Sweet and Spicy Pecans and A World of Possibilities

Friday, December 31, 2010


Well, here we are again.  Another year gone by and I honestly didn’t see it coming.  Seriously.  Where did the time go?  They say that time flies when you’re having fun.  If that’s true, then 2010 must have been one helluva nonstop party.  Too bad I can’t remember it!

I don’t usually make a lot of New Year’s resolutions.  Been there, done that.  I find that I usually break most of them by the end of January, and then spend the rest of the year beating myself up over it.  Who needs that kind of pressure?  I mean, I know that I’m never going to hoof it to the gym at 6:00 a.m. three times a week.  Almost everyone who knows me, knows it too.  So why set myself up for failure?    Instead, I try to set a few goals that I want to achieve, and work toward them in small, realistic increments.  I probably won’t be making many any pre-dawn visits to the gym. But, I might take Bella for an extra walk around the block from time to time.

The past twelve months have been a mixture of bitter and sweet for me.  I’ve had some wonderful new opportunities come my way, like my gigs writing for Edible Sarasota Magazine and the Tampa Tribune.  I’ve also had some not so wonderful things happen in my life, but I won’t bore you with the details.  A new year is on the horizon and that means a fresh start and a world of possibilities.  I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be my year.  I can taste it!  And, I hope you’ll all come along for the ride.

The slideshow below features my favorite SGCC recipes of 2010.  I’ve chosen one from each month.  Some may be familiar to you and some may be new.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them with you.



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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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Sending you all my best wishes for a merry Christmas filled with peace, joy and love.  A little cheesecake would be nice too!   I’ll see if I can arrange that.

Russian Tea Recipe and Remembering Charlotte

Tuesday, December 14, 201043 Comments

Oh, the weather outside is frightful!  And, a fire would be so delightful – if there was one.   Since my fireplace remains in the same pristine state it was in when we built it fifteen years ago, (Don’t ask!), I’ve been looking for other ways to stay warm and …

FFwD: Leek and Potato Soup Recipe

Friday, December 3, 20108 Comments

One of this month’s rotation of French Fridays with Dorie recipes is Leek and Potato Soup.  As luck would have it, I just happened to have a surplus of potatoes and leeks that didn’t get used for Thanksgiving.  Poor little things!  They’ve been feeling lonely and unloved just sitting …

Turkey Barley Soup Recipe

Tuesday, November 30, 201015 Comments

I hope that all of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful one.   I, for one, am glad it’s over.  I don’t know about you, but for me, the Holidays are a mixed bag.  Between all the shopping, prepping and cooking, there is so much work (and stress) leading …

Daring Bakers Make Crostata (Leftover Cranberry Chutney Crostata Recipe)

Monday, November 29, 20107 Comments

Ack!  I’ve done it again.  With all of the craziness of Thanksgiving and my life in general, I completely forgot that Saturday was the reveal date for the November Daring Bakers challenge.  It wasn’t until I opened my reader last night and saw all of the DB posts that …

A Fabulous Little Cranberry Chutney Recipe and a Great, Big Rant

Tuesday, November 23, 201059 Comments

Sometimes my life feels like a bad episode of the Twilight Zone.  It’s like I live in Bizzaroland!  Seriously.  I seem to have a knack of getting myself into situations where sometimes all I can do is thwack myself on the head in disbelief at the lunacy that surrounds …

La Tavola della mia Famiglia: Turkey Cutlets alla Milanese

Sunday, November 21, 201011 Comments

As a little girl, I perceived my mother’s kitchen as a mysterious and intriguing place where sights and smells and sounds converged to become yummy things for me to eat.    Of course, I understood nothing about the art and science of cooking.   I only knew that after the swooshing …

What are YOU Serving for Thanksgiving?

Thursday, November 18, 201029 Comments

Can you believe it?  Thanksgiving is barely one short, little week away.  How did this happen?  I know that time marches on, but lately it feels like it’s been stampeding by!  I’ve been trying to plan my Thanksgiving menu, and it hasn’t been easy.  My problem isn’t deciding what …

TWD: Cranberry Lime Galette

Tuesday, November 16, 20108 Comments

Wowie, wow, wow, WOW!!!  Dorie’s Cranberry Lime Galette packs a huge wallop!  To be honest, I didn’t expect such a bold, “in your face” punch of flavor – but I got one.  This galette is the simplest thing in the world to make, but make no mistake, there’s nothing …

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