31 Ways to Celebrate Ice Cream Month!

31 Ways To Celebrate Ice Cream Month!

July is Ice Cream Month! There is no better way to celebrate than with a drippy ice cream cone, or ice-cream cake or ice-cream sandwich or bonbons or...  well, I'll let you decide.  Several of my food blogging friends shared their favorite recipes for this sweet July treat!  Here are…

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Fourth of July Pinwheel Cookies

Fourth Of July Pinwheel Cookies

  Fireworks, parades, picnics, deviled eggs, BBQ, swimming pools or sandy beaches and spectacular patriotic desserts are the perfect recipe for the 4th of July!  July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States only since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes all the way…

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Valley Fig Growers

Valley Fig Growers

Were there foods you hated as a kid, that you love now?  I have a few! First, were avocados.  Growing up, our neighbors had a huge tree that grew between their house and ours.  That tree sprawled it's branches over both rooftops and dropped what seemed like hundreds of green…

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Spicy Watermelon Salad with Tequila Dressing

Spicy Watermelon Salad With Tequila Dressing

"Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take you to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama! Key Largo, Montego, baby why don't we go...." Are you singing along?  C'mon! It's SUMMER!!!  Time to slip off your shoes, dig your toes in the sand and let the Beach Boys take us away... "Ooh…

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The Art Institute – Culinary Program!

The Art Institute – Culinary Program!

Have you ever wanted to go to Culinary School? Do you dream of knowing how to make a Pate A Choux?  Daydream of whipping up a Béchamel Sauce or Demi-Glace to go with dinner? Wish you had mad knife skills and could slice and dice through things as effortlessly as…

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Classic Potato Salad

Classic Potato Salad

Hi friends! Today, I'm bringing you a classic potato salad.  This simple salad is great stuffed into baby bell peppers and served as a side dish for your summer BBQ's, holiday picnics or family gatherings!  I mean, who doesn't love potato salad?  Well, aside from my adorable husband, who doesn't…

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Zen Meditation Breakfast Rice Pudding!

Zen Meditation Breakfast Rice Pudding!

Hi Friends! In a week, I will be basking in the humidity that is summer in Chicago. Right now though, I'm thoroughly enjoying our Southern California "June Gloom."  If you are not familiar with June Gloom, it's a condition where it's cool and cloudy in the mornings, then the clouds…

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Chef Cycle – Team No Kid Hungry!

Chef Cycle – Team No Kid Hungry!

Hi friends! If you've followed my blog for any length of time at all, you know I'm a huge supporter of No Kid Hungry and I'm very proud to be part of their blogger team! Summer vacations have started here in Southern California. A lot of kids are excited to…

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Roasted Potato Wedges

Roasted Potato Wedges

The Great Potato Project of 2015 continues!  This time, I'm roasting potato wedges to go with some backyard BBQ.  Roasting potatoes is easy and much healthier than frying.  Though we know, deep in my heart, there is a fondness for all things battered and fried, we *are* striving to be…

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Coconut Champagne Frosting

Coconut Champagne Frosting

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present my Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Coconut Champagne Frosting and Raspberry Jam! There's something  a bit whimsical about whoopie pies. I don't know what it is, but they make me smile. Plus it's hard to resist the combination of chocolate, champagne and raspberries. Toss a little…

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