Category Archives: Cooking at Home with Karie Engels

Just Spices’ Cucumber Gazpacho

Spice up your Saint Patrick’s Day Menu with a spring favorite. This time of year isn’t only about celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day. Spring will arrive in a few days, and as it approaches we begin planning our garden footprint, purchasing seeds or seedlings and setting our menu flavors to a lighter, fresher fare. This recipe is light, refreshing,  and a

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Delectable Gluten-Free Brownie Recipes for the Holiday Dessert Table

Whether you choose to avoid gluten due to allergies, or want to bake a batch of everyone’s favorite treat for the holiday season, Blends by Orly has you covered. They have sent us these two delectable brownie recipes – one for Chocolate Chip Blondies and one for Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies – that are rich, delectable and gluten-free, to share with our readers.

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Chef Kamran Naseem’s Filet and Brussel Sprout Medley

As winter approaches and the nights lengthen, date night makes a comeback. Baby, it’s getting cold outside and winter nights in front of a warm fire are on the list. Grab a bottle of red, spend the night “in” with your love and create an intimate moment for two. Manhattan’s Reserve Cut, has just welcomed a new Michelin-starred executive chef, Kamran Naseem, and

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Cheese Ravioli with Honey-Garlic Bourbon Sauce

Making pasta for the family isn’t as daunting as it sounds. It’s involved and takes a bit of time, but the recipe is simple. The more you practice and your technique evolves, you will find yourself mulling over creative and delicious ways to enhance future dishes. The following link is directed to a previous post for making fresh pasta. how to

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An Evening In with Dinner and Cocktails

If you haven’t finalized your dinner menu for Valentine’s Day, I have a gorgeous culinary creation and a cocktail or two to add to your list of possibilities. Butterflied Rib Steak by Marcus Bawdon ~ When I first found Marcus’ site, CountryWoodSmoke, I was originally drawn in by the photography and stayed for the delectable recipes. The carnivore in me

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Celebrate the Flavors of New Orleans this Mardi Gras Season

Celebrating the end of the season of Carnival, Mardi Gras has been a state holiday in Louisiana since the 19th century. Steeped in rich traditions, New Orleans is a city full of sights, sounds, and flavors that you can bring into your home this Mardi Gras season. Even if you have never been to New Orleans, you can introduce the

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Holiday Gifts Made with Love

Storefronts, sidewalks, street signs and aisles at the local markets are brimming with holiday gift ideas and sights and smells that Christmas brings. It’s simple to choose a gift from the shelf or to browse catalogs and have an item dropped to a friend’s front porch. Simple yes, personalized?  No. When I was a child, one of my favorite gift

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Grilling Tips and Tricks and Yummy Grilled Pizza

Despite the day noted on the calendar, my husband Neil as well as our older boys won’t hesitate to fire up the grill- winter, spring, summer and fall. During the comfortable days of spring, summer and fall it’s our daily companion for meal preparation. When the snow begins to fly it is relocated into our garage for winter use.  Our grill is no respecter of seasons. There’s

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