Zucchini Bok Choy Pizzas with Whole Wheat Crust

Whole wheat pizza crust loaded with fresh vegetables and cheese makes for a satisfying snack or meal anytime of year. Pizza is a comfort food in the winter, but isn’t too heavy for a summer appetizer or meal shared with salad. I’ve been making this particular crust for over ten years and it is always […]

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Kentucky Derby Recipes: Benedictine Spread

It isn’t Derby time right now, but Benedictine is certainly a Kentucky tradition and Derby favorite. This traditional Cucumber and Cream Cheese spread has been around Kentucky since the 1890s. The key to making it great is to squeeze as much water as possible out of the Cucumbers. A watery spread is no good. Benedictine […]

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Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Pepper Crème Fraîche

This year I planted a Romanesco Zucchini plant in my garden, and I’ve had a beautiful, abundant crop of striped green fruit all summer long. Sometimes its hard to come up with new ideas for the same produce over and over, but Zucchini is easy to use and the ideas just keep flowing (not that […]

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Pear, Fig and Gorgonzola Tart

This delectable sweet and salty dish of pear, figs, honey and cheeses on puff pastry is amazingly simple to prepare yet complex in flavor. You can make this for one meal and reheat the leftovers in the oven for an appetizer for dinner with friends later in the evening or the next day. The strong […]

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Caramelized Plantains with Honey, Ricotta and Cocoa Nibs

This weekend my friends and I had a Top Chef/Iron Chef inspired dinner party for a birthday celebration. We had a wide variety of unknown ingredients and each team (of 3-4 people) had to create new dishes on the fly without recipes. (If you want more details, I’ll post about hosting your own party next […]

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Pumpkin, Ricotta and Sage Bruschetta

The simple flavors of a season, when appropriately combined, set the mood for a meal and an evening. This bruschetta is lovely anytime of year, but is absolute perfection when set against a cool Autumn evening with friends using the fresh Pumpkins of the season. Earthy Sage set against sweet Pumpkin, mildly salty Ricotta and […]

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Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

I’ll admit up front, this isn’t the healthiest recipe you’ll find on my site, but it is so tasty it is worth the splurge. I went to my good friends’ house for an Oscar’s party and we all made movie themed foods. I made food from The Help. If you’ve seen the movie, you know […]

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Loaded Potato Salad

Potatoes, Cheese, Bacon, Chives, Salt, Pepper – is there anything better? I think not. This dish is a simple combination of favorites used in a baked potato, served in a cool potato salad (which can also be served warm). We had this with grilled hot dogs and burgers for Super Bowl and it was an […]

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Honey Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs Wrapped in Bacon

These bacon wrapped, honey drizzled, cheese stuffed babies are ooey-gooey, salty, sweet bites of goodness. They are a wonderful appetizer and make the perfect Valentine’s Day munchie treat. The bonus factor here is we all know bacon is an aphrodisiac. Hello! Particularly for men. So bring on the bacon, baby. I’m sure figs have some […]

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Simple Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese is a Southern staple and one of my all time favorites. A friend from Portland visited me in Durham, NC and tried it for the first time and fell in love. You can substitute any cheese you like, but choose two or three that have a nice contrast in flavor. You can also […]

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