Broccoli Pasta Salad

Broccoli Pasta Salad

I served this salad at the tea party bridal shower I recently hosted.  It was a huge hit.  I first has this salad about a year ago at a neighborhood pot luck and asked for the recipe right away.  I never got around to making it.  I wanted to add a salad into our tea party menu and I remembered how much I loved the salad and so did my party guests.  That evening, after the shower, at our neighborhood party, the neighbor who had given me the recipe originally [Continue Reading...]

Nutty Brown Rice

Brown RIce

Because I am basically a non-potato eater, we eat a lot of rice at our house.  In the last few years I have developed a love for brown rice.  I love the nutty flavor, the crunchy texture and the fact that it is healthier for you than regular white rice.  Brown rice also has a lower glycemic value which is a good thing. Brown rice  is not processed as much therefore preserving more of the nutritional value. The only downside to brown rice is that it takes longer to cook [Continue Reading...]

Artichoke Spinach Dip with Chopped Pecans

artichoke Spinach dip with chopped pecans

I love a good artichoke dip. I have shared a couple of yummy recipes here on the blog.  There was Artichoke and Spinach Dip and  Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Dip.  Both are so good.  Since I live by the philosophy that you can never have too many good recipes I have another variation on a theme for you today. The ladies in our neighborhood had a belated Mother’s Day luncheon last week.  We like to sit outside so we had to wait for a day when it wasn’t raining.  That [Continue Reading...]

Brown Sugar Brie

Brown Sugar Brie

As promised,  here is my second brown sugar recipe of the week. We attended our first holiday party last night (that wasn’t at our house) and I took one of my favorite holiday appetizers,  Brown Sugar Brie.  You could really make this appetizer anytime but I always seem to make it at the holidays. It is simple and delicious. The recipe was given to me years ago by an aesthetician I use to go to.  It really is more a list of ingredients than a recipe.  Sorry, but there are [Continue Reading...]

Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

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I think I’ve mentioned before that I tend to get on flavor kicks.  There’s been cranberry, lemon etc. Well, this week it seems to be brown sugar.  I’ve got two brown sugar recipes for you right in a row (another coming tomorrow) Yum! Today’s cookie recipe is a shortbread cookie but is different than a lot of shortbread – it is a nice soft cookie.  I love shortbread, especially with a nice cup of herbal tea.  It makes me feel so English! Some shortbread recipes tend to get a little [Continue Reading...]

Strawberry Turkey Wrap and Sandwich Tips

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On Monday I flew to cold, windy Chicago to visit the test kitchens of Sara Lee and Hillshire Farms. I was one of 15 bloggers that were invited back to learn more about their company. We talked about all kinds of things that bloggers love – food photography, food styling and about food – mainly sandwiches. Hillshire Farms makes a great line of lunch meats which we of course got to sample for lunch! We also got to meet Chef Jill – she is so fun! She is the one [Continue Reading...]

Pecan Sour Cream Biscuits – The Best Biscuits Ever!

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Today’s recipe is for my southern, biscuit loving friend Sherra.  Don’t all good southern girls love biscuits? If you ever visit food blogs you may have discovered a weekly challenge that many of the food bloggers participate in – Tuesdays with Dorie.  The group is, recipe by recipe, baking their way through Baking from my Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.  Each week a recipe is chosen and each food blogger puts their own spin on it and posts their version and photos on their food blog. I have enjoyed [Continue Reading...]