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Palte With Bacon & Eggs And Cup Of Coffee

Making a new friend and reading poetry over bacon and eggs.

Chip and I love to go out for breakfast. Going out for breakfast is a special treat for me. I love to cook but breakfast is a way to just sit, talk and catch up on the week’s events. I don’t have to cook or clean up and the coffee is flowing! Lakeside Farms in Ballston Lake, NY is a very special breakfast place. When you pull open that old wooden door, the bells on the top of the door…

Fig and Fennel Vodka.

When the weather gets cooler, it’s time to take your weekend cocktails up a notch. I love Prosecco and that is no secret but adding a little of your homemade Fig & Fennel Vodka makes it fall-like and sublime! Originally published online By FOOD & WINE, March 2006. What you need: 18 ounces vodka 1/2 pound dried Black Mission figs, quartered 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced Options for add-in’s: Whole vanilla bean or a drop or two of pure…

Walnuts On Maple Syrup On White

Maple Pecan Bourbon Blondies

It’s October and fall is in full color. Each year, I try and convince myself that I can actually bake. This year was no exception, but the outcome was near catastrophic. I decided to make a healthy Cranberry Orange Bread made with Greek yogurt, vanilla Stevia, and wheat flour. Notice my use of the past tense… made. This ‘thing’ was a brick- inedible and seriously dangerous. If I wrapped it in a sock and swung it like a “sweeney,” I…

Tomorrow is my birthday.

Seriously you ask, you’re telling us it’s your birthday. Yes. I. Am. Why? Because a birthday is a wonderful thing. A celebration of another year of life with family and friends, receiving wishes for the same in the upcoming year. So many people, ladies, especially us, dread the birthday. Ah, the years ticking by…yada, yada, yada. Not me. I am proud to roar out “I am 57 years old”! Aging is a gift that sadly so many do not receive.…

Pumpkin Risotto with lobster, candied pecans, a smidgen of maple syrup and shaved Parmesan.

Chip and I recently experimented with a basic pumpkin risotto recipe amped up a notch, as usual, to add some extra goodies. We tried this as a dry run for an upcoming visit with friends.  This is sweet and savory and just perfect on a fall night with friends. We loved the outcome and hope you will too. What you need: Note: This recipe allows for 4-6 servings. We cut it in half for just the two of us.  5…