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    RUM, CARAMEL, APPLE POTS DE CREME

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    ITALIAN POT ROAST

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    There’s nothing better than slow braised beef on a cold winter’s night.  Add a little sausage, parmesan cheese and basil and you’ve got a delicious Italian version of pot roast.  Serve with my Balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes.

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    FILET BOURGUIGNON WITH SMASHED POTATOES

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    This is a classic french recipe that I decided to use very expensive filet’s to see how much richer it would be.  Probably the best beef bourguignon I’ve had anywhere!

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    VANILLA BEAN AND PUMPKIN LAYERED CHEESECAKE WITH GINGERSNAP CRUST

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    The combination of vanilla and pumpkin flavors work so well in this combination.  Make sure and have the cream cheese and eggs at room temperature and beat until light and fluffy.  Simply fabulous dessert for Thanksgiving!

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    GREEN CHILI PORK STEW WITH SWEET CORN

    Cinco de Mayo
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    This is one of my favorite stew’s to eat here in the Southwest in the winter.  I added sweet corn to offset the spiciness.   This is served at the Roaring Fork Restaurant by chef Robert McGrath and this is my version.  It’s freakin delicious.  Make sure you get mild poblanos.

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    PULLED PORK WITH BLUEBERRY/RASPBERRY CHIPOTLE SAUCE

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    Succulent pulled pork with a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce.  This will make the perfect sandwich for your next barbecue.  The beauty of this recipe is you can make the barbecue sauce and spice rub one day ahead.

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    BLUEBERRY LEMON DROP MOJITO

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    Nothing better than a mojito to cool you off.  Slight hints of lemon with a blueberry base.  Delicious!

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    BLUEBERRY AND LEMONCELLO MARGARITA

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    KIWI AND MANGO INFUSED VODKA

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    I had leftover mango and kiwi’s and wasn’t sure what to do with them so I decided to make a flavored vodka.  Serve this with ice or add to your favorite mixer. 

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    CURRY SHRIMP PASTA SALAD

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    Are you tired of the same side dish at picnics?  This is a nice change and is quite unique!  You can make it with or without shrimp or even substitute the shrimp for chicken!

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    BLACKBERRY AND BASIL MOJITO SPRITZER

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    Stock up on ball jars because you are going to want to make this at your next summer barbecue.  Target sells them cheap.  The slight basil accent in these cocktails make for refreshing and tasty cocktail.

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    BLACKBERRY AND LEMON SANGRIA

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    The addition of the rosemary in this sangria completely brings it to a new level.  This sangria does not have to marinate all day, it can be enjoyed right away!

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    CURRY TUNA NOODLE SALAD

    American/Thai
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    My friend Pat Harrigan turned me on to her tuna noodle salad and I just had to change it by adding curry.  This is the perfect dish to bring to a backyard barbecue!  People are going to as what that unique flavor is….don’t tell them!

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    ULTIMATE ITALIAN STUFFING

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    I made this recipe for Thanksgiving last year and it was incredible.  The hot Italian sausage add a nice spiciness to the stuffing.  Incredibly moist on the inside and crunchy on top.

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    BEEF SHORT RIBS BRAISED IN RED WINE WITH CELERY ROOT PUREE

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    Succulent short ribs that fall off the bone in a rich red wine reduction sauce.  I served these ribs with my celery root puree which is on the website!

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    APPLE CIDER AND GINGER COCKTAIL

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    This is the season for apple cider so why not drink it in a cocktail.  Nice flavors of ginger and apple in this cocktail.

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    PUMPKIN AND CHAI SPICED BISCOTTI

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    This recipe is perfect for the fall as the holidays are approaching us. I added a pumpkin spice drizzle that really ties this recipe together.

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    MINI PUMPKIN CHEESECAKES WITH CINNAMON CREAM

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    What can I say but a picture says a thousand words.  The cheesecake filling is light and creamy.  The combination of the cookies in the crust make a truely unique flavor.  Make sure and make the cinnamon cream because this pulls the cheesecake flavors all together.

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    BAKED CHICKEN WITH APPLE CIDER BARBECUE SAUCE

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    This barbecue chicken literally falls off the bone after baking.  I used light butter to skinny it up a bit.  The barbecue sauce is simply delicious!

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    SPICED PUMPKIN CUPCAKES WITH MAPLE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

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    The perfect cupcake for fall.  Make sure and use pure pumpkin and not the pumpkin pie filling.  These cupcakes are moist and delicious!

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    MARY’S APPLE CIDER BARBECUE SAUCE

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    This sauce goes really well with my baked chicken.  I substituted light butter instead of full fat and it came out awesome.

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    HUEVOS RANCHEROS

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    Tired of scrambled eggs for breakfast, try something new.  This recipe is extremely easy and delicious.

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    SPICED PUMPKIN AND COCONUT SOUP WITH SEARED SCALLOPS

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    Fall is here and so are the pumpkins.  This is one of the sweetest and spiciest soups I’ve made.  The scallops are a decadent addition to the soup.  Serve with bread and you have a complete meal.

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    GRILLED CHICKEN LEGS WITH MARY’S BLACKBERRY BARBECUE SAUCE

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    Chicken legs were never really a favorite of mine until I put my blackberry sauce on them.  WOW…what a treat for the stomach.  The barbecue sauce goes well with grilled chicken and also pork.

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    CHOPPED SALAD WITH BLACKBERRIES AND CHERRIES

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    This salad makes a great side dish to almost any entree.  Add a piece of protein on top for a complete dinner.

