New Years – The Long Hello, Smoked Salmon Blinis with Crème Fraîche and Dill, and Goat Cheese Truffles

New Years Spread

Christmas is over, and I’d say it’s no time to get soft, except that’s kinda the name of the game this time of year.

How bout, “It’s no time to slow down.”  At least in the kitchen.

Enter – my mini collection of 3 recipes perfect for you New Year’s Eve table.  A cocktail, blinis, and goat cheese truffles.

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Tequila Lime Cranberry Sauce

Tequila Lime Cranberry Sauce

The bright burgundy hue.  The gelatinous cylindrical form.  The sexy little can indents.

You know what Thanksgiving treat I speak of… The ever-popular Ocean-Spray cranberry “sauce.”

I believe strongly, that this belongs on every Turkey Day table – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t space for an alternative – to play along side.

A grown-up version perhaps.  Like say, with tequila and jalapenos!

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Creamy Saffron Tagliatelle with Corn

Creamy Saffron Tagliatelle with Corn

Confession – I’ve been hoarding a lovely little jar of saffron for ages, almost afraid to use her – her pretty threads just lying in wait.  Until today!  Today is the first time I’ve used saffron, ever, and like most amazing spices, I can see why men traveled for months to procure it, used it as currency, etc., and why it’s still so darned expensive!

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Cornbread Salad

Cornbread Salad

Hoping this post finds you enjoying your holiday weekend –  you know, flags flying, beer flowing, endless tables of delicious eats!

If your celebrating continues into the weekend, have I got a dish for you.  This is one of those dishes that has been around for ages, the origin is unknown, everyone has a different take on it, but, it, without a doubt, belongs on every picnic table.

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Supreme Pizza Pasta Salad & THE SUMMER OF GIVEAWAYS!

Supreme Pizza Pasta Salad

The people have spoken!  Well some of you have spoken, but you’re my people, and that’s all the counts.  General consensus seems to be that we need more non-mayo recipes in our summertime arsenal… so I listened!

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Sweet & Sassy Bourbon Baked Beans

Bourbon Baked Beans

“I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.”  That’s what I was starting to feel like every time I checked the site.  Four years of the same, and beginning to look to me like an old study, I could practically smell the musty books.

So don’t be alarmed – this is still your beloved site, just wearing her Summer clothes, with a bit of light and air added.  I’ve been planning and wanting to revamp the site for ages, and while this is not what I had in mind, until the real site can be revealed, I had to make a change.

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Creamy Potato Salad with Radishes, Lemon & Dill

Creamy Potato Salad with Radishes, Lemon & Dill

Fresh dill is quickly climbing my list of “add to all food.”  It’s threatening mayo, but not yet overtaking her, that’s probably impossible.  I love that bright, earthy taste that dill adds to dishes, and is one of the reasons that this version of our beloved summer staple, potato salad, is one of my favs.

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