What is your favorite cookie, the one you just have no power to resist? Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons have become my weakness. I first tasted this cookie at the home of my friend Allison.  She made a batch for our visit and at first bite I was hooked. Allison graciously shared her recipe and they have been my go to cookie ever since.  Recently I took a plate of them to a dinner party and they were a huge hit. I made a large platter.  I often over bake!?  Happily, guests took some home.  The next day, my friends were chatting in a group text about rationing the remaining bits of their cookies because they so enjoyed them.  I’m constantly asked for this recipe. So, here you go friends… the recipe you have all asked for.  

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  • Kevin Horcher - If the cookies we bake using this recipe are only half as good as the one’s Sally made and brought to our house, we will be ecstatic! And yes, I have never really enjoyed coconut either, until tasting these truly delicious macaroons. Thanks for sharing the recipe.ReplyCancel

    • admin - You are so welcome my dear friend!ReplyCancel

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Many years ago my Mom added a New Orleans gumbo to the daily lunch menu in her restaurant. Since then, it’s been a popular dish that people line up for.  She gave me the recipe years ago but honestly, (true confession) I’ve never made it.  This week I decided to give it a try.  Mardi Gras is right around the corner and this is the perfect dish for the celebration. Her recipe includes chicken but does not include shrimp. Of course I had to change it up just a bit.  I wanted to add shrimp and I lightened the seasonings a bit for my gang that like things on the mild side.

I was curious about what the difference was between étouffée and gumbo.  What I found was that gumbo is a mix of vegetables and meat or shellfish with thickened stock. It’s traditionally served as a soup alongside rice that’s cooked separately. Unlike gumbo, which is considered a soup because of it’s thinner consistency. Étouffée’s a main course, made of one type of shellfish (crawfish or shrimp, for instance) that’s been smothered in a thick sauce and sometimes served ladled over rice.

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This post is my way of bidding farewell to winter. Even though this has been the easiest winter I can remember I’m still over it.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a nice long spring, easing us into summer.  It seems here in Chicago we go right from the dead of winter into mid summer.  I’m NEVER ready.

I love that citrus season is at its peak in February. It’s like a little reminder that there’s abundant sunshine somewhere. 

I’m sharing two of my favorite desserts to make with this season’s citrus. One is made with almond flour which I think adds a unique texture and flavor to anything it’s used in. Making my own almond milk is next on my list.  I hear its super easy and the difference is delicious. View full post »

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When I discovered Kiss Melons I was inspired to come up with something new to make with it. I’ve made melon salads and melon balls wrapped in prosciutto and I know that adding sweet and savory together can become something special.  I decided to add Kiss Melon to a classic grilled cheese sandwich to create a new taste sensation. I’m going to ask you to trust me on this one. The first time I tasted this sandwich I instantly thought it was easily the best grilled cheese sandwich I have ever eaten. Melon in a grilled cheese sandwich is life changing.  Kiss melon is a bit sweeter than a cantaloupe but you could easily swap in your favorite melon. tableanddish_grilledcheese-9929View full post »

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The boys have come and gone. The house is quieter now. Thanksgiving was a just a blink it happened so fast.  I miss having my family all together.  Their presence in the house makes everything seem festive. Great food, music and many hugs.

I wrote this post before thanksgiving for Heinen’s to feature an alternative to cooking Turkey for the holiday.  With all the chaos I forgot to publish it here on my site.  I’m posting it now though because it was probably one of the best dishes I’ve ever made.  I had never tried to cook duck before Heinen’s asked me to try it.  The sauce I prepared was amazing if I do say so myself.  My family asked if we could just put it on everything we make.

I hope this will be one of the recipes my kids go back to again and again when they use this blog as their family recipe book.

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