Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Sandwich Cookies

August 8, 2013
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I’m up in Jackson Hole, Wy again, this time for the entire month of August (an ideal month to skedaddle from the Las Vegas heat.)  Eric and I drove up with the dogs on Saturday, a drive that makes you realize just how big the state of Utah is.   On the positive side, I got a.. read more →

Savory Interlude: The Best Maple-Rum Baked Beans

July 29, 2013
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Those Junior Leaguers of Denver?  They really know their stuff when it comes to recipes. When I first started to really get into cooking, my reference materials consisted of the following: my mom’s cookbook collection or her hand-written recipe cards, which were neatly categorized–along with a few newspaper clipped recipes–in a plastic brown box.  We of.. read more →

Peach-a Colada Cupcakes

July 21, 2013
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This is my very last post of my fresh peaches series.  Well……maybe my second to last.  I just came up with one more idea, and I still have some peaches sitting on the counter, so I’ll likely sneak the recipe in as a bonus-peach-post over the next few days. And THEN, that’s it!  I’m finished-fini!-finito!-with.. read more →

Chocolate Stout Brownies with Whiskey Ganache

February 3, 2012
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I’m fairly certain that some of the first words I learned to say were “Jack Daniels manhattan, up.” And no, I was not raised in a bar.     For as long as I can recall, a manhattan made with Jack Daniels whiskey and served straight up has been my dad’s cocktail of choice.  He.. read more →

Sparkly White Wine Cookies

December 23, 2011
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These are the cookies mentioned in my previous post, which were part of my dessert table at the Sterling Ultimate Host competition.  Because they are nice and dense, they are the cookies that I was least worried about breaking into pieces as I traveled from Las Vegas to New York . The texture of these.. read more →

Bailey’s Banana Colada Cupcakes

December 31, 2009
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Holiday travel, what did I ever do to you?  Must you always taunt me with your weather delays, lost luggage, and apathetic airline personnel?  Can’t we have one, just one, holiday season where I don’t feel compelled to utter statements like ”I’m never flying again!” and “Maybe we should rent a car and drive the rest of the.. read more →

English Spice Cake with Cinnamon Rum Raisin Ice Cream

November 24, 2009
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Oh, Oprah!  You can’t leave us.  You mustn’t!  We’re not ready to go on without you and your show.  Who will tell us what to read?  Who will give every member of their unsuspecting audience a “BRAND NEW CAR”?  Whose couch will Tom Cruise turn into his personal trampoline?  Most important of all, who will.. read more →

Margaritas for Everyone: Cookies and Cocktails

May 5, 2009
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I’m going to do something very uncharacteristic.  I’m going to keep my blog post relatively short and sweet.  So for those of you who have come to know and love my long-winded stories about why I made what I made that day, I’m sorry.  For those of you who read these stories and wondered “What.. read more →

Mint Chocolate Cream-Filled Sandwich Cookies

February 18, 2009
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It’s almost that time of year again.  No, I’m not referring to that wonderful day when we move our clocks forward one hour, allowing us to eat our dinners while it is still light outside in exchange for 60 minutes of sleep (just go to bed earlier that night.)  I’m not even talking about the NCAA basketball tournament,.. read more →

Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Squares

January 6, 2008
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When I was growing up, my family had a vacation home on Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire, and we would usually spend most of the summer there.  Once every few weeks, my mom would take my brother and I along with her as she did her errands in the nearby quintessential New England town of.. read more →

Holiday Sandwich Cookies: Raspberry Linzer and Rum Raisin

November 29, 2007
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The end of November through the beginning of January is usually referred to as “The Holiday Season”, but it would be just as appropriate to call it “The Cookie Season.”  From cookie swaps to school parties to refreshments for Santa, KitchenAid mixers everywhere are putting in overtime to keep up with the cookie demand.  Grocery.. read more →

Mom’s Hot Fudge Sauce

November 25, 2007
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Right now, most of you are probably exhausted from a whirlwind holiday weekend full of relatives, eating, drinking, and shopping, and are ready for a little rest and relaxation.  Is that too much to ask?  I’m afraid so.  Might I remind you that Thanksgiving is just the kick-off of the busy holiday season and that,.. read more →

Decadent Chocolate Cranberry Torte

November 13, 2007
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I always like to serve a chocolate dessert option at Thanksgiving.  True, the traditional flavors usually include pumpkin, apple, or pecan, but let’s be honest:  Is chocolate ever really out of place on any menu??  I actually first made this luscious torte a few years ago, for Christmas Eve dinner, but it would be great.. read more →

Cranberry-Port Sauce with Dried Figs

November 10, 2007
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I know that many times in life it is tempting to take the easier route.  We are all very busy and sometimes we just don’t have the time  or energy to devote to certain things.  That being said, is the eyesore that is pictured to the right really necessary (double-click on it to enlarge)???  .. read more →