March 2012

Homemade Caramel Sauce

March 29, 2012
Homemade Caramel Sauce

“That, holding your tongue right, and practice are the keys to a successful caramel frosting.” – Virigina Willis in her Basic to Brilliant, Y’All cookbook. That quote applies to anything caramel and not just frosting. Caramel is mighty tricky. It took me three tries plus combining two different recipes until I made caramel sauce successfully. […]

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Connections, Inspiration, and Awards

March 27, 2012
Solomon's Seal

My Solomon’s Seal bloomed this past week. Look at how the delicate flowers are hanging from a single stem. It makes me think of the people in my life and how we are connected. Whether I am in contact personally or virtually, each person adds so much to my life. What you share and contribute […]

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Mediterranean Farro Salad

March 22, 2012
Mediterranean Farro Salad

What happens to a foodie at a market? They get inspired. At least that is what happens to me. Specialty markets, farmers markets, even Whole Foods Markets spark cravings each time I visit them. I see all the goods not found in my regular grocery store and the creativity begins. Bulgarian feta cheese is to […]

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The Just-Right Brownie

March 20, 2012
Triple Chocolate Brownies

Sometimes you just want a good old-fashioned brownie. A simple one without loads of marshmallows, frosting, sprinkles, or anything else on top. Chocolate is the highlight and the texture is just right. They are moist but not fudge-y or cake-like. A homemade treat for any occasion. These are the brownies that fit the bill. The […]

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French Green Lentil Salad for #SundaySupper

March 18, 2012
French Green Lentil Salad

Green is one of the first signs of spring. The background changes from the grayness of winter to the greenness of spring. New foliage livens up the scenery in a refreshing and rejuvenating way. There is a sense of awakening that comes with the season. It is my favorite time of the year. As I […]

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Beef With Beer and Potatoes

March 15, 2012
Beef with beer and potatoes

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food” – W. C. Fields That quote is about me, I am sure of it. (Even though he said it before I was born). One of the things I do when I cook dinner is pour a glass of wine. Sipping wine is as much […]

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Stamping Out Pretty Cookies

March 13, 2012
Shortbread cookies stamped with a pretty design.

Take a look at those shortbread cookies. They are so fancy and pretty! How to get the design on them? All you have to do is stamp them before baking. It is as simple as rolling dough into balls and then pressing them out. The cookies have an elegant touch without having to decorate with […]

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Nutty Couscous for #SundaySupper

March 11, 2012
Israeli couscous with coconut milk, pine nuts, and fresh parsley

Springtime! I get so excited just thinking about it. Watching the landscape wake up after a winter’s sleep is very captivating to me. I find myself looking out windows and going outside more often. I want to see every single plant and flower as they show new spring growth. The itch to go to plant […]

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A Simple Cuban Meal

March 8, 2012
Grilled mojo criollo marinated pork tenderloin, black beans, and yellow rice

Confession: Not everything I cook is totally homemade. There are some meals I put together using convenience foods. Why? Several reasons and time is one of the main ones. Some busy days do not allow for a lot of time to be spent in the kitchen. I had one of those busy days recently and […]

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Homemade Wheat Bread With Oats and Honey

March 6, 2012
Homemade Oatmeal Wheat Bread

Are you looking for a good sandwich bread? You have come to the right place. I love sandwiches and eat one almost every day. The bread really makes a difference. Homemade is all that much better, especially when it has healthy ingredients of whole wheat, oats, and honey. Oatmeal Wheat Bread is soft and has […]

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