?    This is a wonderful meatless Monday meal because it's inexpensive, quick, easy and it will make the burger loving people in your family very happy.  We topped our grilled portobello mushrooms with sautéed onions and wonderful rich blue cheese for a real treat.  Honestly these would be great with any kind of . . . Continue Reading

Chewy Fruit & Nut Bars

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Toasted whole grain oats, dried fruits and nuts combine for a wonderfully chewy, crunchy treat perfect for lunch boxes or an anytime snack.  I've posted many fruit and nut recipes over the years and love each and every one.  This recipe is no exception.  They are hearty, and chewy, and sweet.  I wanted a little something special this week especially since all the Easter egg macarons were . . . Continue Reading

Macarons with White Chocolate-Mint Ganache

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The calendar says its spring, but the temperature went down to 26 last night.  I think we all need (and want) a little sunshine so fingers crossed for better weather!  There is nothing I can do about the weather or the temperature but I can share some spring colored Macarons with White Chocolate Mint Ganache with my favorite virtual friends! It has been a long, long time since I've made . . . Continue Reading

Chocolate Fluffernutter Ice Cream

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When our children were little, they were very close.  Our son (Patrick) is only 19 months older than our daughter (Allie) so they truly grew up at the same time.  They also played well together ... at least most of the time.  I remember when Allie was very little, Patrick was doing something that annoyed her greatly.  She came to me and said "Patrick is bothering me!"  Instead of . . . Continue Reading

Campanella with Mushroom Sauce

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Earthy, delightful mushrooms are front and center in this Meatless Monday dish.  It's hearty and deliciously interesting and affirms once again that mushrooms and pasta are great companions.  My husband said it is a great marriage, and he wasn't talking about our 29+ years together.  But in his defense, he did add ... "just like me and you."  Yeah he ain't no dummy he's so . . . Continue Reading