St. Patrick’s Day Champagne Cocktails

While green beer has always been the drink of choice for St. Patrick’s Day,  add some variety with champagne based cocktails. When making any cocktails with Champagne, add the Champagne last to avoid overflow. Stirring is not necessary as the bubbles do most of the work, but if you do, stir slowly. To keep the

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Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes – the perfect dessert for your St Patrick’s Day party. If you prefer to make a cake: butter or spray a springform or bundt pan and bake for about 35 minutes. Yields 24 cupcakes  Ingredients  Ganache Frosting 2 cups heavy whipping cream 2 cups (12oz) semisweet  or bittersweet chocolate Chocolate Cake 1 cup stout

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St Patrick’s Day Dinner Party

Hosting a dinner party for St. Patrick’s Day? You’ll have the luck of the Irish on your side when you rely on your crock pot to make the perfect corned beef and cabbage while you’re at work.  And to accompany your meal is an easy Irish Soda Bread recipe. Corned Beef Brisket is a cut

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Spring Salad with Goat Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

With the amazing produce spring brings, one of the best ways to enjoy it is in a fresh salad. From  asparagus to radishes to strawberries, this colorful and delicious salad can be served  as a meal or as side with  your Easter brunch. Serves 2-4 Ingredients:  1 cup  balsamic vinegar 3-4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive

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Molten Chocolate Cake

Surprise your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with this chocolate lovers delight. To make ahead:  Place  prepared ramekins in the refrigerator covered with a plastic wrap. Bring to room temperature and bake just before serving. Serves 2 Ingredients 4 Tablespoons butter,  cubed 2 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped into pieces 1 large egg 1 large

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Roasted Beet Pasta

Impress your valentine or dinner guests with this vibrant colored pasta dish! Serves 4 Ingredients 2-3 beets, trimmed and washed 3 whole garlic cloves, peeled Olive oil 1/2 lb  linguine ( or any other pasta) 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup pine nuts ( or any other nuts) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2

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Football Pizza Tart

Easy football shaped tart with your favorite pizza toppings. Puff pastry was used for this recipe but you can also use pizza dough.  If you prefer various toppings, make individual tarts or pizzas. Ingredients  1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed (or pizza dough) Marinara Sauce / Pizza Sauce Shredded mozzarella or any other cheese desired Topping:

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Superbowl Cocktails

Drinking beer while watching football is the typical tradition.  For Superbowl however, going all out to entertain your guests is the norm. So instead of serving just beer, here are two options to entertain your guests. Beergarita – still keeps the beer tradition but also adds tequila and lime flavors to make a pitcher cocktail

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Loaded Mash Cauliflower

This recipe was created when I had ingredients leftover from the Mini Pull Apart Bread recipe. I already had the ingredients chopped, meats cooked and I had cauliflower in my refrigerator.  It dawned on me that this recipe would actually be great for your party for those who are gluten free and couldn’t enjoy the pull

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Mini Pull Apart Party Breads

Using smaller rolls with different toppings not only adds variety but makes it easier for guests with food restrictions. Use your favorite rolls or sourdough bread. The toppings used for this recipe included:  Basil, parsley, red onions, mushrooms, jalapeno, pepperoncini, olives, salami,  pancetta,  chorizo, roasted peppers and capers. Have fun and create your favorite toppings!

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