Jan18

Orange Chicken with Fried Rice

Growing up I despised what I knew as Chinese food. What we always got was greasy, over breaded, over sauced American take-out Chinese food.  It was terrible.  This aversion became a fairly serious problem for me when I was first invited over to my future mother-in-law’s house for dinner.  She is from Taiwan and was going to make us home-cooked Chinese food for dinner.  I was distraught.  I hated Chinese food, but I did not want...

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Jan15

Chocolate Swirl Pound Cake

When I was a child swirled pound cake was an utter mystery to me. I wondered how they were able to get the chocolate batter to make such intricate designs in the finished cake.  Now that I am older I understand that the oven does nearly all the swirling because as the cake bakes the batter shifts and swirls naturally.  Just like snow flakes, they are all unique.  So, maybe the mystery is solved, but I must admit I still get a little...

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Jan13

Pasta with Zinfandel Tomato Sauce and Ricotta

Don’t you just love meals you can make in the snap, but taste like you cooked all day? I work three part-time jobs at the moment (long story) and I also attend culinary school at night, so I understand and adore quick meals that do not taste quick.  What makes this pasta sauce so tasty is the addition of a little zinfandel.  Now, we are not talking that prissy white zinfandel (and if you like that wine, sorry!), we are talking a...

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Jan12

Watch Out NYC! Evil Shenanigans is Comin’!

Big news kids!!  I am going to New York City!      I was selected, along with 14 other FoodBuzz Featured Publishers, to attend a special event in New York City sponsored by Electrolux to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer for The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund!  We also get to meet Kelly Ripa and have a special cake decorating class with a pastry chef!!   I am flattered and honored to be participating in this event and helping...

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Jan11

Banana and Chocolate Mascarpone Crepes

The combination of chocolate and banana is highly underrated.   Aside from some frozen bananas dipped in chocolate, and chocolate chip banana bread, the combination is largely overlooked.  Well, break out your bananas because we are going to make something that will make chocolate lovers rejoice.    The crepes are chocolate but they do not have any sugar in them.  Before you say I am mad consider that the crepes are going to be filled...

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