Buttermilk Custard Pear Pie and Pie Crust Crimping

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A creamy vanilla and buttermilk custard envelopes a pile of perfectly plump pears, all baked off in an all-butter pie crust. Yesterday my husband and I packed up our car. Not the family car that fits all the kids securely in their car seats, us in the front, but the small commuter vehicle he drives […]

Mini Lemon Dill Cheesecake Bites with Lox

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These savory mini cheesecakes are filled with lemon and dill, baked inside phyllo shells and topped with a bit of lox (cured salmon). They’re perfect for parties, entertaining or as game day snacks. They also make a great late-night snacks when you’re hanging on the couch. Do you ever wake up one morning and realize […]

Steak Chili to Combat the January Freeze

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This steakhouse beef chili recipe is designed to warm you up in the middle of winter. It’s hearty and thick, and the chili works wonderfully with all your favorite toppings. It’s January. It’s cold. Something about the cold, gray days this month always makes me crave soup, but instead of soup, I made chili. The […]

Gingerbread Pancakes for Post-Christmas Blues

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Looking for a pick-me-up to kill the post-Christmas blues? These gingerbread pancakes are easy to mix together the night before, just leaving the liquid ingredients until just before tossing on a hot griddle. They’re perfect served with butter and syrup, but add a bit of orange zest and you’ll be in breakfast heaven. I dislike […]

Christmas Menu and a HUGE Thank You

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One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we’re benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked […]

Filet Mignon in Red Wine Balsamic Reduction: Breaking Away from Ham

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If you’re getting together for the holidays, there’s a decent chance you’re also planning on eating a large roast of some sort. Break from tradition this year or throw a New Year’s dinner and do things up a bit with a filet mignon in a red wine and balsamic reduction with shallots and mushrooms. Ole […]

Weekly Menu Inspired by the Dole Bloggers Wellness Summit

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“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” – Michael Pollan A month ago now I attended the Dole Bloggers Wellness Summit hosted by Dole at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village. I sat and listened to the nutrition advice that was being dished out in support of fruit and vegetables, a recommended 7-10 servings which […]