Oct06

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting (Just Desserts Challenge)

Oh goodness, this is our second Top Chef Just Desserts Elimination Challenge … Challenge! On the last episode of Top Chef Just Desserts the cheftestants were challenged to create bake sale goodies.  I love bake sale goodies, as my thighs will attest, so I was all in on this one.  Bake sale treats are meant to be homey, but that does not mean they are simple. Since the air has suddenly become crisp (I know it can’t last, it...

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Oct01

Carrot, Cardamom and Coconut Soup

I always carry with me a book I call my ‘Inspiration Book’. This is the place where I jot down ideas, or flavors, so when I get back to my home kitchen I remember what it was, exactly, that inspired me.  This little book has served me well, and it is directly responsible for this soup.  When my husband and I were off at IFBC last month we took a little side trip into Vancouver, BC.  I had never been to Canada and it was...

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Sep21

Breakfast Bread Pudding

What happens when you combine breakfast and dessert? Answer: Magic!  I had actually been contemplating the breakfast/dessert idea for a while.  What spurred me into action was the email from the folks at FoodBuzz to let us know that Nature’s Pride would be holding their Bread Ambassador program again.  Nature’s Pride will select a few lucky bloggers to get a free trip to the FoodBuzz Festival this year and to present their...

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Sep05

Smoked Salmon Pasta

When you have the best ingredients you do not need to do much to make them shine. While in Seattle for IFBC I picked up some lovely Alder Smoked Salmon.  On its own it is fantastic.  One subtly smoked, tender taste had me happily handing over my cash.  Once I got it home I decided to find some fun ways to turn this delicious snack into a full blown dinner.   I was looking for something akin to my favorite smoked salmon nibble –...

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Aug16

Chocolate Dipped Lime Cardamom Cookies

When it is hot out I find lime to be most refreshing. Even in cookie form, lime flavored treats seem to taste the best when the temperature outside starts to soar.  We are in the middle of a heat wave in the Dallas area, so I am all about refreshing at the moment.  Since I was making cookies with lime I decided to add a little cardamom to the cookies.  The floral citrus flavor of cardamom punches up both the flavor and the aroma of...

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