Easy Homemade Gifts: Gift of the Magi Bread

Growing up, one of my Mom’s holiday traditions was baking Gift of the Magi Bread. Her original, hand written recipe from the 70s is below. It is heavily spotted with all the batter we’ve made over the years which is just one more reason I love to pull it out of my recipe book and […]

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Four Roses Bourbon BBQ Slow Cooker Pork #BourbonBBQ

May is National Barbecue Month in the U.S., and I celebrated with friends and family over some tasty Slow Cooker BBQ Pork in a homemade Four Roses spiked BBQ sauce. The sauce used in this slow cooker recipe could easily be mixed and used on the grill, too. I’d recommend whisking it up, using half […]

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Big Lemony Birthday Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

A few months ago my friend Jen and I hosted a book group for The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. In this particular book group the hosts choose food that is complementary to the book. In our case, the title and cover of the book said it all – we needed a […]

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Best of St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Round-Up

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays simply because I’m Irish and the holiday gives me the perfect reason to cook good Irish food. Below are a few of the best Irish themed recipes I’ve created over the past few years. Since my kitchen is still in its final remodeling stages, I wasn’t […]

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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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Prosciutto, Gruyere and Spinach Quiche with Hash Brown Crust

This savory combination of Yukon Gold Potatoes, Eggs, Spinach, Prosciutto and Gruyere is the perfect brunch dish. As an added bonus, it is gluten free. I’ve made this dish a couple of times, and on both occasions it disappeared quickly. I was barely able to get a photo for this post! What I love most […]

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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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Healing Superfood Soup to Speed Recovery from a Common Cold

In the cold of winter it is quite common to catch a little sniffle or two. However, eating the right foods can help boost immunity, lead you down a path of wellness, and speed recovery from common ailments. This tasty soup is just such a dish. Ginger, Garlic, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Roasted Chicken and Kale […]

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Cox’s Creek Sling – Four Roses Bourbon, Cranberry and Lime Cocktail

Bourbon, Cranberry Juice and Lime may be three of my most favorite things. Combine the three, make it Four Roses Bourbon and it becomes a little taste of heaven. My dad brought me a bottle of Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon for New Year’s Eve and I knew just the cocktail I’d be making. I […]

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Beer Braised Kale, Collard Greens and Brown Rice

Kale, Collard Greens, or some variety of dark, leafy cruciferous vegetable are in my fridge all winter long. I love cooking them up in soups, adding them to salads with a tart vinaigrette or, in proper Southern fashion, cooking them down with some Bacon fat and tangy vinegar. This time, I tried a beer braised […]

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