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Chipotle Skirt Steak Nachos with Orange-Tomatillo Salsa

No Comments | Written on July 18, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Get ready to start the weekend with a recipe for gourmet nachos that is made to be shared.

Gather your friends for an end of the week happy hour and serve these nachos with a bottle of red wine.

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Pink Sangria for a Picnic in the Park

No Comments | Written on July 17, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

It is a proven, scientific fact that this refreshing summertime beverage tastes better when served in a canning jar.

Ok, that might not exactly be true, but it does make it much easier to take this Pink Sangria on a picnic!

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Chutney Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches

No Comments | Written on July 16, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

I have always been a fan of chicken salad for its versatility.  You can always go the healthy route and make this a high protein lunch over a bed of lettuce.  Of course, there’s always the option to serve it as a sandwich, nestled inside a flaky, buttery croissant.

I’ll let you guess which route I went with today’s recipe…

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Zucchini Bread Bundt

No Comments | Written on July 15, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Zucchini season is officially in full swing.  They are popping up in grocery stores, farmer’s markets and maybe even in your backyard garden.

When it comes to making zucchini bread, feel free to think outside the loaf pan or muffin tin.  If you ask me everything is better in a bundt!

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Muhammara – Roasted Red Pepper and Toasted Walnut Dip

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This is it, I have found my new favorite go-to party dip.  It’s easy to prepare, brimming with flavor, and unique!

This “Roasted Red Pepper and Toasted Walnut Dip” is a long way of describing “Muhammara” – a dip with Middle Eastern roots that is sure to be a hit at your next party.

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Coca-Cola Cake

2 Comments | Written on July 11, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

I made this Coca-Cola Cake for a very special person…my sister!

Today is her 30th birthday and we will be celebrating with a picnic in Central Park followed by some outdoor music by the New York Philharmonic.  I chose this recipe because it is a cake that can be easy transported in our picnic basket – I think she will love it!

Wow, I can’t believe my little sister is now in her thirties!  The best is yet to come and I know she will rock this decade even more than the last one.   Happy Birthday!!

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Beauty Food and Wellness Day 2014

1 Comment | Written on July 10, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Welcome back to day 4 of our summer culinary travel series!

After the hustle and bustle of Istanbul, I headed a few hours outside the city to Turkey’s first and only destination spa – The Richmond Nua Hotel.  Located on the shores of Lake Sapanca, this relaxation haven is focused on health and wellness while offering exceptional luxury service.

There’s no need to worry about your waistline when vacationing at Richmond Nua because the hotel and spa offers a unique “Beauty Food” menu.  These light, healthy and balanced dining options are designed not only to nourish your body, but let your inner beauty shine through.

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Turkish Delight

2 Comments | Written on July 9, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Today we continue our summer travel series with an exotic international destination – Turkey!  As you assemble your travel “bucket list” I highly suggest putting Istanbul near the top.  This cosmopolitan city is a bustling intersection of the world, overflowing with history, stunning beauty, and, of course, spectacular cuisine.

In short, it’s a Turkish Delight…

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Disney for Foodies: 5 New Dining Options

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Welcome back to day two of our summer culinary travel series!  Yesterday we were in the wine country of California, and now we are going to hop all the way across the country to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Of course, Disney World will always be an iconic location for family travel, but it is also quickly becoming a food-lovers travel destination as well.  I recently went back to Walt Disney World and explored five of their new dining options.  Make sure to add one or all of these to your next itinerary!

1)  Spice Road Table at Epcot

This is a brand new dining option at the Morocco pavilion inside Epcot.  The menu is Mediterranean small plates with a waterfront view that is second to none.

Tip:  Arrive around 7 or 7:30 for a leisurely meal.  Order a pitcher of the sparkling sangria to share and then linger at your table until the Epcot IllumiNations fireworks show.  You will have a front row seat to the spectacular display while sipping a fantastic evening cocktail!

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Touring Sonoma Wine Country

No Comments | Written on July 7, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

All week here on “The Daily Dish” I am excited to share with you a new culinary travel story every day!

For the past couple of months I have been criss-crossing the US and even the world tasting and exploring all along the way.  I can’t wait to share photos, stories and, of course, recipes from the adventures!

Today I am thrilled to share with you the experience of touring the Sonoma Wine Country, specifically Dry Creek Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley.    

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