Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Blueberry Breakfast Cake - a deliciously moist and lightly sweet "coffee" cake bursting with fresh sweet blueberries

If I owned a Bed & Breakfast, I would probably ... wish that I didn't have to clean house everyday.  No that's not what I was going to write.  I was going to tell you that I would probably make this Blueberry Breakfast Cake for every-single-one of my guests.  While we don't own a B&B, we do have out of town company from time to time - so given the recently renovated guest . . . Continue Reading

Shrimp Piccata over Zoodles

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I've often wondered if you can have seafood and fish while trying to eat Meatless Monday meals.  There are many "opinions" on the subject, arguments for and against, but to summarize... participating in Meatless Monday means eating a mostly plant based diet.  Seafood probably exceeds that boundary, so although this is not a MM meal, it is low-fat, tasty and filling.    What do you think . . . Continue Reading

Chocolate Dulce de Leche Dip

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Chocolate Dulce de Leche Dip.  Yes... you can eat it with a spoon, and no, you don't have to share.  But just in case you do - your guests will be forever grateful.  Chocolate and caramel are a classic combination and in dip form, the possibilities are endless. . . . Continue Reading

Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Cream Cheese Appetizers

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We don't entertain like we used to.  Once you move around from state to state, and your kids are grown, it makes it harder to retain the life-long friendships.  We also live in a very transient area with lots of military and government employees.  People come and people go, and not many stay for the long haul.  That being said, we do have a few good friends ... . . . Continue Reading

Buttery Apricot Scone Recipe

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Light and buttery, flaky and soft, these are absolutely wonderful treats.  It was love at first bite for me and I feel certain these will make any mom swoon over brunch.  This Buttery Apricot Scone Recipe is so easy to make - even non-bakers can make this happen.  Remember those flaky canned biscuits?  These come apart in soft, lightly sweet layers just like the old canned biscuits, but . . . Continue Reading

Crustless Asparagus Cheese Pie (a garden-to-table post)

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Of all the "Hallmark" holidays, I think Mother's Day and Father's Day are two of my favorites.  With both coming up soon, I start to think more about my parents and how much I miss them.  My mom passed away 23 years ago and my dad 25, which doesn't seem possible.  She would like that I still enjoy cooking and baking (and always did).  I would invite her over to show what I can do now and . . . Continue Reading

Fresh Fruit Tarts

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I see so many gorgeous desserts out there every single day.  I want to make them all .. you know the ones dripping with chocolate and caramel, stacked 4 layers high, garnished with peanut butter cups, candied nuts and whipped cream.  If I could be a pastry chef that's what I would make all day, everyday.  But my time (and calories) are limited so when it comes to making something we can . . . Continue Reading

Vegetable Lo Mein

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I haven't eaten a lot of lo mein in my life but now that I've made it with a light sauce and loads of vegetables I'll probably eat it more often.  Nobody wants a soggy dinner floating in an oily sauce and I've seen some take-out that pretty much fit that mold.  When making homemade you have the ability to adapt the recipe to what you have in the fridge.  Need a quick meatless Monday . . . Continue Reading

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