Monthly Archive: August 2011

Apple Crumble Pie

There’s nothing more American than apple pie, so it’s fitting that the tasty dessert has played a role in my Army life. At Fort Riley, I was fortunate enough to participate in the annual Apple Day festival. It’s a fabulous open house that showcases the installation to the American public. In addition to a parade, …

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Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Gelato

I’ve traveled to Italy twice ~ and both times fell in love with the gelato. The first trip was for an Army soccer tournament. My husband was playing in Livorno, which is near Pisa. After dinner at the most amazing little bistro, the Italian players on his team brought us to the town’s most popular …

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Zesty Sausage, Peppers and Onions

Throughout my adult life, Sausage, Peppers and Onions over rice has been a staple weeknight dinner. But as I’ve gone zesty, I’ve revised the dish from just simple bell peppers. Now I use pablano, Anaheim and jalapeno peppers. Farmer’s markets and produce sections are filled with a variety of colorful peppers, and they all have …

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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce

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I spent the past few days with my parents learning more about America’s largest state ~ Texas. I traveled to San Antonio where the informational tour at the Alamo explained how the republic came to be. I walked and dined and walked and dined along the beautiful Riverwalk that cascades beneath the city streets. Then, …

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Chopotoes ~ Twice Baked Chorizo Potatoes with a Tomato-Sour Cream Aioli

ZESTUOUS CHALLENGE 3 This was a fun, but difficult Zestuous Challenge. The mystery ingredients were chorizo, potatoes and tomatoes prepared as an appetizer. The result: Twice baked chorizo potatoes with a sour cream tomato aioli. Kevin, Katrina, And then I Ate It and The World in my Kitchen selected the ingredients. I love chorizo and …

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Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey

I arrived home from work tonight excited that the weekend was upon us. I just completed my first week of work after a lengthy vacation, and I was ready to get back to my projects, back to my puppies and back to my husband. As part of my nightly routine, I logged onto facebook to …

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Chicken Jalapeno Bites

This is my favorite 3-ingredient recipe. All it calls for is chicken, bacon and jalapeno slices. I was first introduced to these little bites at an Army change of command. My dear friend’s husband was taking command of a company, and she served this dish alongside many other elegant platters. Both Army Strong men and …

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Summer Orchard on the Rocks

Fresh peaches, savory basil and a splash of lime make this cocktail perfect for this triple digit summer. My best memory of peaches was when I traveled to Huber’s Orchard in Indiana. It was a hot July day. We parked the car, grabbed a basket and ventured under the sweet smelling shade of the trees …

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Simple Syrup

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Here is another B2B (back to basics) recipe that can be used in cocktails, desserts and more. Print Simple Syrup Prep Time: 2 minutesCook Time: 5 minutes Ingredients1 part sugar 1 part waterInstructionsPlace the sugar and water a pot over medium-high heat. Stir, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and store in an airtight …

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BLT All Grown Up

Brown Sugar Chili Bacon, Caramelized Balsamic Onions, goat cheese, lettuce and tomato piled high on homemade bread ~ this is a grown up BLT. Well, actually I guess it would be a BOGLT. Yeah I like the sound of that ~ a boggle-tee. I’ve been dreaming about this sandwich for a few days now. Crispy, …

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