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Serving Washington, DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, Alexandria County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, Prince Georges County, Howard County, Charles County and the surrounding areas.

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July 23, 2018

I have to admit that I am not a big fan of watermelon myself, but it is a summer staple so I have been playing around with it a bit this summer. The more recipes I create, the more that I am enjoying it. So now I'm actually eating watermelon sometimes. I never thought that would happen. I've always loved the synthetic watermelon flavor in gum or candy, but not the fruit itself for some reason. 

One of the things that I like about watermelon is that it has a...

July 16, 2018

I know you can eat chicken salad all year, but I always crave it in the summer. The Waldorf chicken salad is a pretty classic style of this dish. I like to put it on an open faced bagel with a good piece of cheese on top and toast it for a chicken salad melt. It is also delicious on some greens as a salad. 

If the nuts and fruit aren't your style when it comes to chicken salad give something else try. Avocado and goat cheese with the chicken would be delicio...

June 2, 2017

There are so many wonderful things about summer foods. First, we get to enjoy so many fresh ingredients with all of the fruits and veggies that go straight from the farm to our homes. Or better yet, straight from the garden. Farmers markets are filled with delicious food that you just can't get the rest of the year. Those strong, fresh flavors mean that cooking can be simple. Just let the ingredients do the talking.

Second, food helps to define a lot of the...

April 7, 2017

 This recipe came about when I had a client request a grilled peach salad and with summer peaches around the corner, I thought this was a great time to share it. My client had previously had a grilled peach salad that she loved, but could not tell me what was in it. So I started searching through the internet to see what other people were throwing in their grilled peach salads. I came up with this delightful combo and topped it off with my Bacon Balsamic Vi...

February 24, 2017

With spring time comes the beautiful cherry blossoms. We are lucky to live close enough to DC that we can enjoy the cherry blossoms when they are in full bloom. In fact my husband proposed to me after running the Cherry Blossom 10 miler. Unfortunately that year the cherry blossoms were blooming later then expected so not many had oped up yet. OK, back to the topic at hand. After the cherry blossoms are gone, we of course get to enjoy delicious, juicy and he...

April 20, 2015

I can't believe it has been a month since my last post. Where has the time gone? Life and my business have gotten very busy, which is wonderful, but means fun tasks like my blog fall to the wayside. This is a cobbler that I made for a dinner party a couple of weeks ago. It is a combination of a bunch of recipes into something that I liked best. You can use any fruit you like with this recipe (within reason) so if you don't like blueberries try something els...

January 22, 2015

I'm always looking for new desserts to make for my clients and I recently came upon this one. I'm not a big cake eater but I gobbled this right up. In true fashion for any cook, I took a couple of different recipes and combined them to make something that I thought would be best. These are so cute, colorful and easy to serve to each person. They keep fairly well so that you can make then ahead of time. The recipe below makes 24 of them, that way if a guest...

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