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

Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip

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Some may think white beans are bland and unexciting, but not me.  I've had a great time getting to know them again this past year.  It seems like white beans make everything better, or complete.  They add that extra something to soups and vegetable dishes.  They're filling and healthy and are always willing to take on some extra flavor to help out.  They blend in to almost any savory . . . Continue Reading

White chocolate Irish Cream

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Who needs dessert when you have this wonderfully smooth, creamy and delicious cordial?  Impress your guests with a homemade Irish Cream that will have them begging for the recipe.  I can't believe how simple it is to make and how easy it is to drink :)  It's rich but not really sweet and would be fantastic drizzled over a bowl of ice cream.   The recipe makes enough to share so it . . . Continue Reading

Melting Butter Potatoes

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There's something about the St. Patrick's Day holiday that I love.  Maybe it's because I don't have to buy gifts or excessively decorate the house.  Maybe ... it's because I love all things Irish.  My grandmother was Irish and my father's name was John Patrick.  My son's name is John Patrick - I was supposed to be a boy (per my father's request) and he was going to name me Patrick.  But . . . Continue Reading

Guinness Chocolate Cake

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St. Patrick's Day is coming up soon and we're ready with this FANTASTIC Chocolate Guinness Cake.  No worries if you're not a fan of the "black stuff", you probably won't notice the subtle beer flavor.  But you may notice the moist tender crumb, the rich chocolate flavor, and the wonderful light spicy notes in this addictive not-too-sweet black cake.  Topped with a simple cream cheese . . . Continue Reading

Chocolate-Chip Almond Streusel Topped Muffins

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While "freezer-diving" last weekend I found a box of Odense almond paste hiding behind the fruits and vegetables.  I still think about the Almond-Cranberry Scones baked this past Christmas and remember how much we loved each and every one!  They were light and fluffy with little bits of grated, frozen almond paste giving the scones a wonderful full-on almond flavor.  I thought I would . . . Continue Reading

Strawberry, Banana & Peach Smoothie

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I had a long list of recipes to make this weekend but, as things go, ended up with a 'clean out the freezer' kind of weekend.  With spring just around the corner I felt the need to take stock and purge the unrecognizable frozen blocks of something lurking in the dark corners of the freezer.  This worked out pretty great because I found another wonderful smoothie flavor combination that . . . Continue Reading

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

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A couple of my co-workers have been talking about a local restaurant and a wonderful tomato basil soup they serve on occasion.  While I haven't tried it yet, I did get 'tomato soup on the brain' and set out to make our own at home.  I wanted it to be cream-free and meatless so I needed a method that would impart tremendous tomato flavor without tasting like a can of stewed . . . Continue Reading