A Dream Kitchen and a Perfect Party Menu

Hanover Avenue Dream Kitchen

One thing I love about life is that you just never know what a day will bring.

I definitely find that true right now in my “blogging life”. It keeps me busy as a bee, and it seems there’s never a dull moment – always something new to learn, a fun idea to try, an intriguing possibility to explore and often, a fun new friend right around the corner.

A perfect example occurred one morning earlier this summer as I was checking emails. There were a few important ones and lots of delete-right-away types, but one of them caught my eye. The subject piqued my interest. It read: We used your cookies in the coolest way!… 

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Lemon Tahini Dip with Crudites - a perfect appetizer, super delicious yet decently light, lean and healthy.

Lemon Tahini Dip

What’s your favorite kind of appetizer? Me? I love serving something decently healthy and light. I usually spend a lot of time putting together a meal when we’re entertaining, so I really don’t want to spoil appetites on the appetizer. To me appetizers are just supposed to be a little tease, some small bites to socialize over,… 

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Dried Cherry and Almond Energy Bars - not only incredibly healthy, these bars are crazy good. My son says they're "better than Kind Bars!"

Dried Cherry and Almond Energy Bars

Do you have a wish list? It seems I always have at least a little one in the making. Not things I can’t live without, not anything I HAVE to have, but always a few things that I think would be really nice. There was one thing that remained on my wish list for years; it was sort of silly, but nevertheless… 

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Lemon, Rosemary and Garlic Chicken Skewers

Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary Chicken Skewers

A few weeks ago, I was asked to come up with a party menu that would be popular with both kids and adults alike. It didn’t take me long to come up with a decision for the main entree. It seems that most everyone likes chicken; and when it’s moist, juicy and full of bright flavor, it’s… 

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Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Cakes - got zucchini? These little cakes are so moist and delicious, you'd never know they're fairly low in fat and loaded with veggies!

Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Cakes

Mama always said “eat your veggies”. And mama’s always right. Right? Okay granted, mama probably wasn’t talking about veggies combined with brown sugar, oil, buttermilk, cherries and chocolate. But then again, adding lots of freshly grated zucchini to brown sugar, oil, buttermilk, cherries and chocolate just might give this delicious dessert a wee bit of merit with good old mama…. 

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Ottolenghi's Tomato Party Couscous Salad - quintessentially summer, this fun pasta salad is delicious, healthy and make-ahead. It's perfect for pot lucks, parties and picnics.

Ottolenghi’s Tomato Party Couscous Salad

It seems like a zillion years ago, but in reality it was September 2011, about six months into this blogging adventure called The Café Sucre Farine. Scott and I had just arrived in London for a visit with our daughter, Cait and her family. We had a lot to learn about blogging back then, but just like these… 

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Fresh Peach and Sweet Cherry Crisp - a quintessentially summer. amazingly easy and super delicious dessert!

Fresh Peach and Sweet Cherry Crisp

Have you ever noticed that sometimes life doesn’t go as planned? We most definitely had that experience this past weekend. Big time. If you are a regular follower of The Café, you know from my post last Saturday, that our daughter and her family were arriving from London that afternoon, for a summer visit. And wow, were we… 

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