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Appetizers and Sides

Salmon Mousse

By On December 3, 2015

  The holiday parties are starting and you may be asked to bring a dish of some kind to your next party. Well, I highly recommend my salmon mousse.  I love how… Read More

Appetizers and Sides

Holiday Brie

By On November 20, 2015

This is a simple, elegant way to serve brie during the holidays . With the red, white and green theme you’ve got a perfect dish for a holiday party. I’ve been making… Read More

Holidays and Special Occasions

Oven Risotto with Kale

By On February 9, 2015

I adapted this recipe from Bon Appetit. I used pecans instead of walnuts and 1/2 of an onion, which I think is plenty for a cup of rice. This recipe is wonderful!… Read More


Chocolate Mousse

By On January 23, 2015

In a hurry? Who isn’t. This is Nigella‘s instant chocolate mousse recipe and it is super delicious. It comes together quickly and has a creamy texture. I added toasted pecans, but I… Read More


Happy Holidays!

By On December 23, 2014

Wishing all of you the best Christmas and the happiest New Year from my family to yours! Photo taken at Justine’s Brasserie by the great, great Rocky Schenck. xoxo… Read More


Italian Gnocchi

By On October 8, 2014

  One of our best friends, Jon Dee Graham, and I have been talking about making gnocchi together for years. Finally, we did and what a great time was had with Jon… Read More


Spaghetti with Baked Cherry Tomatoes

By On September 18, 2014

This delicious easy pasta recipe is adapted from Lidia Bastianich. She is a great cook and her book, Lidia Cooks From the Heat of Italy, is fantastic. It is divided into different… Read More

Appetizers and Sides

Heirloom Tomatoes with Gorgonzola Cheese

By On July 16, 2014

This recipe is adapted from the Barefoot Contessa‘s blue cheese dressing. I used Gorgonzola cheese. Gorgonzola is a veined Italian blue cheese made from unskimmed cows milk, mostly produced in Northern Italy.… Read More


Strawberry Pie

By On July 10, 2014

Do you post pictures on Facebook for throw-back Thursday? Well, this pie is a throw-back to the ’80’s. My beautiful mom used to make this pie all the time with Pillsbury pie… Read More

Chicken, Beef, Pork

Happy Birthday America!

By On June 30, 2014

It’s almost the 4th of July!  Let me know what you are cooking. I say why not celebrate with ribs? Juicy, St. Louis pork ribs, sauced with Stubb’s BBQ sauce. Before Stubbs… Read More