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Almonds, Herbed and Roasted

A while back I was given a thank you gift that included a container of Herbed-Roasted Valencia almonds. They were incredible, and I badly needed more. When I searched online for the brand, I had sticker shock at the cost. So I decided to make my own. Costco sells Marcona almonds which is a Spanish variety and looks very similar, so I chose to give it a go. It turned out great. I found a remedy for mosquito and other bug bites that I have to share.  Also words from a reader that made me smile. Herbed & Roasted Marcona Almonds…

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Social Media, Grandma & Homemade Mexican Beans

I have apparently turned into my grandmother. Social media once again has reconnected me with my past. By request, I am posting my Mexican Black Beans recipe.  And our stainless steel straws are awesome! So let’s begin. I am my Grandma When I was a kid and visiting my grandparents home, I can vividly recall my grandma washing and re-using plastic bags and aluminum foil. I used to giggle because I thought that defeated the purpose of one-time-use products. In my grandma’s case, it was because she was a child of The Great Depression. It was a habit as they needed to do…

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Grilled Pork Loin * Roasted Sweets * Napa & Radish

I promised that I would share with you one of the “grilled out” dinners from last week. This Brined, Grilled Pork Loin with Kale Pesto was the bomb, as were the sides so you will get all three today. But before I get there, I gotta tell you I am moving a bit slow today. I even needed another cup of coffee after I drained the pot.  This cup is even topped off with a shot of espresso! Cheers everybody. You see, we had our new neighbors over for happy hour. A great couple and their two young daughters moved here from Hawaii. We…

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Tikka Masala aka Butter Chicken: Updated

My sisters, Gary and I love, love, love Indian food. The sisters have traveled extensively in India for business and grew to love the cuisine. Gary and I used to frequently go to Little India on Devon Ave. while we lived in Chicago. Tikka Masala was always one of our dishes to order. In Charleston, we used to have a group of friends that got together a few times a year, and we would all scratch make an Indian dish. Unfortunately, the group disbanded after the matriarch of the group passed away, but we as a family continue to make…

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Dutch Baby with Spiced Apples

Yesterday morning I woke up with a plan. I was making a Dutch Baby with Spiced Apples. Decades ago, there was a restaurant in Skokie, IL that served something like this and I have always wanted to make it. As always I had researched several different recipes (it is also called a German Apple Pancake or a Baked Apple Pancake, Dutch Baby and several other names) and then recreated it with my own twist. Full transparency -> A Kitchen Confession: Before I get to the recipe, I need to confess that the morning started with a bit of excitement. I…

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Buffalo Rotisserie Chicken Dip

It is football season. Well, at least that is what my sister’s tell me. I usually can tell when the superstitions start reappearing like wearing certain jewelry on game day and other such things. It is also when friends come together to watch a game and cheer their team on. And that calls for food. This Buffalo Rotisserie Chicken Dip is one of my favorite simple appetizers, and it is always a big hit. This recipe makes a pot full, so you better invite lots of folks over. Buffalo Rotisserie Chicken Dip This dip is usually heated in a crock pot because…

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Simple Roasted Tomato Appetizer

This is the last of the three recipes on my platter that I took to Natalie’s house last Monday. I have posted a roasted tomato recipe before, but that style was to serve more as a side dish. This method is to create a dipping appetizer served with a toasted sliced baguette or torn from the loaf of a fresh baguette (to soak up the juice and oil). It is super easy and incredibly delish. By far, it was the favorite of the three last Monday. I buy Campari tomatoes at Costco because they tend to be the ones that are consistently…

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Queso Fundido Pizza

I’mmmmm baaacckkkk! OMG, yesterday was such a fantastic day!  I started the day with a 3-mile walk with my niece-puppy and sweat by butt off. Then I finished processing and posted a wedding for one of my clients while doing six loads of laundry. While the computer chugged away on the wedding, I went to a wine tasting at Monarch Wine Merchants and met some new importers. Came home and made a Queso Fundido Pizza that I have imagined in my head for over a week. By then it was 10:30 pm and I was exhausted so I could not keep…

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Bell Peppers Stuffed with Cheese & Tomato

This is a recipe I made up ages ago.  It can be part of an antipasto platter, as a stand alone appetizer or as part of a salad course if you add some salad greens dressed with olive oil and salt. It is served at slightly warm to room temperature, so you need to prepare this ahead of when you wish to eat. I figure a half pepper per guest no matter the way you choose to serve it.  I buy bell peppers of different colors because it makes for a prettier presentation, but you can go with a single color if you wish,…

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Pork Loin Chops Thai-style & More

I was shopping last Friday at Costco as I do at least twice each month and I came across these beautiful pork loin chops. It was a pack of six, and each chop was two inches thick. They were calling me, and I knew just what to do with them. Our neighbor Natalie and her kids just got back from a week long vacation, and we really missed them, so we invited them for happy hour and dinner on Sunday.  Her parents are also in town, and so I said to bring them along we have plenty of food. So the gang came over, and…

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Turkey Burger with Herbs & Tzatziki Sauce

I shot a wedding on Saturday for a lovely young couple.  It was an indoor/outdoor event with temperatures hovering at about 90 degrees most of the day.  Those type of hot days can be so draining when you are on your feet for 9-10 hours.  So on Sunday, we were heading to the beach to spend it with family. Sunday was also our 29th anniversary, so there was no other place we wanted to be. You know from my praiseworthy post about Stella’s Greek Restaurant that I love Greek flavors. So when I got to my sister’s place at the…

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Bread Pudding: Oh, I am a Bad Boy!

I was going to write this post for tomorrow, but when I woke up this morning, I saw today is National Donut Day.  So I got busy and posted it today. Ok, now I bet you are confused.  The title says bread pudding but you had to post because it’s National Donut Day?  What gives?   Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding.  That is what gives. Now before you get to the recipe, you must know that bread pudding is one of my all-time favorite desserts.  As such, I have rules about what makes this dessert “to die for” versus “to die from.”…

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Salted Caramel Butter Bars

I have been craving something sweet, but Gary asked that I not buy anything at the bakery.  So I didn’t, I made something.  This recipe first appeared on my Facebook feed.  I love salted caramel so, I went to the website and decided I had to give it a try.  Thanks Cookies & Cups for sharing this recipe with the world. Salted Caramel Butter Bars INGREDIENTS For the Crust: 1 lb. salted butter room temp 1 cup sugar 1½ cups powdered sugar 2 Tbs vanilla 4 cups AP flour For the Filling: (I did not use this portion of the…

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Roasted Grapes: Who Woulda Thought?

I was shooting a wedding a couple weeks ago and along with the accompaniments for the salad station was a bowl of what looked like red seedless grapes that lost its luster.  So I popped one in my mouth and was overcome by pure delight.  Roasted grapes – who knew!  I knew it was a grape but the flavor is more intense. It tastes nothing like a fresh grape but it is so so good.  My mind started racing about what one could do with these delectable morsels of goodness.  All I can say is, I never would have thought…

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