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Chinese Noodle Salad With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Because the weather has been so hot, I decided to throw an Asian themed dinner party I called Dim Sum On The Deck where I mainly served Chinese take-out appetizers and beer. It’s a fun party to host because you can spend most of your energy on party decorating and leave the cooking to your favorite local Chinese take-out place,… Continue reading Chinese Noodle Salad With Spicy Peanut Sauce

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How To Make Beautiful Zinnia Sugar Cookies For Mother’s Day

Flowers and Mother’s Day have always gone together like peanut butter and jelly. Back in the day, moms would get corsages to wear to church on the second Sunday in May to proudly proclaim their family’s appreciation and affection. And these days sending a bouquet to your mother continues to be a classic way of honoring… Continue reading How To Make Beautiful Zinnia Sugar Cookies For Mother’s Day

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Auld Lang Syne and Fizzy Lifting Drinks

At the risk of sounding like a party pooper, I have to confess that I have never been a fan of New Year’s Eve. The countdown to midnight culminating in the drunken frenetic jubilation as the ball drops has always felt a bit contrived and forced to me. Maybe it’s because I’m partied out after Christmas,… Continue reading Auld Lang Syne and Fizzy Lifting Drinks

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A Modern Italian Christmas Eve Fish Dinner

While I love discovering new things, I am a traditionalist at heart. This means that for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, I serve the same main entrees every year. As an Italian, Christmas Eve has its own traditional menu. This celebration, La Vigilia di Natale (The Vigil of the Birth), is also known as The… Continue reading A Modern Italian Christmas Eve Fish Dinner