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Shoe Polish Chocolate Cake

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Is this the bestest name you've ever seen?   This dark and lovely cake gets its rich lusciousness from unsweetened (baking) chocolate and brown sugar.  Not coffee, as many dark chocolate cakes utilize to enhance color and flavor.  Extremely moist and delicious, with a hint of sweetness.  No need for icing, frosting, glaze, ganache nor any other topping you can possibly imagine.  I brought a few pieces to work, and not a crumb was left.




Lemon-Kissed Honey Rosemary Chicken

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I was planning to grill yet again, but due to my usual impeccable timing, the heavens opened up just as I was about to crank up the BBQ.   So I made my second choice.  Which made me forget about the first choice.  Good thing, since the sun came out just as dinner was plated.  Oh, well.  Tomorrow's another day.

Lemon-Kissed Honey Rosemary Chicken
Adapted from The Rachael Ray Show
Yield:   4 Servings
2 Tbl. Olive oil, divided
4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
2 pinches each kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper, divided
1/4 cup honey
1 large sprig rosemary leaves
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbl. Dijon mustard
grated rind of 1 lemon

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add olive oil, wait 10 seconds, then add chicken breasts in a single layer.  Sprinkle evenly with a pinch each of the salt and pepper.

Cook 5-6 minutes, or until browned.  Using tongs, flip breasts and sprinkle evenly with remaining salt and pepper.  Continue to cook 5-6 minutes, or until browned.  Transfer chick…

Green Peanut Butter Smoothie - Easy

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Is eating clean still a thing?  Because this smoothie is clean.  Very clean.  Except for the mess if you use a food processor instead of a blender.  

The Green Peanut Butter Smoothie is a sneaky way to get veggies into your kids.   But one taste, and you'll find excuses to keep it for yourself for breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up.

And that's not even the best part of this delicious smoothie! 

Mind-Blowing Beef in Lemon Wine Sauce with Capers

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It's Passover this week, which to many most people means two choices:  meals served on matzoh, or meals with matzoh mixed in.  Nuh-uh, not in my house.   Here is an example of the kind of meals my family enjoy.  Ground beef, sauteed with mushrooms and other yummy add-ins, served over Passover-friendly spiral noodles made of potato and tapioca starches.  Perfect even if you don't celebrate Passover, but happen to have gluten issues.   A bit of wine reduction (which sounds fancy-schmancy, but really takes more time to say than to do) gives the flavor a grown-up kick.

The interesting thing about this recipe is that it came about totally by accident.

Spicy Cucumber Gazpacho Shooters

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Can you stand yet another company-worthy appetizer?   Serve this refreshing (emerald) jewel of a soup!

Smoked Salmon Mousse Cucumber Cups

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Having a few people over, but don't know what to serve?  With not much more than a twist of the wrist, make these dressed-to-impress canapes!

Baba Ganoush - A Traditional Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip

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Continuing with my testing appetizers for a dinner I am partially hosting, my latest experiment is baba ganoush.

Baba ganoush is a Middle Eastern dip.   Made with roasted eggplant, tahini, lemon juice, plus a few spices, baba ganoush is usually served with pita or another Middle Eastern bread.  Parsley is not a traditional ingredient, but I think it really adds to the flavor.