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Bring Back The Cheese Ball

Remember the holiday nut encrusted cheese ball sitting majestically on a throne of Bibb lettuce and surrounded by crackers? It’s back and looking ever so hip with new flavor nuances. I like to ratch up the flavor with dried fruits like figs and apricots but cranberr…

Five Ways To Use Acorn Squash

I am partial to Italian squashes that I grow in my garden like the ones shown here but Acorn is a favorite too and I have come to challenge myself as to how to cook it so it is not always the same ho hum dish. So here are five favorite ways to use it: 1)   …

Biscotti Bonanza

Biscotti are the perfect gift for Santa Claus and your holiday table and the best part is that from one basic dough, an array of different biscotti can be made ahead of time without much effort. From one dough you can make almond biscotti, mixed dried fruit biscotti, whit…

Kale Minestrone

The world seems to be in love with all thinks kale and I am guilty as well. This week I harvested the remaining kale in the garden. In coming blogs I will share what I did with them. The soup below is a kale minestrone soup that just kept growing as I added things from th…

Turkey Talk

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I am in the kitchen many days before making preparations so the celebration dinner runs as smoothly as possible. Not everyone is a fan of dark meat so on our table, this year, the traditional turkey has given way to a butterflied and s…