Cinco de Mayo – Margarita Pie, you say?

Cinco de Mayo – Margarita Pie, you say?

Hola my friends! Happy Cinco de Mayo! If you work someplace fun, like I do (okay,…most days), you get to enjoy a fun fiesta pot-luck luncheon on May 5th.  Me, I signed up for dessert and dusted off an old recipe for a “Margarita Pie”.

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Taste of Mexico: “Buñuelos” with Kahlúa Dip


Kahlua dip


For a friend’s Mexico-themed get together I thought about bringing Buñuelos like I’ve had at a local restaurant; fried cinnamon sugar flour crisps drizzled with honey or chocolate and topped with whipped cream.  [I also thought about flan… truthfully, I’ve been craving that and found a recipe for a coffee flan that made my mouth water.]

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Merry Christmas


Whether you live in paradise or dream of it frequently, may you find…..

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Island Eats: Angel Macaroons



‘Tis the season for baking. Without fail I go to a December 2009 issue of Taste of Home magazine’s Best Loved Cookies and Bars. Thanks to a contribution from Renee Schwebach from Dumont, Minnsota, I get a cookie with three of my favorite things.

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Winter Solstice; Find Your Sun


PC Panorama

December 21, 2013 marks the winter solstice for the northern hemisphere. Here, just outside of Chicago it’s gray. The sky…. and the dingy snow pushed aside by plow and shovel. Gray. There is a chill in the air as we wait for a cold front to decide if the sky will deliver freezing rain or snow, and just a few minutes more than 9 hours of daylight. (sunrise 7:16, sunset 4:25)

But since I’m a glass-half-full kinda gal, I’m happy to realize the days will start to get longer now too. Before you know it, it will be summer.

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Allspice – Take Me To The Islands


I love island spices!

The Life of Spice

In gathering ingredients for a recipe this morning, I grabbed the ground allspice only to find I had not even opened it yet. As I peeled the foil seal from the top of the container the concentrated release of spicy air wafted right up my nose and took me… to the the islands.

I love cooking with allspice in bakery and desserts as I am today… but most favorite and what immediately comes to mind when I smell it is jerk chicken.

(excuse me while I wipe the drool from the corner of my mouth.)

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Pucks and Palm Trees


Pucks… and palm trees.

Today is the first day of Fall.  I woke up to a brisk 46F here in Chicagoland. (That’s just a mere 14 degrees above freezing in case you needed the math done.) So, why am I excited about it…? Because it’s just a short NINE more days until the official start of pro hockey.  Chicago Blackhawks Hockey. Woohoo!

……and how do you jump from cold, icy hockey to tropical heat and palm trees, you ask? Good times with Hockey fans. That’s how.



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