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Cocktails
Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Chocolate Peppermint Martini 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted (you can do this in the microwave or use a double boiler)½ cup peppermint candy, crushed in a food processor or crushed in a Ziplock bag with a mallet4 oz. Peppermint Schnapps4 oz. Godiva Chocolate...

THE FLIRTING WITH FLAVORS MANGO-RITA

THE FLIRTING WITH FLAVORS MANGO-RITA

Have you ever had a drink at a bar and desperately wished you could make it at home? I do all the time! The good news is that restaurant-quality drinks are not something you can't make at home. I've learned that most bartenders are fabulously helpful in telling you...

PERFECT POMEGRANATE MARTINI FOR THE HOLIDAYS

PERFECT POMEGRANATE MARTINI FOR THE HOLIDAYS

You all know how much I LOVE to entertain, but this time of year is a little extra special. I shift into high gear and go all out with my gold decor and menu planning! For those of you looking to entertain for the holidays, I always recommend coming up with a...

Hors D’Oeuvres
Indulge Yourself With My Deviled Eggs and Caviar, Two Ways

Indulge Yourself With My Deviled Eggs and Caviar, Two Ways

How many of you grew up eating deviled eggs? To me, deviled eggs are all kinds of nostalgic and they bring back memories of growing up in Texas. This one-bite appetizer is decadent, but barely takes up any time in the kitchen. What's not to like?! As you're planning...

You Need This Cold Soup In Your Recipe Repertoire

You Need This Cold Soup In Your Recipe Repertoire

It might be fall, but there's still plenty of time to serve a cold soup as your starter! Since I'm still living out in Watermill, surrounded by so many gorgeous farm stands, I can't help but crave healthy dishes that showcase all of the raw local produce. I'm...

Entrées
CRUNCHY CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD

CRUNCHY CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD

Cooking for my friends is one of my favorite things to do! There are a couple of staple dishes that I love to make for small events or casual parties. My Chinese chicken salad is up there as one of those repeat dishes that my friends always ask for. I have fun working...

Desserts
Zucchini-Walnut Muffins with a Twist of Lemon

Zucchini-Walnut Muffins with a Twist of Lemon

    Zucchini-Walnut Muffins with a Twist of Lemon Solid vegetable shortening, for the baking pans2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt¾ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg3 large eggs, at room...

Extra-Spicy Gingersnaps

Extra-Spicy Gingersnaps

  Extra-Spicy Gingersnaps Solid vegetable shortening, for the cookie sheets, plus ¼ cup shortening2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking powder2 teaspoons ground ginger1 teaspoon ground cinnamon½ teaspoon dry mustard½ teaspoon ground white pepper½...

Walnut Brownies U.S.A.

Walnut Brownies U.S.A.

  Walnut Brownies U.S.A. Solid vegetable shortening, for the pan 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter 2 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon packed dark-brown sugar 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract ⅛...

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