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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…

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…

Peaches and Pancetta Pesto Pizza

Do these three ingredients, cohabiting on one pizza delight you, or scare you? What have you got to lose? Individually, peaches, pancetta, and pesto are brilliant, but together they sing. I recently posted the recipe for Pesto with a Twist. Use this as a base for your pizza. It is simple, easy, and flexible so add or delete any ingredients as you see fit. This pizza is remarkable, are you ready? What you need: Pesto. Store bought works but give the recipe…

Pesto with a twist

Following a pesto recipe as the author intended is never going to happen for me. I read them and I respect the chef or author, but I always feel I can tweak it just a bit. Pesto is pretty standard, but I took it in a slightly different direction. In my ever-so-humble opinion, I thought it was awesome. See what you think. What you need: ½ cup pine nuts and or a mix with good quality walnuts Ground red pepper…