Field of Greens Salad

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Field of Greens Salad with Mustard-Maple VinaigretteThis is a beautiful salad.  It positively screams “Spring”!  It’s green…really green.  And it has texture, as well as a velvety quality from the lettuces.  The Mustard-Maple Vinaigrette is the perfect dressing for the salad.  Continue reading

Mustard-Maple Vinaigrette

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Mustard-Maple Vinaigrette This is a nice little vinaigrette to have in your fridge.  It’s spring-y and wonderful and just perfect to dress the deliciously spring-filled Field of Greens Salad.  It’s darn decent drizzled over roasted or grilled asparagus, too.  Continue reading

Baked Chicken Breasts with Mojito Sauce

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Baked Chicken Breasts with Mojito SauceI’m sorry I haven’t posted anything recently, but my trusty laptop crashed.  I couldn’t believe it, but such is life.  So I have a new laptop and I’m up and running again, so I promise to make it up to you.  And this recipe is the perfect way to begin.  The mojito is a staple Cuban libation.  This sauce is a keeper, even for those that think they aren’t crazy about mint.   Continue reading

Guava Glazed Sweet Potato Wedges with Walnuts

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Guava Glazed Sweet Potato Wedges with WalnutsThese are just so delicious and deliciously easy.  They are slightly unusual, in so much that they have decidedly tropical flavors.  Guava is sweet, but with a nice little tang that works really well with sweet potatoes.  Continue reading

Glazes, Wet and Dry!

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Gloriously Glazed PorkGlazes can make a piece of meat or poultry.  Since we’re looking at Easter (and this may work for a Passover lamb, too), I thought I might pass on a couple of simple glaze options for ham, pork or lamb.  Truth be told, these could work well with turkey, too, but you’re on own, as I haven’t tried that…yet!  Continue reading

Savory Layered Sweet Potatoes

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Savory Layered Sweet PotatoesSweet potatoes are a nice change of pace and they shouldn’t be relegated to being served as just a Thanksgiving side dish.  And savory is the way to go, as sweet potatoes are sweet enough…you know, like The Goddess!  Continue reading

Portugal – Mafra

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Palácio de Mafra - PortugalThe Palácio de Mafra (Palace of Mafra) is just plain amazing.  It consists of the palace, as well as the Convento de Mafra (Mafra Convent), the Basílica de Nossa Senhora e de São António and a magnificent library.  This incredible building, a monument to baroque architecture, is one of the largest buildings constructed in the early 18th century, and is a candidate for classification as a UNESCO sight. Continue reading

Creamy Herb, Garlic and Lemon Spread

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Creamy Herb, Garlic and Lemon SpreadI love Boursin™ cheese, and I make a pretty decent facsimile, Almost Boursin Cheese Spread (Almost!) in a previous post.  So anyway, I was sitting, sipping and musing.  Goddesses do that sometimes.  You should try it.  The things one thinks up…and this was one of those things.  Continue reading

Cuban-Style Black Beans à la Pressure Cooker – Part 2

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Cuban-Style Black Beans à la Pressure Cooker, UnsoakedFirst of all, you’re going to need to read through the recipe for Cuban-Style Black Beans à la Pressure Cooker, because I’m not going to give you a recipe, because it’s the same.  This is about technique and cooking times, using the pressure cooker feature on my multi-cooker…it’s a wonder, I tell ya’…. Continue reading