Sweet Potato-Tomato and Bean Chili

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As you know, The Goddess does vegetables, but not really into the vegetarian thing.  She loves her burgers, chicken and pork!  But, sometimes a person needs to get outside their little world and wander a bit.  This is what happens when she wanders off the beaten path…. Continue reading

Herb Salt

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This is one of those wonderful seasoning blends that you’ll use on all sorts of things.  Herb Salt makes pretty much everything taste better, particularly potatoes.  But, don’t limit yourself.  Try it on everything…you might want to spare that cheesecake, but if it’s savory…. Continue reading

Chewy Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Pecan Bars

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Chewy Chocolate Chip-Coconut BarsThese are rich and chewy, with bits of crunchy, toasted pecans, gooey chocolate and coconut…and they’re just plain good.  So pour the coffee and invite a friend…. Continue reading

Eggplant with Onions, Wine Vinegar, Grapes and Pine Nuts

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Vini da Arturo, in Venice, makes this incredibly simple, but delicious dish.  It’s perfect for summer and it’s gets better the next day.  Bring this to the next potluck BBQ.  Continue reading

Betty’s Tres Leches Dessert

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Tres Leches is the perfect dessert for entertaining.  It’s rich, delicious and must be made ahead of time.  Did I mention it’s mind-bendingly delicious?  You really can’t overstate the delicious-ness quotient.  Continue reading

Saucy Bearnaise Vinaigrette

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It’s been awhile since I’ve had a fling.  Yes, The Spicy Honey is aware of my dalliance and he approves.  Right now, you’re wondering just what kind of blog post this is, aren’t you?  So, my dear gutter-minded-friends, I’m talking about tarragon and mustard!  And the ultimate question—is it a sauce?  Or is it a vinaigrette? Continue reading

Creamy Cucumber-Radish Salad with Dill and Chives

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When the thermometer hits the higher ranges and you feel yourself melting, there’s something so completely refreshing about a cucumber salad, served very cold. There are probably hundreds of versions, but this one has radishes for extra color and crunch…it’s a keeper.  Continue reading

Tarator (Turkish Garlic Sauce)

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I’ve been culling.  I get too many magazines, though I’ve cut back hugely, but now and again, a person has to cull.  So I was reading back issues of Fine Cooking, which I must say is the one magazine I find really difficulty to part with.  So, so many delicious recipes, not mention good, solid cooking information.  And lo and behold, I ran across Turkish Tarator Sauce.  Continue reading

Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing with a Hint of Vanilla

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The basic poppy seed dressing recipe has been a part of my repertoire for years.  But, The Goddess decided it was time for a change, hence the orange and vanilla.  It’s still a little bit sweet and a little bit sharp—it really is the perfect summer dressing. Continue reading

Creamy Shrimp-Stuffed Eggplant with Bacon

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You know I adore eggplant.  I don’t think I’ve ever met an eggplant dish I didn’t love.  I’ve been thinking about stuffed eggplant, so I decided that today was the day.  I was heading down the vegetarian path, adding lentils to give us that meaty texture.  Then, I took another path…. Continue reading