January 2012

French Wine Tasting at 15th Street Pizza

January 31, 2012
Wines featured in 15th Street French Wine Tasting

“Touring The French Wine Regions” was the second wine tasting hosted by 15th Street Pizza. Going to a wine tasting is absolutely one of my favorite things to do. I was excited when I found out about this one. The fine folks at 15th Street did such a great job with their first wine event I […]

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Blueberry Sourdough Pancakes

January 26, 2012
Blueberry Sourdough Pancakes

Weekend mornings are the greatest! No alarm clocks going off. No rushing off to the weekday hub-bub. More relaxed time to sip coffee and treat yourself and your family to a special breakfast. I know I want something different than my usual pre-workout protein bar and iced coffee. This weekend it was pancakes and they […]

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Open-faced Picadillo Sandwich

January 24, 2012
Open-faced Picadillo Sandwich

Have you ever had Picadillo? It is a popular and traditional dish in many Latin American countries. Picadillo is made with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, green olives, and other ingredients that can vary depending on the region. I discovered it in a local Cuban restaurant years ago. It is typically served over rice with a […]

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Sourdough French Bread

January 19, 2012
Sourdough French Bread

Have you ever baked homemade bread? If not, you should give it a try. Bread baking is not as difficult as it seems. It does take time though. You can plan on several hours from start to finish. Some of those hours are the time it takes for the dough to rise a couple of […]

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Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon

January 17, 2012
Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon

The label got me. Yes, I admit it. I had to buy this wine as soon as I saw it. I am a Pink Floyd fan. Can you tell by the boxed CD set? The music is the soundtrack to a lot of great memories over many, many years. My first Pink Floyd album was […]

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Cupcakes with a Surprise Inside

January 12, 2012
Candy Filled Cupcakes

Cupcakes certainly have been popular in the last few years. In a small town near where I live there was a cupcake store next door to a cupcake store. This is in one of those old towns with a square. Right there on the square were the two stores with their big cupcake signs right […]

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Ham and Bean Soup

January 10, 2012
Ham and Bean Soup

Do you have a ham bone? This soup is one of the best uses for one. Hopefully, if you had a ham recently, you did not throw away the bone. If you did, that is okay. You should be able to buy a ham bone from a ham company such as HoneyBaked Ham. I had […]

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Pear and Stilton Salad – Progressive #SundaySupper

January 8, 2012
Pear and Stilton Salad

Have you ever participated in a progressive dinner? It is so much fun and can really make for a entertaining evening. All you need to do is get a group of people to host a course at their house. It is great for a neighborhood event because you can walk from one home to another. A […]

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Quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake

January 5, 2012
Quadruple Chocolate Loaf Cake

Oh chocolate! How I love thee, let me count the ways… There are four ways in this cake. Cocoa powder, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, and dark chocolate shavings. Rich, moist, and for real chocolate lovers. I found this recipe a while ago and had been saving it for a special occasion. I decided to bake it […]

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Seghesio Rockpile Zinfandel

January 3, 2012
Seghesio Rockpile Zinfandel 2008

Special times call for special wines. Go beyond the ordinary, everyday wines to highlight an occasion. Splurge a little. For New Year’s Eve, I decided to open a bottle I had been saving for a while. I wanted to celebrate the last day of the year with a wine that reminded me of good times. […]

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