Creamy Lemon Popsicles

When life gives you extra lemons . . . well of course, you make lemon popsicles!!! I’ve long been a fan of frozen lemon treats.  From those uber-sweet “Lemon Chill” tubs they used to sell at outdoor events, to my favorite lemon sorbet in Kansas City…there’s always been something...

institute of culinary education: day two

institute of culinary education: day two

Oooooh la la! That’s right!  Today I wrapped up my week of culinary adventures with a final day of “hors d’oeurves boot camp” at the ICE (Institute of Culinary Education) in New York City. And talk about a grand finale!!  Today we made all sorts of delicious, sophisticated little...

institute of culinary education: day one

institute of culinary education: day one

This morning I took the train down into the heart of NYC for my final culinary adventure — “hors d’oeuvres boot camp” at the Institute of Culinary Education. Commonly known as “ICE”, this professional culinary school also offers an outstanding array of “recreational” options.  I had such a hard...

foods of new york tour: greenwich village

foods of new york tour: greenwich village

Back in the Big Apple!!! For the fun culinary adventure of the day, I spent the afternoon in Greenwich Village doing a “Foods of New York Tour“.  So fun! We basically spent 3 delicious hours walking around with our group (about 10 of us) and our hilarious (and very...

culinary institute of america: day three

culinary institute of america: day three

Ok, Mom — here’s a picture of me.  :-) We finished up our final day of “Mexican Cuisine Boot Camp” today at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America).  And holy moly — it was “mole” day!!

culinary institute of america – day two

culinary institute of america – day two

It’s been another gorgeous day at the CIA! For those of you who are just tuning in, I’m finishing up Day 2 of a 3-day “boot camp” at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY….and having the time of my life!  :-) Without further ado, here are...

culinary institute of america – part one

culinary institute of america – part one

“Thyme” to begin!!! The first part of my NY adventure kicked off today at the chipper hour of 6am, when I arrived at the Culinary Institute of America to check in for boot camp!  Hooray!!! I think I intially thought “boot camp” was just a nice little name for...

special video invite – ny culinary adventure!!

special video invite – ny culinary adventure!!

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Moroccan-Style Chicken Pie

This delightful chicken pie is a mix of sweet and savory, with a surprising blend of delicious spices which work together like magic. Perfect for anytime you’re in the mood for a Moroccan twist! ***Click here to enter this week’s cookbook giveaway!  Ends July 11 @ 11:59pm.*** A few...

blogiversary giveaway: cooks illustrated cookbook!

blogiversary giveaway: cooks illustrated cookbook!

***This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks for participating!*** Happy birthday to you…  Happy birthday to you… Happy birthday dear…….. G – G – G – Gimme Some OV-EN! Yeah!!!  It’s true — exactly one year ago, this little site was born.  And a year later, 180 posts later, countless...

Basil, Chicken and Orzo Soup

Any of my friends, family, or coworkers will tell you that I’m kind of a ridiculous fan of soup.  Love it.  Love ordering it at restaurants.  Love making it at home.  Love cozying up with a warm bowl in the cold of winter.  And alas…even on brutally hot summer...

Strawberry Mango Margaritas

A delicious summery twist on my beloved Margaritas. Perhaps the only way to improve the classic recipe – just add mango and strawberry! A summertime-approved crowd pleaser :) ‘Tis the season for enjoying yummy cold drinks on the deck — and all the better when made with fresh fruit!...