Root Vegetable Tart Tatin

February 19, 2015

Use maroon carrots here if you can find them as they add a beautiful touch of red along with their white and orange brethren roots. A dose of goat cheese and sage adds just the right amount of rich and herbal notes to this simple (yes, really) meatless meal.

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Sausage in Pastry with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

January 16, 2015

Game day calls for simple but hearty snacks and nothing is easier than pulling together this juicy, rich, man-pleasing appetizer.

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Crunchy Black Bean Quesadillas

December 14, 2014

I always have an assortment of canned beans in my pantry; especially black beans. Luckily for busy people (which pretty much means everyone these days), canned black beans are not only delicious but they’re easy to incorporate into quick to prepare week-night meals.

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Peach Crisp with Lemon Verbena

September 12, 2014

This is my favorite rendition of the classic crisp. I also have an affection for plums, and apricots in this summery dessert but my trademark addition is lemon verbena, which I plant every spring without fail.

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Grilled Pizza with Artichokes, Prosciutto and Pepper Jack Cheese

August 10, 2014

It really isn’t hard to make pizza and it’s a luxury to make it with the toppings exactly the way you like it. Fun and fast to cook on the grill, I even grill pizza in the dead of winter so walking outside to slap a hunk of dough on the grates is no big deal when the weather is fine.

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The “Cure” for the Common Party

June 2, 2014

The hardest part of this no fuss appetizer is rolling up the meat. With no cooking and hardly any prep, you can make up an appetizer or weekend lunch out of purchased sausages and cheeses from your local grocery in no time flat.

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Candied Meyer Lemon Slices

February 28, 2014

You can candy any kind of lemon, but Meyer lemons make especially pretty slices.

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Lemon Filled Coconut Cupcakes

January 28, 2014

Anyone who grew up with Hostess filled cupcakes knows the charm of the filled cupcake. Just like chocolate and cream, coconut and lemon are a great combination in a cupcake and the only way to get it to make these up yourself.

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Maple Brined Pork Chops with Sweet Potato, Apple and Mustard Sauce

January 17, 2014

There are many theories about our urge to pimp the pig in the desolate days of winter, but to me it’s all about that sweet, tender meat that goes so well with winter vegetables.

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Hey, Hey, Hey Toffee

December 12, 2013

Have you been naughty or nice ?

I must admit to feeling a bit naughty because I really don’t feel like baking a million Christmas cookies this year. Like you, I’m overscheduled and busy but want to be nice and make some fun treats to pass out to friends and family.

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