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 …

Pesto Ideas

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Pesto beyond the normal basil and pine nuts (which I do love, but it can get quite boring over and over). Wall Street Journal has great article and recipes on different versions of pesto, including: Walnuts + Grapeseed Oil Pistachio + Breadcrumbs + Mint Rapini + Parmesan + Porcini Pumpkin Seeds + Basil + Parmesan Pecans + Parsley + Dates …

15 Minute Japanese Mushroom Flatbread

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The intentions of making my own pesto sauce from scratch was certainly there, but something silly like I-killed-my-basil-plant got in the way of my plans. There’s nothing more sad than walking out to my mini-garden and seeing a sad, shriveled and shrunken herb. Oh poor little thing! You had such potential! I have a feeling that the mint got a …

Pan-Fried Pumpkin Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage

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Update 12/8/09 I’m thrilled to share that I’m a featured blogger for Oprah’s Holiday 2009! This is one of those perfect perfect fall-winter recipes that you must make for Thanksgiving. Because it’s super-simple. If you’ve never made gnocchi before, please trust me that it’s easier than you think…please don’t be intimidated by the “gn” Two throaty letters THAT close together …

Peanut Pesto and Peas Pasta Salad

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In the Tampa, Florida, Summer began sometime like in March. No kidding. The season RIGHT NOW is called too “*!%!$@*$ HOT.” The moment you step outside into 99.9% humidity coupled with 98F temps, you wonder why you even bothered to dry yourself after a shower. But never mind, because while Summer Fest is almost unbearable in my backyard, it’s in …

Warm Fig, Apple and Gorgonzola Flatbread

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Update 12/8/09 I’m thrilled to share that I’m a featured blogger for Oprah’s Holiday 2009 where this recipe is being featured! *** While I love to make my own pizza or flatbread dough from scratch, sometimes I just don’t feel like getting my hands all messy with dough. I cheat a lot and buy packaged flatbreads from the supermarket and …

Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese

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Simple recipe for Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe from cookbook author Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen.

Slow Butter Braised Asparagus

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I’ll admit, I have been caught up in the whole slow-cooking trend lately. Most of my slow-cooking has yielded succulent and tender results, like Tropical Island Salmon and Baby Back Ribs with Asian Orange Ginger Glaze, and yes, I’ve also had a couple of disasters. One night, I decided that we’d have an entire meal cooked sllllooowwwww. What a stupid …

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan Recipe

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Cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables – you can eat it raw, steam, boil, mash, fry or roast. Roasting the cauliflower is easy, cut the florets into bite-sized pieces (the smaller you cut them, the faster they cook), toss with olive oil. Roast the cauliflower for 20 minutes. They’ll get slightly browned at the bits, and transform into …