Toasted Coconut Scones with Mango Curd

August 15, 2013
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When I owned a bakery, the staff and I tried our best to remember the names of our regular customers, not only because it was good customer service to greet someone by name but because it facilitated back of the house communication when discussing a particular order. Sometimes, however, it was hard to figure out.. read more →

Lions and Monkeys and Giraffes (oh yum!)

March 14, 2010
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When I was growing up, birthday parties were a pretty standard, fairly simple affair……at least relative to the complex, expensive, “My party is going to sooo be better than your party” extravaganzas that occur today. Old invitations: Strawberry Shortcake or Snoopy cut-outs that came 12 to a pack, bought for under five dollars at the.. read more →

Third Annual Peanut Butter and Julie’s Favorite Things

November 28, 2009
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It’s the most won-DER-ful time (bum-bum-bum) of the year!   Ah yes.  ‘Tis true.  Although in this case, I’m not referring to the time of the year when family and friends gather. I’m not referring to the time of the year when the kitchen is filled with flaky pies and bottomless trays of cookies.  I’m not even referring.. read more →

And the winners are…….(drumroll)

March 18, 2009
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  So after a really unpleasant morning (being stood up for a meeting followed by a pancake-flat tire as I drove away from the would-be meeting spot), I am really happy to be able to spread some good cheer by announcing the winners of the Fiber One Spa-Licious Gift Basket Giveaway.  Not being the biggest.. read more →

Mini Chocolate-Orange Cannoli

February 11, 2009
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We've all heard of Mardi Gras, the wild New Orleans multi-week party that occurs each February before lent. This is when thousands of people stuffed with King's Cake over-imbibe at Pat O'Briens and then do things that they normally wouldn't do–especially if they knew it was all caught on camera.  So we all know Mardi Gras….but how.. read more →

Savory Braided Bread Hearts

February 8, 2009
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"Just make me a nice card."  When I was growing up, this was my mom's standard answer when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday or for Mother's Day.  My immediate reaction was always "No really – I'm not just going to make you a card.  What do you really want, mom?"  I couldn't for the life.. read more →

Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse Parfaits

February 4, 2009
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I hate throwing away food, especially in this day and age when everything is so darn expensive.  The other day, I was planning to make a big batch of my favorite rosemary hummus, but when I went to the local grocery store, the tahini paste was priced at just under $9!!  I'm not talking about a.. read more →

Touchdown!

February 1, 2009
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Eli Manning. Tom Brady. Brett Fav-re. Mandy Heaston.  Each of these individuals has been victorious in his or her own field.  While the three gentlemen were awarded a shiny new Super Bowl ring for rushing, tackling, and kicking, Mandy is walking away with a enviable new $250 Sam's Club gift card for mixing, rolling, and baking.  Question: Mandy.. read more →

Mini Blueberry-Meyer Lemon Pound Cakes

January 30, 2009
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Life has handed me lemons.  Meyer lemons to be exact.  Hundreds of them.  Not only did I make lemonade (well, I actually made lemon juice, which will eventually be turned into lemonade), I made lemon chicken, lemon curd, and a verrrrry lemony hummus.  Using my trusty microplane, I amassed a pile of lemon zest large.. read more →

Apple-Cranberry Tart with Walnut Streusel

January 27, 2009
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I've always had a really good memory.  Even as a little girl, I would play the game Memory and clear the board after only a few rounds (O.K., my parents probably let me win a few times, but I was still pretty good.)  When it was time for the games at birthday parties, I smiled when the birthday girl's.. read more →

Ultimate Super Bowl Showdown?

January 24, 2009
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Win a $250 Sam's Club Gift Card! With the Big Game a mere 8 days away, football fans everywhere have one thing on their minds:  What am I going to eat while I watch the Super Bowl?  I mean, let's face it.  Cheering for your favorite team/half-time performer/commercial takes energy, so you need to have.. read more →

Southern Pecan Praline Scones (and an Ultimate Recipe Showdown follow-up)

January 21, 2009
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I don’t know whether I was more surprised to be pronounced the winner of Ultimate Recipe Showdown: Cakes or to realize that my family actually kept the results a secret for almost 4 months.  Not one slip-up, and believe me, people tried to get it out of us.  My standard response was to say “It.. read more →

Tomato, Fontina, and Basil Tart

January 18, 2009
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The other night, Eric and I took my dad to see the musical Jersey Boys, which has been having a very successful run at the Palazzo Hotel.  This was my second time seeing the show, but after I saw it the first time, I knew that my dad would love it and, quite frankly, I.. read more →

Honey-Roasted PB&J Sandwich Cookies

January 14, 2009
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My good friend, Stephanie, is pregnant with her second child.  Her first, Xander, just turned two, and at the rate that he is growing he is destined to be the Kobe Bryant of his generation.  Xander is at the age where he seems to be channeling the Energizer Bunny: running over there, playing over here, "driving" his truck,.. read more →

Ultimate Recipe Showdown (oh, and yummy Carrot Muffins!)

January 11, 2009
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I have been a fan of The Food Network for as long as I can remember.  I recall first learning about the now ubiquitous chipotles (a.k.a spicy raisins) from Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay!  Sara Moulton taught me how to properly dice an onion, and watching shows like Food Finds and Sweet Dreams (oh, how.. read more →

Lovely Meyer Lemon Tuiles

January 5, 2009
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The people in my household (translation: Eric and I) are really fond of a vast variety of food.  That pretty much goes without saying.  When it comes to food preferences, however, the two of have distinctly different profiles.  I like my steak cooked medium-rare, while I cringe when he orders his medium well.  He likes.. read more →

Double Chocolate Cherry Almond Cookies

January 3, 2009
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I know, I know.  It's only three days into 2009, three days into your South Beach/Flat-belly/French-Women-Don't-Get-Fat diet, and I have the nerve to post a cookie recipe!  I'm sorry.  I just had the urge to bake. Part of my inspiration arrived as a result of some much needed cleaning that I started last night.  Yes, it.. read more →

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge (and a leg lamp)

December 28, 2008
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Every holiday season, most of us are confronted with a similar dilemma at least once: What on earth should I get for (Insert name here) ???  He/She has absolutely everything that they could ever need, and if they ever need something else, they just go out and buy it for themselves anyhow!  In my case,.. read more →

…….and I’m back!!!

December 26, 2008
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Whew!  This has by far been the longest break that I have taken between posts.  Believe me, I had every intention of posting at least a few recipes over the last week or so.  I even went so far as to prepare the food and take the photos in advance, telling myself that I would.. read more →

Healthy Sweet Potato and Apple Souffles

December 26, 2008
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As I mentioned in the above post, I had originally intended to post this recipe prior to the Christmas holiday, as a lighter, healthier option for either a dessert or a side.  However, my vacation until the 23rd followed by Christmas preparations on the 24th followed by Christmas morning activities followed by me bawling like a.. read more →