Coconut Cashew Baklava ~Bittersweet

Towering stacks of gossamer-thin pastry, impossibly crisp and glistening with sticky syrup gleam from within bakery cases across the globe. Though typically full to bursting with crisp walnuts and warm spices, baklava is no stranger to alternative approaches. Considering the fact that it’s been at the mercy of creative bakers for centuries, this well-loved treat […]…

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My Mother’s Luxurious Christmas Cake — Toni Brancatisano

This is probably one of my most cherished recipes. If I close my eyes and inhale the aromas exuding from this cake, I can take myself back in time and imagine my mother lovingly unwrapping her Christmas Cake to feed it with brandy in the lead up to Christmas. I made an easier and smaller…

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Grilled Chicken Berry Salad with Glazed Pecans

I’ve been making these salads for years and have tried many variations. Yet, to me, this is the ultimate combination of sweet and savory with just a kiss of salty notes. This is a superb, summertime fruit salad which satisfies all of your cravings. I use berries, predominantly, but the list of fruits are endless…

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Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe & a little history

The sweetest tradition of Mardi Gras is the vibrant, multi-colored King Cake. Officially, Mardi Gras isn’t until Tuesday February 9th of this year. However, my intention of posting this recipe early is to prepare y’all to gather up the fixins prior to. Staying true to Mardi Gras culinary tradition one must bake and serve this…

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The World’s Best Waldorf Salad & a little history

The Word’s Best Waldorf Salad The Waldorf salad was first created between 1893 and 1896 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City (the precursor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which came into being with the merger of the Waldorf with the adjacent Astoria Hotel, opened in 1897). Oscar Tschirky, who was the Waldorf’s maître d’hôtel…

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Spicy Sweet & Salty Snack Pretzel Mix

In my opinion, spicy, sweet and salty are a trio of sheer delight to the palate; completely and utterly satisfying! Very easy to put together! Make this your anytime snack, for travel, tailgating, party appetizer or lazy evenings at home with Netflix.  Everyone always asks for the recipe and they beg you as well. Feel…

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The Best Saint Patrick’s Day Tuna Salad Sandwich…Ever!

Just another tuna salad recipe? I beg to differ! This delectable St. Paddy’s Day (or any day) sandwich offers a balance of salty, slightly sweet, crunchy and creamy flavors that satisfies even the most discriminating sandwich spread aficionado’s palate. Not to mention having several colors of the rainbow; does your pot of gold lie at…

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Tuscan Turkey Tetrazzini

Here’s one more luscious recipe for your Thanksgiving leftover turkey. We smoked a 17 pounder, and had abundance so I could not omit one of my favorite turkey recipes. This formula is versatile and tuna can be substituted for other times of the year. It’s creamy, slightly cheesy and true Tuscan fare, through and through. …

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USA’s Statewide Recipe Search! Kansas Picks: The Word’s Best Waldorf Salad

The Word’s Best Waldorf Salad The Waldorf salad was first created between 1893 and 1896 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City (the precursor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which came into being with the merger of the Waldorf with the adjacent Astoria Hotel, opened in 1897). Oscar Tschirky, who was the Waldorf’s maître d’hôtel…

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