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The Bolt… It’s Electric!

There is no doubt that electric cars are taking over. Tesla started the modern day electric war, but GM is the first to give us an everyday affordable EV – one that you could theoretically use as one an only car. I want to stress affordable and only car in previous ... Read More »

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Gingersnap Cheesecake Bars

Gingersnap Cheesecake Bars have a wonderful rich and creamy flavor with judicious notes of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Superfine sugar dissolves quicker than regular granulated sugar, but you can use either in this recipe. Be sure to build in time to let the bars chill overnight for best results. ... Read More »

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Entertain With Ease: Ham and Bean Dip

Ham and Bean Dip was inspired by my mother’s winter-weather white bean and ham suppers. She would cook up a large pot of great Northern Beans with a ham hock and serve as is or with small ham steaks and corn bread. I was craving the flavors but not the ... Read More »

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They Came. They Saw. They Chainsawed.

Oh yes they did! Hard to believe it was already one year ago when I attended the first of these events, and now I’m so excited it’s coming back for round two on December 16.  What I’m referring to is Rosen Plaza’s Iced Out holiday event wherein local top chefs ... Read More »

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Cinnamon-Scented Apple Bars

Cinnamon-Scented Apple Bars are a twist on an old butter cake recipe. While baking, the apples exude their juices giving the bars a nice moist texture. You can give this recipe a cranberry twist by eliminating one apple and adding dried craisins. The result is a rich, sweet-tart bar. While ... Read More »

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Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars

Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars are so easy. You can substitute spiced rum for the peppermint extract if desired. Make sure the cookie crust cools completely. Bars like this need lots of chill time to meld the ingredients. I made these and then let them set in the refrigerator overnight. Yes, ... Read More »

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Morning Mix recipe: Hearty Steak and Bean Chili

Hearty Steak and Bean Chili is my Morning Mix recipe of the week. Busy holiday weekends and cooler temperatures on the way make this a great mealtime choice. Serve on game day or any night of the week with your choice of toppings. Look for more recipes curated exclusively for ... Read More »

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Salted Caramel Bars

Salted Caramel Bars have a rich flavor and chewy texture with decadent drizzle. I made them in two 8-by-8 glass pans for thicker bars, but you can also use a shallow half sheet baking pan (about 1-by-13-by-18-inches) for thinner bars. Expect to have more of the rum-flavored caramel sauce than ... Read More »

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Entertain With Ease: Greek Yogurt Mint Dip

Greek Yogurt Mint Dip is one of my go-to entertaining recipes. It’s light with refreshing flavor notes. I find that it is best served immediately as even naturally thick Greek yogurt will weep a bit if the recipe is prepared ahead of time.  If you have a favorite dried Greek ... Read More »

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Stayin’ Alive in yet another home

As another house move adventure begins, I realize there’s a word to describe Charlie and I…gypsies. One of my favorite columnists, Marni Jameson, beat me to it in her Orlando Sentinel column, “Moving: Lessons from the Gypsy Camp.”  As a home-stager, Marni has an excuse for her many moves…not sure ... Read More »

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