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Brandy Raspberry Raspberry Sorbet Cocktail

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Yes, you can reserve this delicious Brandy Raspberry Raspberry Sorbet Cocktail for a Sunday brunch. But I’m of the mind any occasion, ordinary or special and any day of the week is the right time for wonderful cocktail.

Dungeness Crab Shrimp And Sausage Boil

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A crab and shrimp boil is simple and easy to make. The key is fresh ingredients and a good seafood seasoning. In winter months, I do use frozen corn-on-the-cob. Unashamedly, I confess I’m a bit squeamish when it comes to handling live crabs!! So I cheat and purchase the crabs pre-cooked and just steam them near the end of the cooking. This does mean that crabs escape the seasoning; still, the meat is deliciously sweet. I add seasoning when dipping the meat in the seasoned melted butter.

Pepper Crusted Rump Roast of Lamb

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Eat more lamb! That thought drifted into my mind as I approached the butcher’s department of the grocery store. I satisfied that idea with a rump roast of lamb. It’s the top back part of the lamb and is full of flavor. It’s also quite easy to roast. The simplest method is to pan fry or rather seer its exterior and finish it in the oven. And like any roast, one doesn’t want to overcook it!

A Christmas Menu Idea For Two (or four)

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Often after having experienced a very social Thanksgiving dinner (or not), I look forward to a quiet Christmas dinner. The menus for my Christmas dinner sometimes included ham baked with cloves and pineapples and a range of complimentary sides. Sometimes, . . .

Holiday Small Appetizer Tray Idea

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Assembling an appetizer tray is almost as much fun as sampling its delicious treats. Many appetizer trays are designed to host a large group of people.

Ginger Sugar Walnut

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This ginger sugar walnut is delicously sweet with just a touch of ginger spice to excite the palate. Serve as an appetizer, on a cheeseboard or as a snack.

The Kiwi Cocktail

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First, I must say that this is not my recipe. I found it on I can say that I made this kiwi cocktail and thought it so delicious that I wanted to share it with you

Pork Loin Roast Recycled In A Thick Broccoli Soup

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The second best dish to a delicious pork loin roast is a leftover pork loin roast recycled in a thick broccoli soup! Key to this splendid meal is a juicy-cooked pork loin roast to begin with, then fresh vegetables sauteed left to swim in canned broccoli soup with two cups of water. Serve hot with a fresh baked harvest bread.

Pistachio-Crusted Pork Loin Roast

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Dress up a pork loin roast with a crust of pistachios, adding more texture and flavor. Slow cook the roast to release and enjoy its juicy mild flavors. If you’re feeding a small or large group of people on a limited budget, the pork lion roast is a perfect choice.

Spicy Chunky Apple Chutney

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A confession: this very spicy chunky apple chutney is so yummy, I found it difficult to stop tasting it before I could store it into the glass storage container. This apple chutney was created to serve with pork, such as a pork loin roast and pork chops. Flavors include a wonderful mix of spices normally found in an apple spice, fresh gala apples and dried raisins, and ginger. The spicy heat comes from a red hot pepper.

How To Roast Chicken Thigh Quarters

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By now, if you’ve been following me, you know I LOVE roasted anything! Roasting is just easy to do. But most importantly, the roasting intensifies the flavor of the food with every bite an absolute palate pleasure.

Creamy Lemon Sauce Base

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For the longest time, I have made various lemon sauce based upon what I was cooking. This of course gave me different flavors, as well as different consistencies in the thicknesses. And the approach was not always satisfying, until I decided to make a lemon sauce base to which I would add spices and herbs based upon what I was cooking. I also wanted a lemon sauce base that I coud use as is.

Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice!

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Frankly, making your own pumpin spice is so easy. You more than likely already have the ingredients on your kitchen cabinet shelf. Another reason to make your own pumpkin spice is that you can control the flavors, increase or decrease the spice(s) you most prefer.

Jumbo Pumpkin Creme Cheese Muffin

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These jumbo pumpkin cream cheese muffins are 4 inches across the top!! They’re very moist with a perfect sweetness, pumpkin flavor completed with soft texture of the cream cheese filling. Serve as quick breakfast with fruits and coffee or as a snack.

Pumpkin Pie Coconut Smoothie

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You don’t have to wait for pumpkin season to roll around to enjoy a pumpkin pie coconut smoothie!! I seldom visit the canned areas of a grocery store but to make this smoothie, I gladly shop from the canned section. I like to use pure pumpkin and canned coconut milk that . . .

Roasted Cauliflower And Broccoli With Bacon

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This side dish of roasted cauliflower, broccoli, and bacon vegetable is a very simple yet flavor-filled.  All of the ingredients are oven roasted, even the bacon.  The dish is then tossed with a spicy sweet soy sauce.

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Acorn Squash

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I used a sweet Italian bulk sausage and sweet onion to compliment the sweet flavor of this sweet dumpling acorn squash. You can of course use a white acorn squash but I simply love the colorful tripes of the deep green and cream. Anyway, to that I wanted to keep a kind of confetti look and added an orange bell pepper. Well, when it’s fall, some orange simply must be in the mix!

Skillet Jambalaya

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After that deliciously wonderful New Orleans Style Bloody Mary from James Gaffney, photographer, my thoughts and appetite turned to one of my most favored Big Easy dish: Jambalaya. It’s so easy to make, very hearty and filled with wonderful flavors from fresh vegetables and meats, as well as seafood.

New Orleans Style Bloody Mary

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I'm so very excited to offer this recipe for a New Orleans style Bloody Mary by James Gaffney.  He shares a wonderful brief history on the Bloody Mary.  If you love a good Bloody Mary like I do, make it--you're in for a delectable adventure. 

My Copy-Cat Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puff

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What's special about a Wisconsin State Fair cream puff?  It's extra large puff pastry and cold pile-high whip cream.  I was able to find a couple of recipes on the internet for the cream puff.  And that's what you'll find here, a melding of the two recipes with some tweaking on its preparation.