Archive for May, 2011

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This post is for all of you who have sent e-mails begging for a breakdown of the cilantro-lime corn I’m always mentioning when we break out the grill. I’ve been making corn this way since my college days (don’t ask how long ago that was) when we would Bar-B-Q constantly. Seriously, you’ve never tasted corn as good as this before and kids love it when corn comes to the table with the husks still on. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Grilled Cilantro-Lime Corn On The Cob serves 4 4 ears of corn with husks

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In Texas, apricots are right up there with peaches and when they hit the markets you know it’s the beginning of summer.That’s why yesterday when I was at the market I must of lost my head with excitement and bought 5 pounds. Hmmm? What am I going to do with 5 pounds of apricots I kept asking myself as the dog was liking the side of my face and drooling down my arm in the car ride home. That’s when, for some unknown reason, I remembered an episode from the Two Fat Ladies and a chocolate almond crusted tart that

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This is Jack. Jack recently ran into my arms on my front porch and never left. This past weekend we took Jack to the ranch for the first time. He was in absolute heaven. It was on a walk one morning that he smelled an irresistible smell he had never experienced before. In seconds he was after the trail to… the corral. I fell in love with him even more to see him this happy and was surprised when he obeyed all of the comands we have been working on except… “JACK DON’T ROLL IN THE COW POOP!” That’s not

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There’s nothing better in the summer than a refreshing granita and I’ve made quite a few. Granitas have even been my close friend during those teething days with Mia. Her favorite, cantelope and mint, was devoured daily and helped sooth her swelling gums. I love granitas because they are supper simple to make and like a good dress can be dressed up or down with the addition of a touch of liqueur. This grapefruit and rosemary granita is so delicious and is my favorite yet! Don’t be put off by the rosemary my friends, it a delightful and elegant pairing

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You can find numerous recipes for fruit leather on the internet. It’s been around forever. The best thing about this simple treat is that if you make it at home you don’t need chemical preservatives, you can control the amount of sugar, and best of all you can be as creative as you want to be. I have yet to see strawberry basil fruit leather and after tasting it we are all missing out! The sweetness of the strawberries and the fresh almost licorice taste of the basil makes a unique and amazingly flavorful treat for everyone! I’ve got many

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Lately with little Miss Mia battling a flu and me trying to keep my head on straight, it seems I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog as I want or do simple things as go to the grocery store. So when my little girl who hasn’t eaten a bite in two days asked for pasta with red sauce I headed straight to the kitchen practically skipping because she had her appetite back. But when I opened the pantry door things grew dark and the famous theme song from “Psycho” screached in my head when I realized I

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First of all I’m not gonna lie, this is a hit and miss with most kids. Mia loves it because it has her favorites: cheese, peas, pasta, and lemon. Yes, lemon. I know it’s weird but she will bite right into it and say delicious. Of course it just makes me cringe. Lemon Ricotta Farfalle with Peas is a super simple delightfully fresh summertime pasta dish that will be gone in seconds if you’re not careful. Lemon Ricotta Farfalle with Peas serves 6 to 8 16 oz box of Farfalle pasta, cooked according to directions 1/2 cup reserved pasta water

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What’s an APO cookie you ask? It’s an awesome cookie that not only makes your tastebuds tremble but brings a little taste of home to a solider. I call them APO (Army Post Office) cookies because they tend to not spoil as fast as a traditional cookie with flour and butter making the long trip overseas to your favorite solider. My favorite soldier is my brother, Michael who is stationed somewhere in the Afghanistan area. Love you Mike!  I just sent him and his brothers a box full and I was glad to get them out of the house as