Coincidental Celebration

Every day is a different food holiday, it seems. My twitter stream never fails to remind me about Grilled Cheese Day or Hot Dog Day or Chocolate Day or whatnot. As silly as the notion is, as a food blogger I don’t mind these theme holidays since they provide good inspiration for what to make. Well, you know, even the most creative cook may need a bit of nudge from time to time when ideas run low. And then there are those strange moments when all the stars align....more

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Amaretto Ice Cream With Liquor Poached Pecans and Hazelnut Swirl

My baby sister, Caitlin, turned twenty one this past weekend.  Being the youngest of four girls, we three elders knew that we had to pull out all the stops for her coming of age celebration....more

We're having such crazy hot weather (even hotter than usual) this summer, that all I want is ice ...more

Drinks for Him and Her

My new husband loves cognac.  On a chilly night, he enjoys heating a snifter of it in his brandy warmer.  The idea of a drink that is both warm and warming sounds wonderful.  However, I have found the taste of straight cognac (even top shelf) to be too strong. In an effort to create a drink that is a blend of my husband's and my preferences, my dear made a drink called a French Connection.  Made with amaretto and cognac, his version took some of the edge off of the cognac for me, but it still wasn't quite to my liking. ...more