Spanish Coffee Cocktail with Brandy
Creative Culinary
by Barb
3w ago
For a totally different experience with a coffee cocktail, this Spanish Coffee Cocktail with Brandy is a must try; absolutely swoonworthy with the flavors of orange and brandy. Although winter officially starts in December, in Colorado I think of real winter as January and February when the biting cold really calls for a warming cocktail like this Spanish Coffee Cocktail with Brandy. It doesn’t help that I am a died in the wool, staunch environmental conservationist and while my home is pretty tight and my utility bills manageable, I continue to keep my thermostat set pretty low. I think I do ..read more
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Roasted Poblano Pepper and Corn Soup
Creative Culinary
by Barb
5M ago
Roasted Poblano Pepper and Corn Soup is mellow, sweet from the corn, and spicy with chile peppers; one of my favorites especially served with some fried tortilla strips. I can’t believe it’s been six years since I first posted this Roasted Poblano Pepper and Corn Soup and admit I forgot about it. Now that I’ve got some fresh chiles and great corn on the cob; I needed to make it again and even more than that, I needed new photos. Most of the posts I did within the past 6-8 years pass muster even if I’m not crazy about all of them but the originals for this post disappointed me from the getgo s ..read more
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Baklava Cheesecake
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by Barb
7M ago
Baklava Cheesecake with Pistachios and Honey Syrup is an amazing blend of two favorites; a luscious cheesecake and rich, crispy baklava pastry. My decision to make a Baklava Cheesecake with Pistachios and Honey Syrup was initially inspired by the fact that my local grocery store decided that Phyllo Dough was a good substitution for Puff Pastry in an order that was delivered to my home. They are not interchangeable and even I find this hard to believe; I had never purchased phyllo dough before! I had long wanted to make Baklava but it seemed far more difficult than it is and the warning about ..read more
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Homemade Sloppy Joes
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by Barb
7M ago
Think outside the can of Manwich and make these Homemade Sloppy Joes. Not only more delicious but almost as easy too! Several weeks ago, a friend of mine who manages a Facebook group that is very food-centric shared an article about Sloppy Joes. Now, this group is more inclined to discuss the history of foie gras or recipes for a dessert that would take hours to prepare so being reminded of something I loved as a kid inspired me to make my own Homemade Sloppy Joes. It hit me…how on earth that name? Seems it’s a simple answer. A guy named Joe who was a cook at a cafe in Sioux City, Iowa added ..read more
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Rosemary Collins Cocktail
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by Barb
9M ago
The Rosemary Collins Cocktail marries a Tom Collins with rosemary simple syrup and it’s light, delightful, and a great warm weather sipper! I have to admit, when I first made this Rosemary Collins Cocktail, it was for a holiday gathering; the rosemary seemed so appropriate. But I have since made other versions for the holidays and have enjoyed this version more during the warmer months when I have fresh rosemary in my garden. It is VERY similar to a classic Tom Collins, but with a hint of rosemary it’s light and refreshing and perfect for a warm summer afternoon. The truth is that a Rosemary ..read more
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Strawberry Ricotta Gelato Fizz
Creative Culinary
by Barb
9M ago
For a cool, creamy and delicious summer treat, these Strawberry Ricotta Gelato Fizz Cocktails really fit the bill; simply perfect! Hello it’s me…and yes, I’m still here! I don’t think I’ve ever gone so long between posts as have between my last one for a Pink Lady Cocktail and the one today for an amazing Strawberry Ricotta Gelato Fizz. I originally made and published this dessert a decade ago, it was time for both new photos and as important, introducing it to new readers, it really should not be hidden so far back in the archives. My long absence was predicated by an injured knee, setting u ..read more
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Pink Lady Gin Cocktail
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by Barb
11M ago
The Pink Lady Gin Cocktail is not as sweet as summer cocktails, it’s gently tart flavor is a balance of gin, applejack, lemon juice, and grenadine. The Pink Lady Gin Cocktail is a nice transition cocktail for this time of year. From the heavier drinks we imbibe during the winter months to warm weather drinks that focus on sweet, fruity variations, there is a period when I’m ready for change but not yet ready for cocktails featuring the fruits of the season. Rumored to have been a favorite among ladies during the 1930’s to 1950’s, it has a reputation of being created during prohibition. It was ..read more
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Greek Avgolemono Soup with Chicken and Lemon
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by Barb
11M ago
We love this Greek Avgolemono Soup with Chicken and Lemon. It is similar to chicken soup but made both flavorful and silky smooth with the addition of the avgolemono (lemon-egg mixture). I have one serious question after making this soup for the first time. Where have you been all my life? I think I am the Queen of Chicken Soup because my Chicken Soup with Dumplings is so good but this Greek Avgolemono (pronounced Ahvo-lemono) Soup with Lemon and Chicken and angel hair pasta is amazing. And not just pasta, the heart of this soup is the mixture of lemon and beaten egg that is added at the end ..read more
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Vodka, Blackberry & St. Germain Liqueur Cocktail
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by Barb
1y ago
This cocktail is a luscious combination of Vodka, Blackberries, Lemon, and St Germain liqueur. It’s beautiful too! When I first published this cocktail almost ten years ago, I named it The Caberet Cocktail, same as the restaurant where I first enjoyed the libation. Ten years later I know that no one is searching for it, the restaurant is even gone, so we’re here again, more organically as a Vodka, Blackberry & St. Germain Liqueur Cocktail It’s too good to be lost in the archives forever. I was sad to hear of the demise of Colt & Gray in downtown Denver, it was a beautiful place and we ..read more
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Tuscan Chicken with Parmesan Cream Sauce
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by Barb
1y ago
Tuscan Chicken with Parmesan Cream Sauce made in an Instant Pot with mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach is easy to make, quick to cook, and as delicious as any restaurant version. I’ve had an Instant Pot for a good while now and I do enjoy the appliance. I will never be the type to try and make everything in it, but if dishes turn out as spectacular as this Tuscan Chicken with Parmesan Cream Sauce, I’m excited. Not just to eat it but to also share it with my family, friends, and readers. While the biggest advantage can be time; with the recipes I make there is still a modicum of work ..read more
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