Open-faced Tomato Goat Cheese Sandwich

Ever have cravings for just a quick lunch that has great flavors? Looking for a light sandwich idea?

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Green Cauliflower Roasted in Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
Fried Apples And Pecans

When you’re a Yankee reared by a southern woman, you learn to fry apples. My grandmother’s version was a very simple one. That’s where I start on this recipe. Then I added brandy and pecans. It’s quick and easy to make. And it’s the next best delicious dessert to hot apple pie and ice cream.

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Pork Wellington

From the classic Beef Wellington, a Pork Wellington is a wonderfully delicious replacement. It can be made in an elegant presentation for holidays and special occasions. Your family and guests will . . .

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Appetizer Idea—Wild Salmon Eggs And Cream Cheese

Wild salmon eggs (caviar) and cream cheese on toast points is an excellent appetizer for holidays, other events or just a self-indulging occasion.

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My Favorite Costco Snack

If you’re fortunate to live near a Costco food store, then you know how delicious the food is. Most weekdays they entice you to buy even more with lots of food tasting stations. This is especially true on the weekends when they seem to double the number of tasting stations. Often I come home with at least one food item that I had tasted. This was true for their cranberry walnut round bread which is normally available during the Christmas holiday season.

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Baked Tarragon Chicken Thighs And Rice

This baked chicken thigh casserole started a quick and lazy way for me to get dinner on the table. Over the years, I’ve tweaked it by adding more flavors such as bell peppers and the tarragon. But the rice had always been mushy. My latest tweak is to use an earthenware dish that cooks more evenly and to remove the aluminum foil during the last 15 minutes of cooking. I confess, I’m still tweaking. My second confession: I can never get enough of the simple flavors I find in the dish.

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Strawberry Shortbread Milkshake
Chunky Strawberry Compote

I love making my own compotes. As in this strawberry compote, I can control and explore flavors. I can make it with fresh ingredients. I can make it chunky. If you love a strawberry preserve, this compote is several steps up the flavor range.

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Fruity Nutty Salad With Orange Ginger Vinaigrette
Orange Ginger Vinaigrette—Best Ever!

Fresh ginger, the zest of half an orange, and honey make this the best Orange Ginger Vinaigrette ever. Yes, I said it, the best ever! The flavors come to gather beautifully, adding just a little bite from the fresh ginger which pairs well with the sweetness of the honey.

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Kitchen Scavenger Cocktail

So what’s a Scavenger Kitchen Cocktail, you may ask?

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Kiolbassa Sausage And Pasta

The flavors of smoked Kiolbassa sausage, roasted tomatoes, and peppery arugula all come together with pasta in a light creamy sauce. More flavor is added with Italian blended cheese. It’s delicious and filling and very simple to make.

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Pulled Pork With Country Style Pork Spare Ribs

This pulled pork with country style spare ribs is messy, juicy and downright flavor filled. In fact, a fork is most likely needed to eat it. Wear a bib or have lots of paper napkins on hand.

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Two-Cheese Potatoes Au Gratin With Bacon

Potatoes au gratin is a wonderfully classic side dish for every day or even holidays. I like topping it with lots of bacon, a salad and a glass of wine to make this a light but filling lunch.

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Brandy Raspberry Raspberry Sorbet Cocktail

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.

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Dungeness Crab Shrimp And Sausage Boil

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.

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Pepper Crusted Rump Roast of Lamb

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!

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A Christmas Menu Idea For Two (or four)

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, . . .

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Holiday Small Appetizer Tray Idea

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.

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