Monthly Archives: November 2011


Spiced Granola

I’m not one of those people who thinks that granola needs to be sent off to a Happy Breakfast Place, forced to live there forever. Me? I could happily snack on granola all day long, and I usually do. It’s … Continue reading

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Vanilla Chai Buttercream

There is no such thing as a good cupcake without a great frosting to top it off. As a former professional cake decorator, clients thoughtfully, but with a certain measure of seriousness, would taste several flavored frostings as they would … Continue reading

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Roasted Curry-Spiced Brussels Sprouts

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t enjoy Brussels Sprouts and I’m pretty sure I have my mother to thank for that. Their green, earthy cabbage-like flavor makes them a perfect side dish for holiday roasts and all sorts … Continue reading

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Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

As a mom of three young children I am always mindful of providing healthy snacks to pack in their school lunches.  I find myself in a common yet familiar struggle many parents deal with when trying to convince my kids … Continue reading

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Vanilla Brined Thanksgiving Turkey

I look forward to Thanksgiving more than almost any other holiday. It’s a time to slow down, even for just a day, and share the season with those most important to us. Friends, family, acquaintances and old companions spend the … Continue reading

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Casella Okulaja

Introducing Our Flavor Explorers for the Holiday Season

At the beginning of the holiday season every year, I find myself brainstorming ways to liven up my menus and spreads. Of course I always have traditional fare passed down through my family, but I also like to serve my … Continue reading

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Casella Okulaja

Farewell and Chaò to Todd and Diane

It is always bittersweet to say farewell to our Flavor Explorers. Each one of them has challenged me to rethink my personal approach to cooking and baking. Todd and Diane from White On Rice Couple are no exception. Their simple … Continue reading

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Todd and Diane

Spicy Bloody Mary

A great cocktail can be indulged anytime of day and a Bloody Mary for brunch is the perfect answer. We’ve been spiking our foods with extra spice lately and the cravings of heat didn’t stop at the cocktails. Spicy cocktails … Continue reading

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