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Crab and Shrimp Salad with Curry-Chutney Dressing

August 15, 2017

This crab and shrimp salad is a winner — according to my husband Robert and several of our friends! My friend Diane Reeder thought it would be fun for the two of us to cook together, so one summer evening, she invited Robert and me over for dinner. I asked Diane if we could make… Read more »

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Cheesecake Squares

August 9, 2017

Growing up, everyone loved Mom’s Cheesecake Squares. Unfortunately, the recipe was lost somewhere during the process of compiling my first cookbook A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®. Both mom and I thought it was important to include the recipe in our book, so I set out to recreate it. After some online research along with a few experiments,… Read more »

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Southwestern Grilled Chicken with Peppers and Onions

August 2, 2017

I love the flavors in Tex-Mex fajitas – grilled protien (meat, poultry or shrimp) combined with grilled onions and peppers and served with tortillas, guacamole, cheese and sour cream. One day I decided to create a dish that captured the basic flavors in fajitas into a healthier, more elegant dish – that is, without the… Read more »

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Veggie Fries with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

June 25, 2017

Veggie Fries with Lemon-Garlic Aioli are a wonderful alternative to French fries. Large Portobello mushroom and zucchini wedges are dusted with flour, dipped in beaten egg,  coated with a mixture of Italian breadcrumbs and fresh Parmesan cheese, and then fried until crispy and golden brown. They pair beautifully with a lemon and garlic spiked aioli… Read more »

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Chicken and Orzo Salad with Peanut Dressing

June 12, 2017

This chicken and orzo salad is super quick and super easy to prepare – and is super delicious, too! While the orzo is cooking, I chop the roast chicken, green onions, cilantro and jalapeño pepper. Then, while the pasta is cooling, I whisk up the deeply flavorful dressing – comprised of soy sauce, peanut butter,… Read more »

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Goat Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Crostini

May 16, 2017

These little crostini bites are colorful, beautiful and super easy to prepare. Festive red tomatoes top vibrant green pesto, making the dish bright and appealing. As always, the quality of the ingredients is the key to this simple recipe. When tomatoes aren’t in season, I substitute grape or cherry tomatoes for the romas, as the… Read more »

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Rack of Lamb with Nut Crust

April 28, 2017

I love lamb, especially rack of lamb. It really is very easy to make and so impressive at a dinner party. The key is to make sure that the racks are “frenched” or “trimmed” – it will cook better, and look better. So, what is frenched or trimmed rack of lamb? Basically, it’s removing all… Read more »

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Berry Cream Parfaits

March 22, 2017

I love these Berry Cream Parfaits because they are super delicious, super quick & easy to prepare, and super impressive. They take only 10 minutes to put together! Simply blend cream cheese, crème fraiche (or sour cream), lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon. Then layer the cheese mixture with fresh berries in a fun glass and,… Read more »

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Quick Eggplant and Mushroom Pappardelle

February 28, 2017

My fabulous, smart, handsome, supportive husband, Robert also loves to cook. (Yes, he is pretty perfect!) Robert’s maternal grandparents came from Italy and he grew up enjoying big traditional Italian Sunday dinners at his Uncle Billy’s house. When he’s in the kitchen, Robert channels his Italian roots, crafting great pasta dishes – always without a… Read more »

Seafood Phyllo Bundles with Creole Mustard Sauce

February 20, 2017

These make-ahead Seafood Phyllo Bundles are packed with flavor, scrumptious and impressive to serve.  Shrimp and crab are seasoned with the “holy trinity of Cajun cooking” (onions, bell peppers and celery) and Old Bay, mixed together with cream cheese and then wrapped in a delicate phyllo pastry. As if that isn’t enough, these delectable bundles… Read more »

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