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Biltmore Estate

My friend and I took a gal pal road trip from Colorado to South Carolina recently. Along the way we passed the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.  A stop here is in order! Sally wakes up when “wine tasting” is mentioned. She doesn’t know what wine means but loves tasting. What a magnificent place! There […]

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls

The Mister and I made something new tonight, Vietnamese Spring Rolls. What we used: 8 Vietnamese rice paper wrappers 4-6 oz rice vermicelli, cooked according to package directions and rinsed and drained 12 medium cooked shrimp, cut in half lengthwise Mint leaves Shredded lettuce 1 large jalapeño, sliced thinly Micro greens Basil would have been […]

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Sausage, Roasted Garlic & Cheese-Stuffed Peppers

Oh, and…….bacon! The Mister has been craving these so it was what we had for dinner tonight. What I used: Jalapeños 6 oz of whipped cream cheese Roasted garlic cloves Italian sausage Bacon Beautiful jalapeños! I used 14 of them. Seeding the jalapeños. I like to use the whipped cream cheese because it’s easier to […]

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Happy Hour

This afternoon I visited with a friend (hi Lynn!). She put together a nice little appetizer spread to go with the wine. There were some stuffed olives plus bacon Ritz crackers which we spread with  cream cheese and a Aloha from Oregon Habanero pepper jelly (nirvana!). There was also some great dipping to be done […]

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Shrimp Cocktail

The Mister and I had a little celebration over at the Pueblo Country Club this afternoon. I have been looking forward to sitting in The Tavern and enjoying a vodka martini and shrimp cocktail.  The Mister had the Chicken Quesadilla (with Green Chiles, Tomatoes, Pepper Jack, Cheddar, Sour Cream, Guacamole and Salsa) which I did […]

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Fried Calamari

We had dinner out with some friends. We went to one of our favorite places, Tsunami Sushi, Wok & Grill.  Isaac is our favorite waiter there and although we were not seated in his section, he checked in to make sure we were doing ok. Isaac rocks. Hi Isaac! The Mister and I arrived much […]

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Antipasti & Pizza Party

We had some folks over on Saturday. They are friends of The Mister, from high school! We had a great time and of course, we ate too much. Two of our cats, the moment they realized that this was for realz and that folks really were coming in the front door. The bar was set […]

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Honey-Glazed Shoyu Chicken Wings

Ingredients: 1 1/2 lb chicken wings 6 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp honey 1 tbsp sesame oil 1 tbsp red pepper flakes 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Reserve some for brushing on chicken mid way through the cooking cycle. Place chicken in a Ziploc bag and […]

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Slow-Cooker Ribs & Wings

Dry-rubbed baby back  pork ribs and chicken wings are on the menu for Super Bowl Sunday. It was a several day cooking affair. Friday: I rubbed the ribs down well with super secret spices and then used my FoodSaver to seal it all up for 24 hours so that the meat could really take in […]

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PF Chang’s!

The Mister and I went up to Colorado Springs to have an early birthday celebration — The Mister’s birthday is actually on Monday. We haven’t been to a PF Chang’s since we lived in Portland and were pretty excited. I was salivating before I even hit the door. We started with the Tuna Tataki (slices […]

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