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Broiled Pear and Prosciutto Toasts

We all have pet-peeves, right? Well, I have a real problem with elitist know-it-all attitudes. Of course, I used to think I could manage the whole world with one hand tied behind my back....

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Pasta Athena

The Aftermath, and Greek Pasta with Shrimp Tomato and Kalamata Olives. Well friends, Halloween is over. Decorations are coming down. The litter is off the lawn. The grass is rebounding from a hoard of...

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Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Whiskey Cream Sauce

Labor of Love, AKA Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Whiskey Cream Sauce. Human beings are fairly predictable. We generally do things for others, for one of two reasons–to GIVE or to GET. It doesn’t really...

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Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa

This is my last post before Halloween night. I wanted to squeeze in one more party food before the weekend! Drum roll for Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa. I’ll be extremely busy the...

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Amazing Apple Challah Yeast Bread

Hey Friends, I’m a ball of SHEER EXCITEMENT, bubbling with feverish bliss, Gleefully Ecstatic, overcome with ELATION…happy. This jubilation can only be celebrated with something as amazing as  Apple Challah Yeast Bread. I’m pleased...

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Creamy Chocolate Pumpkin Bars

Halloween is just around the corner. That means decorations are going up! We always wait until the morning of October 31st to put up the outside decorations. That way, they will be a surprise...

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Tamale Bites

Time, my ultimate love-language. Some women want gifts or sweet talk. Those things are nice, but all I really crave is ample time with the people I love. Time is what I consider my...

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Roasted Fish Bruschetta

Simple=FANTASTIC with Roasted Fish Bruschetta! After rambling on about Chinese Fusion Food, Halloween and Corn Mazes last week, I thought I’d cut you a break today with a quickie write-up and a quickie dinner!...

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Brandy Apple Mini Pies with Cornmeal Crust

Fall~Fun~Fear, Plus Brandy Apple Mini Pies with Cornmeal Crust. Fall is my favorite season by far! Vibrant fiery colors blanketing the slopes, crisp air, jackets. I love jackets. I also love all the “fall...

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1 Pumpkin, 3 Milkshakes

October brings a whirl-wind of crisp cool air, leaves, and HALLOWEEN… Growing up, my family never really made a big deal over Halloween. Some years we trick-or-treated, some years not. So you can imagine...

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Spicy Uighur Street Meat and Buttered Naan

REAL Chinese Fusion Food~ As a mom, I look back on all the travel I experienced–apart from my family–before ever graduating from high school, and wonder if I’ll be as brave as my parents...