Sweet & Savory Bleu Cheese Pear Dip

This dip is delicious even if you don’t like bleu cheese. The sweetness of the cream and the pears takes that signature tangy edge off the flavor of the cheese. Bleu Cheese Pear Dip Ingredients: 2 ounces bleu cheese 1 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons heavy cream 4 ounces canned pears in syrup, diced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup chopped Nuts (optional) Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Chill for at least…

Potato Salad with Fresh Dill

This potato salad is always a hit, even with those folks who say they don’t like potato salad. The addition of dill gives it a fresh flavor. After making the dressing, only add as much as you would like. Sometimes I add all of it and sometimes I want it with less dressing. This recipe is one from Ina Garten A perfect addition to any picnic! Enjoy! Print Potato Salad with Fresh Dill Serves 6 – 8.Recipe is…

Corn Salad…Perfect for a Picnic!

  The first time Phil and I ever had this corn salad was years ago at a dinner party hosted by some dear friends of ours. Patsy and David Quintero used to throw the most amazing dinner parties! We never wanted to miss one…to the point that once we were at a wedding in Santa Barbara for the weekend, we drove back down to Los Angeles for their dinner party, and the same evening drove back up to…

Ciao from Milan!

Ciao from Milan The first thing on our list during our second day in Milan was to visit Leonardo da Vinci’s original painting of The Last Supper. We followed that with the amazing beauty of the Duomo and a hike to its glorious rooftop (all 248 steps…one way!).  Later that evening, I was fortunate enough to teach a papercrafting class at Impronto d’Autore. A busy day filled with a lot of walking clearly deserved…

Milano!

How can every restaurant get better than the one before? Well, in Italy, everything tastes better, so I think that answers my question! Walking the streets of Milan and soaking in the hustle of the Milanese city life, we scoped out dinner possibilities for that evening. Still full from lunch at Rinascente’s top floor marketplace (you have to check that out too, for sure!), we weren’t ready for dinner until, believe it or not, 10:45…

Don’t Make Food, Make Reservations!

Did you know that Mother’s Day is the most popular holiday to dine out? If you enjoy taking your mother (or yourself!) out for brunch or dinner on this most popular dining out day of the year, it is time to make those reservations! The restaurants get booked quickly, so surprise your mom and be prepared! Or, if you are making a meal instead of reservations, try Nonna Anna’s Tiramisu for dessert or for the brunch…

Be Absolutely Awesome!

Be Absolutely Awesome! Recent studies are showing that eating cooked eggs with your dark green and orange veggies helps your body absorb MORE nutrients from these veggies, the carotenoids specifically. This is the nutrient rich pigment which gives color. Carotenoids are the source of Vitamin A, and Vitamin A will help you be Absolutely Awesome since it can help with everything from your eyes, to your skin, your stomach, and more. The French have had it right all along with…

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