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Raspberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies

Trust me, these are deadly.  Deadly good.  Someone who lives with us and is from Germany but shall remain nameless, admitted to eating three of them in one sitting.  I’m not sure, but I think she this nameless shameless person went back for yet another one an hour or so later. Sandwiched between layers of buttery, chocolatey, […]

Fruit Tartlets

Don’t you think these look patriotic?  Maybe I’m pushing it a bit, especially with the golden raspberries, but play along with me.   And just pretend that the green plate is a mat of real leaves. You should make these for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.  These bite-sized goodies perfectly showcase summer’s fresh fruit.  And you […]

Snickers and Peanut Butter Muffins

I’ve been away.  On vacation.  It was time and I’m still enjoying it for several more days.  So I haven’t posted in a while and thought I’d better get to it or you all will grow tired of visiting only to see the same old stuff. So I’ll call these vacation muffins.  In our family, [...]

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

When I have the time, I really enjoy making bread.  It’s an opportunity to purge stress and tension during the kneading process.  But I understand just how dangerous the practice can be.  Years ago decades ago,we were given a recipe for food-processor French bread.  That loaf was really our first effort and it quickly became a habit.  The aroma […]

Chicken and Bean Burritos Enchilada Style

OK, before you decide that I’m going too far south of the border, keep in mind that Cinco de Mayo is just a few days away.  I’m offering you yet another option. One of our favorite dives is a place called Mexican Villa in Springfield, Missouri.  I use the word “dive” in the most reverential manner.  They serve an […]

Spicy Chicken Enchiladas Verde

Post trip to Houston, we’ve been on a bit of a Tex-Mex binge.  Apparently, we didn’t get enough while we were there.  After all, it was just a long weekend – too short for our preference.  So few days, so much really good Mexican food.  Within an hour or so of touch down at Houston [...]

Cassoulet Style Italian Sausages and White Beans

A new favorite cook book is Pam Anderson’s Perfect One Dish Dinners. I dog-eared half the book in the first pass.  And I have made a number of things from the book, but this is one of my favorites.   It’s easy, fast, and fairly healthy.  Although I suspect that purists in this part of the country might […]

Really Good Roasted Broccoli

Sure, I’ve tossed the broccoli with olive oil, kosher salt, and some cracked pepper.  Pretty good.  But this goes way beyond that.  And you’re just adding a couple of additional ingredients here.  But they make a big difference. Let’s be honest.  I’m not a big fan of broccoli.  I guess it’s the way it smells […]

Peanut Butter Shortbread with Salted Chocolate

When I came across this recipe from fellow blogger Eileen, I clipped it immediately.  I have stacks of stuff to try.  Some linger in the pile a little longer than others.  But this one went to the top of the heap.  I like to try at least one new cookie this time of year.  So [...]

Tomato Salad with Bacon, Blue Cheese, and Basil

The first of the heirlooms appeared last week at the local farmer’s market.  There were just a few varieties, but there is the promise of much more to come.  I like the combination of different colors and tastes and I generally come home with several pounds.  Their time is fleeting and we’ll have them for […]

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