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Apricot Clafoutis

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My mom is the best chef I know. When I asked her for her clafoutis dessert recipe,  she sent me her delicious apricot version that she makes for our family and close friends along with some great chef’s tips and wine suggestions that I”m sharing here for my readers.  Clafoutis is a dessert that comes from the Limousin region of France. It’s similar to an oven baked puff pancake and is very easy to make. Traditionally, clafoutis is made with

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wildwinewoman_Homemade-Tomato-Soup

Tomato Basil I Heart You Soup

 

As I find I have less and less time to prepare fresh meals during the week,  my search has grown to find recipes that are  simple to make but don’t consist of opening a box and boiling contents for a meal.  Real Simple and The Nest are two of my favorite websites for finding delicious, easy prep recipes.

Here is a great Valentine’s Day Recipe that is simple

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WildWineWoman Loxton Strawberries Chocolate Pairing

Wine and Chocolate Pairing

After a weekend in Napa and a stop at the Vintage Sweet Shoppe on Main Street, I wanted to recreate the experience at home of pairing wonderfully delicious chocolate with different wines. What makes chocolate and wine the quintessential pairing?  Wine and chocolate both have notes. Chocolate can be bitter, rich, nutty, fruity- just to name a few. Contrary to popular belief, wine and chocolate are not

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Wild Wine Woman Home Made Easy Bruschetta

Homemade Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

Welcome to my table! It’s in my bones to cook Italian and Mediterranean style dishes. Why I love Italian cuisine is because the simplest, purest ingredients can make the most delicious dishes. The antipasto course begins the ritual of any large Italian meal and jumps off the dining experience. Traditionally, it’s followed by not one, but two courses and then dessert!  But, if your antipasto is large, you can always skip the multiple courses.

This week, I made a delicious bruschetta (pronounced bru-sket-a) with grilled Pugliese bread and roasted cherry tomatoes with herbs and garlic. You can use anything from

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Simple and Easy Roasted Tomato Side or Starter

Roasted Tomatoes with Pesto

Roasted Tomatoes with Pesto and Garlic

The recipe is from Barefoot Contessa and it’s an absolutely delicious starter, side or a great substitute if you crave pizza, but are trying to stay away from carbs.  My secret ingredient to this recipe is

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Caprese Salad

I’ve made many caprese salads in my day. And if anything, I’ve learned that there are over a dozen types of tomatoes you can try including on the vine, pearl, heirloom, plum, cherry, grape, roma, and even yellow. The trick to a great caprese salad is

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Tuscan Chicken

Tuscan Chicken

Over the long Labor Day weekend, I had the time to look over some of the cookbooks that were collecting dust on my book shelf to see what I could try that was new. I came across a cookbook that one of my girlfriends had given me called,

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Pork Milanese

Pork Milanese

I have always been drawn to cooking Italian food. One of the reasons I love Italian cuisine is that you can make some incredible dishes with very few ingredients. The other thing I love is

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turkey meatloaf

turkey meatloaf

 

My mom is an amazing chef and artist. When my sister Elisabeth was pregnant with her first baby, my mom hand carved a watermelon into a baby carriage for the shower. The thing was enormous and decorated with skewers of fruit—enough to regulate an army of troops.

So then you can imagine my fear of what she would think of my own cooking and presentation skills when my dad informed her that I had a food and wine blog. I received an email from my father that went something like this:

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Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

As a busy career girl, I have found out two things about myself. One being that I’m usually over ambitious with my cooking during the week and there are nights where canned turkey chili is perfectly acceptable and two

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