Category Recipe Files

Blueberry + Lemon-Thyme Roulade Cake

This Blueberry + Lemon-Thyme Roulade Cake recipe goes way back to my days cooking at the Red Mountain Spa in St. George, UT. I used to make this cake as part of one of the cooking classes I taught at the spa. Yeah, can you believe it? They actually trusted me to go out in front of people and talk. I do pretty well when it comes to writing, but the

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Champagne-Chocolate Pots de Crème

I absolutely, one hundred and ten percent love chocolate desserts – which sounds rather cliché, since I’m a girl. Throw champagne into the mix and I’m happier than a bird eating a french fry! On the other hand, my husband is not chocolate’s biggest fan, by any means. I fear this may have been my fault and I will tell you why. Way back when we first were married, we went out

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Kale, Sun-dried Tomato and Chorizo Quiche with a Cornmeal Crust

Call me a tad crazy, but it’s taken me almost 8 years to come to terms with ever making quiche again. You are probably asking yourself, “what the heck is wrong with this girl, quiche is fantastic!” Oh, don’t worry! I’m very familiar with the amazing, rich flavors of a good quiche surrounded by a light, flaky crust. How heavenly it is to eat it straight from the warmth of an oven, especially

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Chocolate Lavender Truffle Cake

It’s safe to say that I’ve been on a chocolate cake kick lately! Which seems rather counterproductive when most of us are attempting to follow through on our New Year’s resolution to get in shape and eat healthy. But with Valentine’s Day only a week away how can you not indulge in a little chocolate to celebrate this lovestruck holiday? Especially when that chocolate comes in a pint-sized cake meant for

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Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Truffled Butternut Squash Puree

I remember the first time I experienced the transcending flavors of a truffle. It was a completely unknown taste to me, so when the waiter bent down to quietly ask if I would like a small shaving of truffles over my dish I was baffled. I had heard of this thing they called a truffle and knew it was not an everyday pleasure most people could indulge in, at the

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Blackberry + Black Pepper Chocolate Cake

Like most things in my life, I had planned on doing this cake for the holidays, but time got away from me. I had initially imagined an all white cake with the white chocolate tree covering the top like a winter wonderland. A dusting of white edible glitter to finish and bam, you’ve got yourself the perfect white Christmas! I was about to abandon the idea of this cake in utter

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Mashed Potatoes with Chives + Garlic

The countdown continues as we head into one of my favorite holidays! Thanksgiving for me has always meant spending time with all of my family, so I get so excited every year it comes around! My family is all around incredible! My heart is broken that I won’t be spending this holiday with my family up in Napa, now that we are back in Minnesota. I’m really missing my lovely

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Herb Roasted Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy

We are officially on countdown to Thanksgiving, which is only about 2 weeks away, eek! If you are the lucky one that gets to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, then we’ve got your back! In the next week or so, we are going to bring you some great recipes and tips on how to make this Thanksgiving dinner a successful and yummy one. No quirky, unique recipes here folks, not

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Honey Nut Squash and Pear Bisque

Wow, guys! It’s been awhile, huh? I swear I have a good excuse for my absence lately. It just happens that Adam and I have been moving. Ugh, I feel like my life has been endless moments of moving from one place to the next, but in all honesty, I love it! I find that staying in one place for too long makes me feel stagnant. It’s refreshing to change

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Mini BLTs with Avocado and Chipotle Mayo

When they say good things come in small packages, they are so right! Especially when it comes to mini, bite-sized versions of the classic BLT sandwich we all know and love! I’ve been making these little apps for years. Oh my goodness, I get so obsessed with bite-sized things. I confess, that I often eat most of them before they even leave the kitchen, so this recipe makes a lot if

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