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Artichoke Dip

In a posting a few days ago, I mentioned my love of artichokes. Thus, I could not resist posting about these “European Style” artichokes I bought the other day. They are easily the largest artichokes I have even seen, let alone eaten.

And I ate …

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Artichokes

I love artichokes and always look forward to their first appearance in the stores. They’ve been around of a while at this point, and I’ve been steadily munching my way through them each week. I like to boil or steam them and pluck off the leaves one by one. My …

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6 Must-Make Sweet & Savory Memorial Day Dishes

Tomato Tarte Tatin

Memorial Day is often considered to be the start of the summer grilling season. It comes right near the end of the school year and it is the time when the whether really starts to warm up all over the country. A backyard barbecue is a must to kick off the season …

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Hummus and Pita Chips

Homemade Hummus and Pita Chips

You can never have too many snack foods when you’re planning a party, whether it is just a couple of friends coming over for a drink or a big group of people coming over to watch the big game. I always have plenty of desserts on hand, but I also have lots …

What is acidulated water?

Acidulated Water

Acidulated water is water that an acid has been added to it, usually lemon juice, lime juice or vinegar. Citric acid and ascorbic acid can also be used. The water is used to prevent the cut skin of fruits and vegetables from browning when they are exposed to air. Recipes often call …

Cooking with Flowers

Cooking with FlowersFlowers are stunning additions to your garden, but they can also be tasty treats to serve up in your kitchen. There are many flowers that we regularly eat, including artichokes, broccoli and cauliflower, but there is a rainbow of colorful, edible flowers out there that can be a fun addition to your cooking and …

Wine at Starbucks: A Starbucks Evenings visit

Starbucks Evenings
Starbucks is a coffee shop, so it was a surprise to me to learn that some of their locations are now serving wine in a program called Starbucks Evenings. As part of the program, these stores serve a variety of wines and small plates dishes after 4pm. The idea is …

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Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onion and Pancetta Pizza

GCOP pizza
An Italian restaurant that is not too far from my neighborhood makes a pizza that they call The GCOP. This pizza may have a funny name, but it has a lot of fans. The GCOP stands for goat cheese, caramelized onions and pancetta. I’ve never been sure whether the “c” in the name …