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Almond Biscoff Cookies

February 18, 2018

Biscoff

~ Mary ~
It was a cookie baking extravaganza this past holiday season, and these were dubbed the all-around winner.
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Cranberry Cookies

January 23, 2018

Cranberry Shortbread

~ Mary ~
It was a cookie baking extravaganza this past holiday season, and these beauties at the top of my list. They appeared to me through the StarTribune in this article. The bit of cayenne in these beauties truly sets them apart, I suggest not serving them with any other cookie or dessert – they need to stand alone in their uniqueness.
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White Lightning Chili

January 4, 2018

Chili

~ Mary ~

We celebrated New Year’s day with a chili bar and the movie “American Made” a real rip-snorter!  I’ve been making this chili since the ’90’s and everyone who has it would like the recipe. It started as a vegetarian chili – you can see the original that’s pasted in my recipe journal, in the photo below. I believe it originated from one of the Silver Palate cookbooks. Read more…

Gingerbread House

December 10, 2017

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~ Mary ~


For a couple of Christmases I was invited to make Gingerbread Houses with my ‘adopted’ nieces (I claimed them as blood relatives because they are so awesome!). It was a lot of fun, until we all outgrew the novelty- it’s an extremely time consuming project that takes more than one day to complete. We did have a lot of laughs, and I wanted to make sure that if we were ever crazy enough to do it again – the recipe would be here in safe keeping.

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Summer Salad

July 17, 2017

Summer Salad

~ Mary ~

This delightful salad has been a saving grace this summer. When I am in no mood, or don’t have enough time, to put dinner on the table – this is it. The big plus is that, as long as I keep all the ingredients on hand, it is effortless and comes off so beautiful that it looks like I cared and seems almost indulgent. Yeah me!

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Fresh Margaritas

June 22, 2017

Limes

~ Mary ~


If you hadn’t noticed – there’s a theme going on here. The last three posts have all been geared for you to plan a successful Tex-Mex get together with a few of your closest friends. So go pick yourself up a bag of limes from Costco and get to it!

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Best Guacamole

May 28, 2017

Guac

~ Mary ~

There’s nothing like good guacamole and corn tortilla chips. The key to making it notable is a sturdy chip and never running out. Lets face it, by the time any of us get around to actually making a batch, we may as well make a bucket full and have everyone dig in! Read more…