Sweet and Spicy Mango Salad Dressing

Sweet and Spicy Mango Salad Dressing - so delicious, super easy and the anecdote for boring salads! Oh, and it's fabulous drizzled over pan-seared or grilled salmon, shrimp or chicken too!

I don’t like to let things get boring or tedious. In fact, when life starts to feel routine or mundane, my first impulse is to conjuring up an idea or two to pizzaz things up a bit. Admittedly, sometimes these are crazy ideas but nevertheless, new ways of doing things, definitely keeps everyday life from getting humdrum and monotonous.

The same thing is true with food. It’s easy to get in a rut, isn’t it? Do ever feel like you’re eating the same things over and over? If you feel like that’s happening, it might be time to change things up a little. Or a lot. And that’s my job – to help you think outside of the box in your culinary world… … 

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Bourbon Brown Butter Buttercream - oh my goodness!  You won't even believe  how amazing these are!!

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I often think about the fact that I would have never made a very good retail buyer. They’re the ones who make purchases for stores to sell 6 to 9 months later. That means in March, April and May, they’re into all things Christmas and when summer rolls around, winter sports, warming by the fireplace and ice skates are… 

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Sesame Ginger Green Beans (6)

Sesame Ginger Green Bean Salad

Such a dilemma! I couldn’t decide what to call this delicious veggie combination… Honey Ginger Green Beans? Asian Green Beans and Peas? Honey Sesame Green Bean Salad? Sesame Ginger Green Beans? Peas and Green Beans – Asian Style? Green Bean Salad with Sesame and Ginger? Utterly Addictive Asian Green Bean? What do you think? The… 

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Fresh Corn and Tomato Caprese Salad - if you look up "summer" in the dictionary, you very well might see a picture of this fresh, delicious salad!

Fresh Corn and Tomato Caprese Salad

Think about it for a moment. In just a few short months, there’ll be cold winds blowing and, at least here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’ll only able to fantasize about… juicy, summer tomatoes in a hundred hues of red, yellow, gold, purple and green. How about that sweet, succulent corn, growing tall, lined up like green soldiers as… 

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Peach Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies - with only 5 ingredients, these buttery, melt in your mouth cookies are super easy and incredibly delicious!

Peach Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Have you ever heard the old saying, “Many hands make light work?”. It’s an old classic proverb that dates back to the early 1300’s. It was first recorded in a knightly romance called Sir Bevis of Hampton. In addition to “making the work light” there’s another bonus to “many hands”. Fun, lots of fun, especially when it’s many little hands… 

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5 Make- Ahead Celebration Desserts

5 Make-Ahead Celebration Desserts

Last week I shared a fun and unique opportunity we had to partner with Anne Tollett, an incredibly talented interior designer from Richmond, Virginia. Anne designed a gorgeous but affordable kitchen and I was able to give her input from a cook’s point of view. I also had fun creating a menu for a virtual family… 

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Peach Raspberry Freezer Jam -take 30 minutes to throw together a batch of this yummy jam! It's really easy and you'll be thanking yourself when the cold winds blow!

Peach Raspberry Freezer Jam

I know there’s probably an inclination for some of you to click this page away into cyberspace. You’re thinking “Jam? Nope, not me, I’m not a jam maker”. That’s where your fingers were headed, right? Guess what? I’m not a jam maker either. Well, at least not one of those old-fashioned, stand over a steaming pot, smartie-darties who know… 

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