Summer Chicken Soup with Yellow Squash, Corn, Kale, Avocado

July 18, 2014
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Each Spring and each Fall, I take all of my clothes out of my closet and replace them with the current season. It disturbs me to no end to see a winter scarf in July, or a bathing suit in December. The summer down comforter goes on the bed an winter one is boxed and […]

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Fried Green Tomatoes, Black Pepper Herbed Biscuits and the Asheville Food & Wine Festival

July 13, 2014
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I’ve been invited to attend the Asheville Food & Wine Festival in August. There are three big days of events, starting Thursday night, August 21st and ending Saturday, August 23rd at the Grand Tasting. Attend one or all thee events. Asheville is gaining such a reputation for food and is one of the key cities […]

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Lattice Crust Pie Made with Fresh Bing and Rainier Cherries

July 11, 2014
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July is one of my favorite months of the year. Summer fruits make me sing songs and bake pies on a daily basis. Peaches, berries and cherries accompany long, sunny days where people are in good moods, only made sweeter by pies, cobblers and crisps. July is the month I’m happy to turn my oven […]

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American Pie with Blueberries, Raspberries, Stars and Stripes

July 5, 2014
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I know that July 4th has passed, but I still had to share this pie. After all, you can still make it; there’s no need to wait for next year, and it’s a great reminder that cookie cutters are your friend when it comes to pie dough. In a few minutes, an ordinary fruit pie […]

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July 4th Summer Food for Thought, Freedom to Write

July 4, 2014
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Today is considered one of the more pleasant and fun holidays in America. This freedom we exercise today didn’t come easily or harmoniously. There were intense arguments when the Constitution was written. Freedom never comes easily. The fighting was fierce, even amongst men who basically wanted the same thing. As I sit at with my […]

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Flourless Mexican Chocolate Cake with Meringue Topping

July 2, 2014
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This flourless Mexican Chocolate Cake with a Meringue Topping was the winner of a recent dinner party that I didn’t really want to have because I didn’t want the event to happen. It was in honor of a friend and a neighbor who quickly, less than 30 days quickly, packed her entire house and moved […]

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Sunset Grill in Hillsboro Village, a Nashville Restaurant

July 1, 2014
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The Sunset Grill opened it doors in 1990, and at the time was considered trendsetting, new, fresh, something different for Nashville. I’m happy to say the food is terrific, and I think they’ve gotten better as they’ve gotten older. The first time I ate at the Sunset Grill, I was still living in California. That […]

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Kale Biscuits Sandwich with Bacon, Beets and Blue Cheese Mayonnaise

June 28, 2014
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The Creative Cooking Crew challenged us this month to a triple-Decker sandwich and that is how kale biscuits with bacon, beets and blue cheese was born. The whole idea of a triple decker sandwich takes me back to childhood, deli’s, and club sandwiches. Club sandwiches always had bacon, and usually turky and tomato, three pieces […]

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Panzanella, Ruffled Eggs, Tabasco Maple Vinaigrette

June 27, 2014
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This is Italian meets French. Panzanella is an Italian bread salad, typically rustic, rough and rugged,  while the ruffled egg is French, dainty, cute, like a little purse. I used a French imported brioche to make the bread salad which added an unique sweetness to the dish, countered by a spicy vinaigrette. The flavors are […]

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Swordfish Milanese with Eggplant Sauce with Tabasco

June 26, 2014
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This is Dish number 4 of the  five dishes made this week for the Tabasco 10 Ingredient Challenge, which you can read about here. This is a tasty dish, so easy to make, yet so impressive and full of flavor. I can only use a combination of these ten ingredients. This was the very first […]

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