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Creamy Key Lime Pie

One of my favorite summertime desserts of all time has to be “Key Lime Pie”. I love the tartness of the lime against the sweet sugar. I had it for the first time several years ago while dining at “Morton’s Steak House” in Kansas City.  I’m not lying when I share that I was sold with my first bite.   Ever since I’ve worked to recreate the recipe and I think I may have come close with this one.  Key limes are not the easiest thing to come by in my neck of the woods, so I opt for regular limes, but if you can find them by all means use them instead.  Oddly enough “Morton’s” recipe can now be Googled but it requires a bit more work so I feel pretty comfortable in sticking with mine.  Whether you opt to make this or “Morton’s” version, I assure you that your taste buds will be delighted. Do enjoy!

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Simple Grilled Beef Ribs with Ginger and Soy

Last week I bought some short ribs and began perusing my cookbooks for ideas.  I came across a recipe in the “Williams & Sonoma – Meats and Poultry” cookbook that looked like it might work.  Although there were some things I changed up a bit just to suit my own tastes.   First their recipe called for white sugar as the initial rub.  I really wanted something slightly more intense, so I opted for dark brown sugar.  Their recipe also called for ¼ cup sesame oil.  I reduced that to 2 tsp because I find sesame oil to be exceptionally strong, and if used in excess, tends to overpower all the other flavors.  Last I added some lime to add some extra zing.    The result was fantastic and a definite keeper of a recipe!  Enjoy!

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Pasta Primavera with Grilled Vegetables

Here’s an easy summertime pasta recipe that is healthy and delicious.  It makes use of some wonderful vegetables and is sure to please most anyone.  This recipe gives 6 people a fairly generous portion and is very versatile should you want to switch out the vegetables for something you prefer. The thing that sets this apart from other traditional primavera dishes is the grilling of the vegetables. Yes, it is an extra step but I promise you the flavor that’s gained from the grill is well worth the extra time. Do enjoy and I’d love to hear all about your favorite pasta dish!

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Ciabatta Bread Pizza with Fontina, Sausage and Fresh Sage

Last night I was experiencing one of those instances where I knew I wanted something to eat but didn’t want to eat the same old thing.  After some serious pondering I realized whatever I made had to include the loaf of Ciabatta bread that was soon to go bad.  So I landed on Ciabatta pizza with sausage, onions, fontina cheese and sage.    Now I am all about making my own dough, but I will tell you that the Ciabatta bread works just as well. The only thing I would do differently would be to toast the bread first. The pizza was absolutely delicious but did become a little soggy from the sauce. So toasting it beforehand would eliminate that issue. Otherwise this was a really simple and tasty dish that I know you’re going to love….

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Homemade Grilled Beefy Steak Burgers

Yesterday was a gorgeous day that would not have been complete without putting something on the grill and enjoying dinner on the patio. I had bought a sirloin over the weekend and decided to make my own burgers.  If you’ve never made your own hamburgers it’s really quite simple and does not require the purchase of a meat grinder. More importantly the burgers have this great beefy flavor and are incredibly juicy.  I chose to make Bacon Blue Cheese burgers because Craig really loves them, but obviously you can top them with whatever you choose.  So if you have a few extra minutes give this simple recipe a try; you’ll be glad you did…

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