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    FRANGELICO “POTS DE CREME” MASCARPONE

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    How about this beauty for your July 4th.  Not only beautiful and festive but deeeelishious!

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    BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE CAKE WITH FRANGELICO CREAM (AMERICAN/GREEK FUSION)

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    So I tried to come up with something for the 4th of July weekend for dessert that I could incorporate a little Greek into.  The Greeks love their yogurt,  fruit and nuts in their dessert and this is what I came up with.  Instead of putting nuts in I put almond liqueur in the cream.  […]

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    MONSTER ITALIAN BURGERS (AMERICAN/ITALIAN FUSION)

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    Are you looking to be the hit of your next barbecue?  Make these and you will be.  Serve with some grilled corn.

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    MARY’S ULTIMATE TURKEY STOCK

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    Take a little extra time the day before Thanksgiving and make this stock. It is so worth the trouble. Use it for your gravy and your stuffing.

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    PINEAPPLE MARGARITA

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    Sometimes you just need to switch up your margarita.  I had pineapple juice in the fridge so I put this one together and it’s delish!

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    PASSIONFRUIT MARGARITA

    Alcoholic Beverages

    Try this margarita for a nice change.  You can buy the passion fruit nectar at specialty grocery stores!

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    POMEGRANATE COSMOPOLITAN

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    Tangy and sweet, this is a wonderful cocktail to serve at any time of the year!

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    PORK CHOPS WITH BLACKBERRY BARBECUE SAUCE

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    This is my favorite barbecue sauce that I created.  Use fresh blackberries.  You can make this barbecue sauce as spicy as you want or not spicy at all.   I serve these pork chops with my Shaved Brussels Sprout and Beet Salad.

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    STRAWBERRY AND CHERRY SANGRIA

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    How’s this for a summer afternoon cocktail.  I switched this up a little from my regular sangria.  When I discovered elderflower liqueur a year ago I knew I had to put it in all my sangrias.  Make sure and let the sangria sit in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours to bring all the flavors of […]

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    SKINNY DECADENCE MARGARITA

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    This is my skinnied up version of the best margarita you will ever have.  Most margaritas have about 800 calories on average.  Mine has 371.

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    MANGO MARGARITAS

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    There’s nothing better than a mango margarita poolside in the summer.

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    BLACKBERRY BARBECUE SAUCE

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    I am still pinching myself that this barbecue sauce came out so great.  Goes well with pork and chicken.  Extremely unique sauce!  I was thinking about bottling it so you should feel lucky that I gave it to you.

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    POTATO SALAD

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    I have been making this potato salad most of my life.  It’s definately a crowd pleaser and it’s also light in calories and fat.

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    ROOT BEER BRAISED CHICKEN

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    I now it sounds strange but it’s fantastic.  Slightly sweet but extremely savory.  The chicken falls off the bone in this delicious sauce.

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    GINGER SHRIMP KEBOBS

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    These are great for barbecues as you can marinate them ahead of time, put them on skewers and then put them on the grill when your guests arrive.  Nice sweet and tangy flavor!

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    KOBE CHEESEBURGER TART

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    If you’re looking for a kid friendly meal that you can make ahead, this recipe will work for you.  Not only is the presentation beautiful but your kids will love it!

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    RIBEYE WITH SMOKEY IRISH WHISKEY SAUCE

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    Now here is the dish you need to be making for your significant other on St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s extremely flavorful.  Serve it with my Slam Dunk Irish Potatoes with Bacon a nd Cabbage

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    SLAM DUNK IRISH POTATOES WITH BACON AND CABBAGE “COLCANNON STYLE”

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    Me Irish roots are comin out with this one!  It’s the luck of the Irish that makes these potatoes so good, that’s why I called them a “slam dunk”.  The are rocking my world right now.  Serve them with my Ribeye with Smokey Irish Whiskey Sauce”.

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    BEER AND CHEDDAR FONDUE WITH PRETZEL RODS

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    This recipe has a strong flavor and is perfect for pretzel rods.  The stronger the cheddar cheese you use the stronger the flavor will be.  Goes well with beer and football!

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    BAKED CHINESE FIVE SPICE SUPERBOWL WINGS (AMERICAN/CHINESE FUSION)

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    Superbowl is right around the corner so I started digging in my fridge for things to put on wings.  Had some leftover pear jelly and five spice from that delicious apple pie I made and decided to make Chinese Five Spice wings but baked instead of fried.  OMG if you don’t make these this superbowl […]

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    PEAR, BACON AND GORGONZOLA SALAD WITH BUTTERMILK DRESSING

    Cold Salads

    This is a decadent salad with some of my favorite combinations such as bacon and gorgonzola.  The dressing is simply delicious!

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    ROSEMARY, THYME AND PANCETTA WRAPPED CHICKEN LEGS

    Chicken/Poultry

    If you’re looking for something very pleasing to the eye and mouthwatering, make these grilled chicken legs.  Delicious and unique to look at.

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    CHICKEN ENCHILADAS IN A CREAMY POBLANO SAUCE

    Chicken/Poultry

    My favorite chicken enchiladas are in Phoenix from “Carlos Obriens” and are soooo good.  I made these and thought I’d died and gone to Mexico!  Quite Yummy!

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    TROPICAL COCONUT PARFAITS

    Custards/Puddings
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    If you love anything tropical you will enjoy these.  A cross between panna cotta and mousse with fresh fruit.

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    CHINESE FIVE SPICE APPLE AND PEAR CRISP (AMERICAN/CHINESE FUSION)

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    This is a wonderful warm dessert to make on a snowy day.  I received a large basket of pears and apples from Harry & David for Christmas and used them for this dish!

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