Dec 1, 2016
by Inger
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White Peppermint Bark Martini (& Notes from the Martini Lab)

What’s more fun than a holiday dinner?  How about a holiday dinner that includes a martini lab?  This year, with daughters home early (hooray!) for Thanksgiving, I invited over my sister-in-law and put a ham in the oven.  After a casual dinner, we set to mixing up holiday martinis, including the White Peppermint Bark Martini featured today. 

White Peppermint Bark Martini

White Peppermint Bark Martini

Now this isn’t the first time I’ve mixed up martinis for a crowd.  Years ago, I hosted a chocolate martini party outdoors on a lovely summer evening.  My mother had remarried and I decided to invite her new husband’s family over to get better acquainted. A couple hours later the (figurative) ice was broken.  What a great way to begin new relationships!   Continue Reading →

Nov 27, 2016
by Inger
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Easy Gluten Free Molasses Cookies

Have you jumped on the gluten free bandwagon?  Or perhaps you have friends or family who have? While I eat almost anything, I know so many people who are gluten free.  And doesn’t everyone deserve fun foods like these Gluten Free Molasses Cookies? 

Easy Gluten Free Molasses Cookies

Easy Gluten Free Molasses Cookies

I previously made some delicious One Flour Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies.  But my adventures aren’t ending there.  When you go to a CSA party–full of people who eat healthy, you can bring home a lot of great recipes!  Continue Reading →

Nov 23, 2016
by Inger
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Love and Gourmet Chicken Tenders

Tis the season to be… frantically busy.  Okay, most of us don’t even need holidays for that.  So, I was excited to receive a promotional shipment of a quick and tasty product like Gold’n Plump Chicken Shakers.  And so was my husband (more on that later).   

Gold'n Plump Chicken Shakers

Gold’n Plump Chicken Shakers

Never heard of Chicken Shakers?  It is a new product that I would describe as “gourmet chicken tenders.”  Tender, quality breast meat topped with spiced bread crumbs (I am the first person to go “eeeuuuww” over untrimmed meat).  Fresh, almost no work and cooks in just 15 minutes.      Continue Reading →

Nov 20, 2016
by Inger
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Southwest Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

I love pumpkin soups.  But after a while they start to look the same.  Pumpkin with curry, pumpkin with coconut, pumpkin with curry and coconut…  Why not one with a Southwest flair? Pumpkin Black Bean Soup? 

Southwest Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Southwest Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Since I started taking some classes this fall, I am trying to cook… compactly.  That is, can I make a dish that is simple, but has it all together (that is, protein, veggies & starch).  Of course it has to have great flavor too!   Continue Reading →

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