Chocolate Almond Torte

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I've enjoyed exploring flour-less recipes recently and fell in love with the idea of a chocolate torte made with almonds.   You're right, I do love me some fudginess!  I also love the combination of chocolate with tart raspberries.  I was inspired my multiple recipes and ended up with my own and am very pleased with the final results. You'll need sugar, good quality semi-sweet . . . Continue Reading

Spinach, Kale & Egg Skillet

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I'm not a big fan of over-easy eggs.  But (and that's a big but) baked eggs have found a place in my regular rotation of go-to meals.  This dish is shockingly delicious!  I actually licked my plate.  At our house we call that the 'Sarah influence.'  I was astounded how much I loved it, especially since I don't particularly love eggs.  So if you're looking for a terrific, easy, healthy . . . Continue Reading

Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon

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Traveling husband was traveling last weekend.  So for three days I had lots of time home alone to mess up the kitchen.  First I started with the Chocolate Macarons.  After I had a mildly successful go with the little meringue cookies, I knew it was time to make Julia's Beef Bourguignon. On the front page of the recipe it states -  Difficulty: Difficult.  As I have now discovered, . . . Continue Reading

Chocolate Macarons

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For more than a year I've read about these adorable little cookies and dreamed of one day making them in my own kitchen.  Every time I come across a 'how to' post or recipe, I read it multiple times hoping to have this all figured out before I started making them.  Silly me! The ingredients for the macaron batter seems simple enough: powdered sugar, ground almonds; unsweetened . . . Continue Reading

New England Clam Chowder

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Just before Christmas my daughter and I took a trip to Chattanooga for a family baby shower.  While in town we had the opportunity to visit some of my favorite people in the whole world, C.A. and Vivian.  They are fun, generous and wise, and have been dear friends for almost 30 years.  For a real treat they took Allie and me to dinner at the 'Country Club.'  . . . Continue Reading

Breakfast Parfait

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 Looking for a breakfast with tons of protein, natural sweetness and some of those other good things like antioxidants and disease-fighting nutrients?  I know you've heard of Greek Yogurt.  Maybe you haven't tried it yet but meant to pick it up at the store.  Do yourself a favor and buy some, soon.  Greek Yogurt is fantastic in smoothies, as a sour cream . . . Continue Reading

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

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 I woke Saturday morning to a cold rain.  Then the sun came out and the skies were almost clear.  Then a big wicked wind kicked up and it started snowing.And it kept snowing, big flakes.And it snowed some more.  We didn't have a major snow event but the wind blew in some seriously cold temperatures.  What is a girl to do on a rainy, sunny, snowy . . . Continue Reading

Allie, Josh & baby Isaac ~ a new family

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Allie & Josh arrive at the hospital at 5:00 a.m. ready to meet their son Isaac.  Allie is 41 weeks and one day.  She is ready.Waiting on the induction meds to start labor.After a very long day of labor, meds and naps, Isaac arrived at 10:34 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2012.  He was so calm and amazingly alert, and only a few minutes old!Isaac weighs 8.5 . . . Continue Reading

Almond Cake with fresh fruit

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 Since I began blogging I've learned a lot about 'new-to-me' ingredients.  Almond flour is one example I'm happy we discovered.   My husband and I enjoy the variety of foods we eat now.  We're always experimenting and trying to find that perfect happy balance of healthy, home grown, fresh, delicious and blog worthy.  I do believe we'll see many more recipes and desserts featuring almond . . . Continue Reading

Cheesy Jalapeno Bread

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This lovely loaf was a special request by my husband.  I was in the mood to bake and he was in the mood for cheese bread - what a match!  This recipe sounded too good and easy to pass up so into the kitchen I went.  It helps me to keep busy doing projects when I am excited and nervous about becoming a grandmother.  I'm too young to be a grandma!  Well I guess . . . Continue Reading