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    Gartending: The Early Bird

    BY:Warren

      Oh Klaus.  Just the very mention of travel and he’s in got his suitcase packed and the plane tickets ready.  A trip to Florida brings his little terra-cotta mind to all things citrus related.  But what goes best with citrus fruits?  Of course Florida travel where Florida citrus just tastes better than any other […]

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    Gartending: Spring Fever Cure

    BY:Warren

      Klaus has spring fever.  Not only are the plants bursting out in lush green splashes of color, but also Klaus has love on his little terra-cotta mind.  You see Klaus tends to drink a bit too much during the day.  With the coming spring in the air, his libido is working overtime.  How do […]

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    A Bay Leaf Primer

    BY:Amy Smith Wexler

    The latin word Laurus means praise. Hence the term “to rest on one’s laurels” refers to reflecting on your past achievements. The greek word for the laurel tree is Daphene, named for the daughter of river god Peneus, who turned his daughter into a Bay Laurel tree to solve a very convoluted lovers spat between Cupid, Apollo and Daphene.

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    Gartending: Freshly Minted

    BY:Warren

    Gin is in for early spring!  Oh, please don’t get me wrong; it’s early spring- even though it doesn’t feel like it outside.  Klaus is most concerned about the tasty mint out in the garden.  Will the cold damage the mint?  Let’s ask the mint! Klaus:  “Will you get frost burned?” Mint:  “Yes” Klaus: “What […]

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    Pasta Spinach Bake

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    This is a doubly great recipe because not only are you using the sauce, but this is a great time of year to find spinach at your local Farmers Market.

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    It’s All Greek

    BY:Josh and Brent

    When we do book signings we are often fortunate to have people bring us gifts of food from their own kitchen.  At a recent stop in Washington, DC, we met Elvira Garnett and her son, John.  They shared a delicious Greek cookie with us and we, in turn, convinced them to share the recipe with […]

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    Gartending: Syrupy Sweet

    BY:Warren

      A lovely Spring Cocktail should entice the imbiber towards the more herbaceous flavors of the season.  As a young man, I remember making tinctures of the aromatic leaves of the eucalyptus tree and preserving them in gin or vodka for use during times of stress or duress.   Simple sugar syrup would be added to […]

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    Ginger Rose Custard Cups, with Mango topping

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Who says last minute fixes can’t be amazing and elegant? Custards and Pots de Creme are super simple to make. And as long as you have eggs and cream on hand, you can make nearly any variety with whatever flavorings are in your pantry or fridge.

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    Lamb Stew with Lemon & Green Olives

    BY:Josh and Brent

    This lamb stew, while hearty enough for the chill weather, has the wonderfully bright flavors of lemon and green olives.

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    Frosted Flakes Fried Chicken with Rosemary Honey Glaze

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Brent remembered some terrific fried chicken he’d had a long time ago that used plain cornflakes for the breading. Hmmmm….could using Frosted Flakes make it even G-R-R-R-R-R-E-A-T-er?

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