Holiday Season

Simple summer fresh sweet treat

Summer berries, fresh whipped cream, and vanilla cake That is what we crave in the heat.  Nature provides these gorgeous berries throughout the season.   Combine that with a simple vanilla cake and whipped cream to add the sensation of full-bodied flavor, sweetness and texture. The one, two, threes…it is

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The Isle of Capri, layered in a chicken breast

Gratefully I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel to some of the most luxurious locations in the world (trust me, my journeys have just begun!). Treasured ingredients offered in each unique location become another grain of sand on my “culinary beach”. Each experience building my palette, my appreciation and

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Sushi At Home–Yes You Can!

Sushi.  I crave it at time.  The flavors, so fresh, intrigue my palette.   Going out for sushi dinner is one of my favorite meals out.   One of my dear friends is a Japanese Sushi Master, he’s taught me a few tricks to create these same healthy tastes at

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As we approach and enter the official “holiday season”, there is an excitement that builds.  The lights are so twinkling and festive, it’s like our insides do cartwheels.  As the parties and gatherings get planned, we want everything to be the best this year.  Food, family and friends!  The three “F’s” that we build our festival upon.

We give careful thought and care into creating food with flair.  Maybe a new recipe or ingredient, maybe a new platter or technique, all done with the expectation that someone is going to recognize our efforts and appreciate them.

We also, dream up visions of family getting along, all annoyances of previous years are buried and forgotten.  This year is going to be different.

Well, if you’ve lived as I have, you may still fall head first into these dreamlike fairy tale visions.

When the day arrives and your experimental dish caused you to “stress out”, you’re tired from cooking and cleaning yet excited to see everyone.  Just then, the doorbell rings, people show up and you find yourself interested in everyone.  There might even be an old wounded relationship or sensitive issue brought up that feels healed and resolved.  That family you grew up with can touch you in youthful ways and silly, light hearted emotions may result, creating an evening of l;aughter and joy.

Eat your food, the one you created, close your eyes, and tell yourself how amazing you are!!!

Because you are!  And most importantly, Christmas is about people and good times shared, sometimes only once a year!

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