Rum Raisin Squares

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes Music Selection: Meditation Melodies – Afternoon Tea Music The other night, over conversation with some friends we came to realize that the men in our group all had a strong like for raisins in desserts – raisin tarts, raisin pie and definitely raisins in rice pudding. Having a bag of…

Fresh Herb & Mushroom Pasta

Time: 30 minutes This recipe is definite soul and comfort food. It is like eating fresh mushroom soup pasta. While you can make this with dried herbs, it is soooo much better if you can get fresh herbs and use heavy, rich cream. I’ve paired it with Angels, as this type of food truly mixes…

Jalapeno Popper Appetizers

Time: 45 minutes This is another very simple and super tasty recipe, particularly if you like a bit of heat. They will make your mouth “pop with flavor”. They can be a bit messy to eat, so have napkins handy. Music Selection: Men Without Hats – Pop Goes the World Ingredients: 5 jalapeno peppers 1…

Irish Mashed Potatoes & Cabbage (Colcannon)

Time: 30 minutes Music Selection: The Rumjacks – Home This Irish mashed potato recipe is one that is comfort food. It is often served at pubs. I like it as a twist on our regular mashed potatoes, as it is tasty and adds some extra vegetables into it. It is great as a side dish…

Creamy Lemon Pasta

Time: 30 minutes This pasta is amore… so easy, so delicious, so very creamy and cheesy. Music Selection: Dean Martin – That’s Amore Ingredients: 8 oz angel hair or spaghettini pasta 1 lemon, zest and juice 2/3 cup heavy cream 4 Tbsp butter 3 oz parmesan cheese 1 clove garlic, minced ½ tsp dried chili…

Bourbon & Dill Shrimp Appetizer

Time: 20 minutes I have made this recipe easily a dozen times as it is so easy and so very tasty. It comes from a skillet recipe book that I have, but it is such a sophisticated appetizer, I paired it with the theme from the Godfather. Truly for the suave and debonair… Music Selection:…

Bacon, Potato & Kale Soup

Time: 1 hour This was an insane week – our stove shorted out and we have to wait 2 weeks to get replacement parts!!! So, we are using our BBQ and crockpot a lot this week! Wanting to have something healthy, we decided to make this soup on the burner on our BBQ… and it…

Dill Pickle Soup

Time: 30 minutes Growing up in the ’70s – this song was played at every wedding, resulting in a mass group of people doing the polka! I haven’t heard it in years, but I made this delicious soup (which we love to have at a local Eastern European Restaurant) and it jogged my memory –…

Creamy Cheesy Grits

Time: 20 minutes “Hold on tight and let the flight begin” – words from the theme song of one of my favorite James Bond movies – Roger Moore is my favorite Bond… These creamy cheesy grits are amazing for breakfast, brunch or a side dish. For a breakfast cheat, you can make them the night…

Creamy Shrimp Alfredo

Time: 20 minutes This is a quick, healthy seafood pasta dish that is deliciously filling. Inspired by the pasta, I am pairing it with Patrizio Buanne in this funny tune that is a dialogue between a mother and a daughter who wants her mom to find her a husband because the “moon is in the…