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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…

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…

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Blond Puttanesca, with a twist.

I love the New York Times Cooking website. The authors and chefs inspire me to think outside of my cooking comfort zone and as a result, I have explored foods and regional recipes that I may have never thought to do. While the recipes are fantastic in their own rite, I feel compelled to amend and alter them…I cannot help myself. I strongly suggest you subscribe to the daily/weekly emails for fun and inspiration.  The nominal subscription fee is well…

Nice Melons! Summer Melon Salad.

Summertime smells rival the smell of apples and cider in the fall. Fruit is so plentiful right now and walking through the Troy Farmer’s Market on Saturday it was almost intoxicating. Melons, berries, and peaches are so plentiful. When the temperatures get high and the desire for quick and easy meals are imperative, I look for something I can make and use in multiple ways. This is one of those recipes- Melon Salad. What you need: 1 honeydew melon -…

Italian Style Cowboy Caviar.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with some international influence. It’s summertime and you are stumped with trying to take something new and different to your family or friend’s picnic. Traditional Cowboy Caviar is a super easy 15-minute dish that is hearty and healthy. My sister-in-law Celeste made for a picnic last Sunday. It was spectacular. But that got me thinking: What can I do to this to make it more of a meal and change it up with an Italian…