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Month: July 2009

Chocolate Cupcakes with Rich Chocolate Frosting

These cupcakes are rich and delicious! Chocolate Cupcakes:  (I used the Flour Bakery recipe.) 2 ounces chocolate (you can use unsweetened or semisweet) 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1 cup sugar 1 stick unsalted butter 1/3 cup water 1/2 cup milk 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla […]

Better than Brownie Cookie Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Yum, yum, yum, yum!  The classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter is successful yet again!  These cookie sandwiches are chewy, rich, and delicious.  Be wary of the urge to overfill–just a thin layer of peanut butter filling will do.  Overfill and you run the […]

Curried Chicken Salad

As I previously mentioned, I have been in search of low-fuss no-cook appetizers.  There is nothing worse than slaving over a hot oven in the middle of summer!  (That kind of heat makes me grumpy and that is no way to greet guests!)  Again, with […]

Caprese Kebabs

  For the past few weeks I have been looking for no-cook delicious appetizers for a low fuss girls’ only cocktail party.  Luckily, I had the opportunity to brainstorm recipes and ideas with editor Ashley Johnson.  Ashley had so many wonderful suggestions and fun ideas that […]

White Bean Salad

This salad is perfect for those nights when it is just too hot to cook.  It is not only simple to make, but also it is delicious.  The yogurt gives the dressing a bit of a creamy texture while balancing the punch of the vinegar and mustard.  I served this salad […]

Balsamic Marinated Pork Chops & Grilled Nectarines

I am always on the lookout for low fuss, delicious, and healthy weeknight suppers. What I especially love about this one is it takes advantage of the season’s bounty: nectarines AND it allows me to use my favorite pan: my grill pan!  Grilling the fruit really capitalizes on its sweetness and […]

Oatmeal Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I made these cupcakes for a cookout and they were a huge hit!  All of the children at the party found them and ravaged them before dinner was even served.  Then the adults followed suit!  I had to snag one for myself in order to […]

Broccoli Salad

I hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend!  The sun finally introduced itself to Bostonians after weeks of shyness—and it could not have been better timing.  It was a beautiful weekend to spend outdoors grilling, playing backyard games, and basking in the rays. My mother made this […]

Avocado, Corn, and Tomato Salsa

This salsa is a delicious addition to any cookout!  The flavors are so fresh.  It is a nice alternative to traditional chips and dip.  I like to serve it with assorted colored tortilla chips because it makes for a pretty presentation, however, traditional corn chips […]