Boeuf Bourguignon

Back when I was single, I’d often cook myself beef liver for meals. It was cheap and I loved it, especially with eggs, which were also affordable. I had no other meat experience. Nor with vegetables, other than salad. So I marry at 25 and know I need to learn how to cook and put

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Paloma Margarita

Yes, one more margarita recipe! This is a recipe I had hand written on a recipe card many years ago, but then recently discovered it online when I was researching the source of the name “Paloma.” The same margarita is on the Food Network Website. It’s a different kind of margarita recipe in that it

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Peking Duck

The last time I made Peking duck was 35 years ago.I know this because I did some serious cooking between getting married in early 1982, to when my baby arrived in late 1983. During this time I dove head first into cooking, making my way through The Time-Life Foods of the World cookbook set. I

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Smoked Salmon Quesadillas

Back when I catered, I once created a quesadilla bar for a smallish party. It was a lot of work, with two skillets going, but the guests enjoyed choosing their custom ingredients and their ooey gooey appetizers. If my memory serves, I had chicken, beef, and shrimp, peppers and onions, tomatoes and mangos, good cheeses,

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My Favorite Salad

I eat a lot of salads throughout the year, even in the winter. I love all salad ingredients – lettuces, avocados, beets, raw vegetables, grilled meat or fish, some nuts or seeds and cheese… I love to mix them up and also pay great attention to my vinaigrettes. But then, there’s this one salad I’ve

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Savory Biscotti

The cookbook by Martha Stewart, called Martha Stewart’s Hors D’Oeuvres Handbook, was published in 1999, pretty soon after I started my catering business. It’s a beautiful book, even if you’re not a Martha Stewart fan. Her ideas for hors d’oeuvres are, not surprisingly, creative and unique. Sometimes they’re on the crazy end of the spectrum

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Bourbon Slush

In August, a bunch of us partiers got together at a friend’s house. I kid about the partying, cause we’re not exactly dance floor type folk at our age. It was more about wandering around our friend’s beautiful garden talking flowers while the guys played horseshoes. Being August, it was hot. To help cool us

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Figgy Jam

Figgy Jam! Just the name alone conjures Christmas spirit! And it’s December – time to plan cheese pairings! Personally, I think a jam, paste, or curd is a wonderful addition to a cheese platter, because it enhances the cheese. This one has a little savory component to it, but it’s not a chutney. And, it’s

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Pink Prosecco Margarita

My friend Dan loves a good cocktail. So when he made a point to text me this recipe, I knew it would be good. He found it online originally, and made a few adaptations, but because I don’t know the origin, I’ll just call it Dan’s recipe. It’s basically the ingredients for a real margarita,

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One More Margarita

I happen to like the taste of tequila, which is odd because I dislike strong cocktails. But margaritas, made with tequila, for anyone who may not know, can be really tasty. The ones I like are also refreshing. On this blog I’ve posted on my friends’ real margarita, and also my own watermelon margarita. None

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