Monthly Archives: December 2010

Classic Cocktail Recipes for New Year’s Eve

CLASSIC COCKTAIL RECIPES FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE If you imbibe responsibly on New Year’s Eve and you are looking for something other than champagne, here is a list of classic drink recipes that never go out of style. If you … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve for Four- Part 2-Moroccan Roasted Butternut Squash and Sticky Toffee Cake with Butterscotch Sauce

Yesterday, I posted a dinner menu for four for New Year’s Eve. Here, as promised, the following 2 recipes to complete the meal. Do ahead and delicious, these recipes round out the menu with International flavors. You can make the … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve for Four : Part 1-Lamb Chops with Balsamic Reduction

Eating in with Style for New Year’s Eve This is a 2 part series of a New Year’s Dinner Menu for 4. It can easily be doubled or tripled to accommodate more friends. I have found that New Year’s Dinners … Continue reading

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Readers’s Request- Italian Giardiniera Relish

This recipe is the result of a request from a reader. I encourage readers to post if you have a particular interest in a technique or recipe. I love a culinary challenge so don’t be afraid to ask. Giardiniera is … Continue reading

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Holiday Rituals Chicago Style

Everybody has at least one or two rituals for the holidays. Families and friends have annual parties, gift openings, buffets and special things they do year after year to make the holiday official. It has occurred to me that I … Continue reading

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A taste of the tropics to celebrate winter solstice

This is the time of the year when I like to retreat to the Southern Hemisphere. Luckily, I have family relatives in Australia, so I have a reason to go besides eating. Every couple of years I visit down under … Continue reading

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Barley Is A Star For Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday is a great way to explore new foods Barley is sometimes an unsung hero of the cereal world. As an incredibly versatile member of the grass family, It pairs well with beef but is getting some attention as … Continue reading

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Local Treasure: Great Lakes English Toffee Run

I am always looking for a good  excuse to go up Minnesota’s Northshore Culinary Highway. This fall I stumbled upon the Great! Lakes Candy Kitchen and went back with the TV cameras to film them in action. I have now … Continue reading

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Chocolate Truffles- A Gift From The Heart

They say that the gift of food is a gift from the heart. This theory drives me every holiday season to create something delicious. Go big or go home is my motto when it comes to making holiday foods to … Continue reading

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Entertaining at Home: Salmon and Wild Rice Cakes

Take a walk on the wild side with this new twist on a old favorite During the holidays, I always like to have a few small dinner parties with friends to catch up on what’s happening before the holiday rush … Continue reading

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