Strawberry Rose Gin Fizz

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Please excuse my lack of self-control while I share all the strawberry recipes with you all at once.  I can’t keep these recipes to myself!  The strawberries are talking to me at this point.  They like to be soaked in gin, they say. There are a lot of flavors that go well with strawberries, but [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Strawberry Mascarpone Yogurt Pie

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You’re just here for the strawberries, I know.  I get it.  I could smell the first season’s berries at the farmer’s market a mile away.  Winter was so dang brutal this year, so we are all jumping for joy at the strawberries. Have I told y’all before that Happy Hour is a big deal in [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Best Macaroons

Best Macaroons |

Stop right there.  You know the best part of a macaroon is the crispy brown edges.  So why do we scoop and stack the coconut, preventing the browning process?  When we scoop, the only pieces of coconut that become toasty are the stray pieces that survive compaction by cookie scoop.  That is not enough!  I [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m having a blast at the ethnic grocery store right down the street from my house.  The place is always packed, and the prices are way better than most grocery stores.  Since it’s a heavily trafficked store, I know the turn-over is great.  Fresh, fresh, fresh! I picked up some fresh tahini (if I told [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Dinner for Two: Charred Corn Tilapia

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I’ve been making this Rachael Ray recipe for no less than 5 years.  I love it because you literally slap together ingredients you have in your pantry and freezer, and what comes out of the oven is so impressive.  It’s almost embarrassing how delicious 5 ingredients can be. I’ve always been a Rachael Ray fan.  [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Chocolate Eclairs

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These mini chocolate eclairs for two positively melt my heart.  I want to dunk them in my coffee in the morning, snack on them in the afternoon, and eat them for dessert after dinner.  The good news in that scenario is that this recipe only makes 6 mini two-bite eclairs.  If you share these with [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Dinner for Two: Spicy Mac ‘n Collards

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Am I making you want to eat your greens?  Gosh, I hope so!  I don’t think I could try any harder than this perfect combination of flavors.  We have collard greens (featuring bacon and jalapeño) stirred with creamy, cheesy macaroni.  This is my type of comfort food!…with a double portion of ice cream over a [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Dinner for Two: Perfect Collard Greens


A whole mess ‘a greens.  Well, technically not a whole mess, because I cook for two.  You probably already knew this much. I’ve never seen a collard green recipe that didn’t serve an army.  In fact, my old-timey Southern cookbooks recommend that you wash the whole heap of greens in the washing machine.  As in, [ Click to continue Reading! ]