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Mexican Fiesta Shower

We co-hosted a couple’s stock the bar shower this weekend for a couple of friends who would have been elated had we just opened a bag of tortilla chips and unscrewed a jar of salsa. They are very easy to please, which made pleasing them just that much more fun.This should really be the last […]

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Zucchini Mozzarella Squares

As the new BeyoncĂ© album came out on Friday the 13th, I assumed that any potential “bad luck” associated with the day would have dissipated at Queen Bey’s command. Alas, it seems that her diva powers don’t extend to the mundane. We co-hosted a great shower/party for one of the most fun couples that we know […]

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Zucchini Au Gratin

On Wednesday, I received notification that I am featured on Rachael Ray’s website as “Cook of the Week”. It’s always an honor to receive a nod, but when the nod comes from Rachael Ray, well, that’s pretty much the coolest thing ever! Here is the link:  http://rachaelraymag.com/blogs/rachael-ray/2013/06/12/rrwhatchacookin-featured-cook-the-sparkle-kitchen/ This is also a good time to insert […]

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Creamy Ranch Burgers (and Burger Bar Tips)

Feeding a crowd is an overwhelming proposition that I find myself in so very often. I maintain composure and espouse a thoroughly relaxed attitude until about an hour before party time. Then it all comes crumbling down and I turn into the queen diva of the kitchen, bossing around my dogs and anyone with thumbs […]

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Easter Craftiness

Last year, Easter weekend involved just BF and myself, nothing special. Nevertheless, I made about three dozen adorable macaroon birds nests filled with Nutella, Cadbury crackle eggs and Peeps. They were adorable, and largely uneaten. This year, though, I get to spend the holiday with real live children! The kind who find the prospect of […]

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