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Super Frico Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Usually, the kitchen is loud….or should I say “lively” – the boys are running through with their Nerf guns, old-school Madonna playing on Pandora, me singing, “borderline….feels like I’m going to lose my mind…you just keep on pushing my love….” and Coco at my feet, waiting for me to drop a morsel of food as I fling my arms trying …

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Skirt Steak Tacos

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I’ve discovered that I’m not the only one who’s fiercely loyal to their local supermarkets. While some are loyal to a particular market because it’s convenient (close to house or office), I’m more influenced by the quality of two things: produce and meat (though my kids will argue that for them, it’s the variety of ice Creams and the breadth …

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Grilled Bruschetta with Asparagus and Parmesan Cheese

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I’m so thrilled to introduce to you Debi Shawcross and her new book, Friends at the Table: The Ultimate Supper Club. I have a small group of friends here in my hometown that regularly get together nearly once a week for a dinner party. We often rotate houses, and of course the gathering is built all around the menu for the night. …

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Asparagus Gratin

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Step by step photos for Asparagus Gratin Recipe. Recipe from Cook’s Country May 2011 issue.

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Spinach, Mushroom and Bacon Fondue (video)

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While most of the country is already turned on their heaters and brought out their winter jackets, we’ve been suffering from the unbearable heat with 10,254% humidity until just a few days ago. I envy those of you in cooler states, you get to snuggle under a fuzzy blanket and drink hot chocolate with the mug cradled in your palms …

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Back to School Ideas

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I’ve got 9 Back to School breakfast, lunch and snack ideas – head over to my guest post on Bon Appetit’s site! Oh and pssst….I’m also featured on Saveur.com for Marcella Hazan’s Simple Tomato Sauce recipe.

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Salad with Warm Goat Cheese on Toasted Baguette

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Happy New Year! I thought I’d start the new year right with a light salad (just don’t eat too many of those warm goat cheese rounds on toasted baguette, ok?!) Wishing you and your family a fun-filled, healthy and prosperous New Year! It’s a brand new year and I’ve just now started my winter garden, which includes celery, salad greens …

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Swiss Onion Soup on TLC

My husband, Scott, is a big French onion soup fan, ordering it whenever possible when we’re eating out. For me, though, the traditional French version is just a little too rich, too heavy for my tastes. All this time, I thought what Scott liked about the soup was its full-bodied, sweet beefy stock and the heady cognac. Because, that’s a …

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Caprese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

When tomato and fresh basil is THIS good, I hate to do anything other than enjoy it fresh in a salad. My Basil Vinaigrette is simple to make, takes 5 minutes in a blender. You’ll love it. I promise. First, the Basil Vinaigrette ingredients: fresh basil leaves, shallots (substitute with onion or garlic), sea salt, a couple slices of fresh …

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Coccante Signore: The Crispy Mister

What’s my position on meat? I love it. I crave meat and I probably eat too much of it. that, and chocolate. and coffee oh yes, wine too. To be healthier, I could give up some of the above. But I can’t. You’d have to pry that grilled steak from my hungry, greedy hands. There are too many reasons to …

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Kobe Beef Steak Burgers on CBS

Yesterday I got to do a live segment on CBS on location at a restaurant right in the heart of hoppin’ Superbowl frenzy. It was my first time doing a live segment outside of the television studio, and honey, I gotta say that it’s SO MUCH FUN! My segment’s theme was “Affordable Luxuries” and I wanted to feature Kobe Style …