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Easy Shrimp Scampi for Amelia and the Roomies

To my darling, sous chef, and novice cook, Amelia. Here is a super easy Shrimp Scampi recipe.  In order to be successful, however, you must attempt to utilize all these ingredients, or, as you found out, you will be left with a pot of butter and shrimp. While not terrible, it is not Shrimp Scampi. Your Italian heritage is there, buried somewhere under chicken wings, pizza, Ben & Jerry’s and other college type foods. Get in touch with your inner…

Cooking with Saffron- Saffron Cream Sauce Over Sole

Many cooks shy away from using Saffron. An expensive spice, but well worth the outlay for a special occasion dinner. Saffron comes from the flower of crocus sativus, but is commonly referred to as the saffron crocus.  The threads are dried and very delicate to the touch.  I assume harvesting is labor intensive and extremely time consuming, hence the price that accompanies it. It is commonly sold in small glass tubes and a little goes a long way. Just over…

Guest Blogger- Allison’s Fudge

Tonight's guest blogger may not know she is the guest blogger.  I have a recipe from a friend and coworker from back in my LexisNexis days in Manhattan, circa 1992.  Never being a great baker myself, Allison wrote down her 'Famous Fudge' recipe which I have used and shared so many times over the past 20+ years.  Here it is, and thank you Allison! What you need: 3 cups of chips. you can mix chocolate, peanut butter or any combination…

Limoncello a la Pasta on the Floor

Limoncello.  Sheer perfection when lemon and sugar meet alcohol.  I took my first crack at a batch of Limoncello.  I initially tasted this lovely liquor when Chip and I were in Italy.  Once outside of Pompeii we had fresh limoncello on a hot August afternoon and again in Capri where the lemons on the lemon trees were large and beautiful. Here is a simple recipe that proved perfect. Try it. What you Need: 10-15 lemons- find some that have thick…

Guest Blogger-Michelle’s Apple Brownies

Please welcome our guest blogger, Michelle.  Michelle is one of my spin instructors and happens to be a great baker.  She made these brownies for us one Friday morning to bring us back to life after her one-hour spin class. These are perfect to whip up to take with you on a cold afternoon when cutting down your Christmas tree or when wrapping presents by a fire, with coffee, of course! They are dense, and not too sweet. Here is…