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    RUM, CARAMEL, APPLE POTS DE CREME

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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

    Cold Salads
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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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    BAKED CHICKEN WITH APPLE CIDER BARBECUE SAUCE

    Chicken/Poultry
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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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    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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    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

    Cold Salads
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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)

    American/Greek
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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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    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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    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

    Cold Salads
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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

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

    American/Chinese
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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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    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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    MOLLY OLDCORN’S LEMON MERINGUE PIE

    Desserts
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    On my way to Sydney a couple of months ago I had a wonderful conversation with an “Aussie” and he told me his grandmother made the best lemon pie.  I took him up on his offer and he sent me the recipe.  I made it and it is delicious.  Unfortunately, the cookies she used for […]

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    BACON WRAPPED SHRIMP WITH JALAPENO AND FONTINA CHEESE

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    My husband made these for my birthday and they were so good I might have to have these every weekend.  Makes a great appetizer or even as an entree with a salad.

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    VANILLA BEAN CHEESECAKE WITH MEYER LEMON CURD SWIRLS

    Cheesecakes
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    I made this with homemade lemon curd.  The lemons came from my meyer lemon tree.  The combination of vanilla bean and lemon curd are simply decadent in this light dessert.  Hope you like it!

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    CHINESE FIVE SPICE AND AMARETTO APPLE PIE (AMERICAN/CHINESE FUSION)

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    The crust on my apple pie tastes like shortbread and the filling has a unique flavor from the amaretto and five spice.  Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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    CHOCOLATE SOUFLE AND PEANUT BUTTER MOUSSE S’MORES

    July 4th/Memorial Day
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    I took the concept of s’mores and turned this recipe into a formal dessert.

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    GRILLED CHICKEN KEBOBS WITH MANGO CHIPOTLE SAUCE

    Chicken/Poultry
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    This is a great recipe for summertime grilling.  The sauce is tangy and spicy.  Serve with a side of rice.

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    BUFFALO CHICKEN MAC AND CHEESE

    Chicken/Poultry
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    If you love Macaroni and Cheese and Buffalo Wings this is your recipe!

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