The Very Best Caramel Sauce

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A little patience and lots of sugar, that's what the Very Best Caramel Sauce is made of. Sugar is melted down until it becomes a deep amber color then combined with butter, heavy cream and a hint of vanilla to create the ultimate treat topper on the planet. Who visited their local farm stand this weekend?  (Me...I'm raising my hand.) Did you notice what's happening there?  The transition has begun...that time of year when we straddle summer and fall with all the glorious bounty that … [Read more...]

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

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Smooth cold brew coffee is easier to make than you think. You can make cold brew coffee in a mason jar overnight for a refreshing caffeine boost the next day.  Less acidic, sweet and addicting....you'll be sipping this long into the cooler fall months.   I'm sure you all have heard the cry from one of your friends......"Must.Have.Cold.Brew."  I see it pretty frequently from a couple of my Facebook friends and I always see it featured on Instagram.  Those lucky dogs.  I say this … [Read more...]

How to Make Simple Syrup

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A key ingredient in many cocktails and coffee drinks, Simple Syrup is a kitchen staple.  Just two ingredients, a few minutes on the stovetop and you have one secret ingredient for all your cool beverages. This is silly....sharing how to make simple syrup with all of you.  But really, who likes little sugar granules floating around in the bottom of their iced tea or martini.  Not to mention the waves of sweet and not so sweet when sucking your drink up through a straw.  And there are a few … [Read more...]

The Very Best White Sandwich Bread

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Soft and fluffy with a chewy crust, this is the Very Best White Sandwich Bread recipe ever.  Fragrant slices have a buttery crumb and are the best surface for slathering on some PB&J.   We had a few cool days before this sweaty heat wave rolled in where I was ready to bust out my leather boots and wool sweaters.  I think the temp reached a frigid 79 degrees for the high one day and I was, literally, wrapped up in a faux-fur blanket thinking of snowflakes and holiday decor.  I was … [Read more...]

Italian Pressed Picnic Sandwich

Pressed Italian Sandwich

No worries about smashing this sandwich, pack it at the bottom of the cooler and load it up.  This Italian Pressed Picnic Sandwich is stuffed with italian meats, cheeses and spreads.  Held together by a crusty Ciabatta loaf, this is a definite crowd pleaser. You know what I despise?  A crushed beyond recognition sandwich.  I try my best to pack things in lunches that can take a bit of a beating.  PB&J on white bread? No go, they always end up a sticky, gooey mess if it's not stowed in … [Read more...]

Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Bites

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Creamy vanilla ice cream tops a fudge brownie base then is topped with warm hot fudge sauce, whipped cream and a cherry creating a fun mini dessert.  Easy to make, Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Bites are perfect for a crowd and are little bits of heaven. I have a confession.  I did something that I never, ever, ever do and it ended up consuming my entire day.  The WHOLE day...like from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM.  It was a complete accident and now...it's a bit of an addiction.  I binge watched … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

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Marinated chicken breasts, peppers and onions, grilled quickly and served with corn tortillas make a great weeknight dinner option.  So easy to make and with minimal mess, they are simply the BEST chicken fajitas ever. Have you seen them?  The back to school commercials?  They're starting to pop up here and there during your weekly binge-watching sessions of all things Bravo TV.  Everyone's talking about it and it's going to happen soon...kids everywhere are going back to school and I can … [Read more...]

French Dip Burger with Havarti, Swiss and Bourbon Fried Onions

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Take your burger to another level at your next cookout!  The French Dip Burger with Havarti, Swiss and Bourbon Fried Onions is served with a horseradish sauce and savory beef broth much like the classic French Dip Sandwich.  Juicy and flavorful, this is one for the record books. I live with a bunch of picky eaters.  And I can never keep track of their long lists of dislikes because they're constantly changing.  The little guy doesn't like anything anymore, despite being a pretty amazing … [Read more...]

Red Wine Berry Parfaits with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese

Red Wine Berry Parfait with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese

An easy and elegant dessert that is an excellent ending to a summer dinner party or cookout. Red Wine Berry Parfaits can be made in advance and is easily doubled, tripled or quadrupled to accommodate your growing guest list. After my long days in the kitchen whipping up crazy concoctions for all of you, my lovely internet friends...I like to pop the cork on a bottle of cabernet to celebrate.  This is a daily occurrence and the wine consumption varies depending on how long I've been in the … [Read more...]

Strawberry Coconut Margarita Popsicles

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Tropical, fruity margaritas frozen into cool, refreshing treats.  Strawberry Coconut Margarita Popsicles will be the hit of any summer party and are a fantastic way to beat the heat.  Slightly boozy and made with fresh strawberries, they are a little bit healthy too...I think. A few summers ago, I discovered the Fresh Strawberry Coconut Margarita from Jessica at How Sweet It Is.  They are a creamy and addicting concoction with the consistency of a smoothie...a boozy smoothie but less icy. … [Read more...]