white chocolate bark

Chocolate bark is fast & simple to make at home and can be customized with a variety of toppings. Pick your favorite chocolate — milk, semi-sweet, bittersweet, and even white . . . Dress it up with dried fruits, nuts, or other toppings such as pretzels, crumbled cookies, mints, cereals, or even sprinkles. This festive treat will wow your guests and would also make a great hostess gift!

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the modern grilled cheese


When there’s a chill in the air, we head to the kitchen to whip up something comforting and toasty to help keep us warm. What could be better than a grilled cheese sandwich?

For years . . . the traditional grilled cheese sandwich has been a simple, tasty treat.  These days however, with the popularity of cooking shows and celebrity chefs, it has undergone a gourmet makeover!  No longer limited to American or cheddar cheese melted on white bread . . . the modern grilled cheese features artisanal cheeses, fresh breads, specialty spreads and preserves, and fresh fruits and produce.  While I welcome these refinements, some things must not change……

the cheese has to be ooey, gooey and the sandwich has to be eaten with a bowl of creamy tomato soup!

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pesto pizza with chicken, mozzarella, and sun-dried tomatoes

Making gourmet pizza at home is easier than you think . . . and a lot of fun, too! The beauty of making it yourself is that there’s more flexibility so you can add all your favorite toppings and it’s usually less expensive than at the pizzeria. After a few tries . . . you’ll probably be hooked and won’t want to wait for your pizza to be delivered!

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dried cherry brownies with port ganache glaze

I prefer moist, fudgy brownies and this recipe is my new favorite!  Three types of chocolates are used in these decadent brownies — cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate chips in the brownie batter . . . dark chocolate in the ganache.  Dried cherries are added to give the brownies a tart and fruity taste.  Port (a Portuguese fortified wine) is used to macerate the dried cherries and to boost the flavor of the ganache topping. Serve the brownie with a scoop of ice cream for the ultimate indulgence. 

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lobster rolls

For many Americans, Monday’s Labor Day holiday marks the unofficial end of summer. Don’t let these last carefree days quietly slip away without a proper send-off. Celebrate with a backyard party or a picnic at the beach or park. Keep it casual, yet festive by serving lobster rolls with corn on the cob, potato chips, and brownies for dessert. Doesn’t that sound like a perfect feast to mark the end of a fun-filled summer?

Lobster Rolls (sandwiches filled with sweet and succulent lobster meat) are most popular in the New England states — especially Maine, Connecticut and Eastern Long Island.  There are two ‘schools of thought’ when it comes to serving lobster rolls: warm or cold . . . In Connecticut, lobster rolls are served warm, with just a drizzle of butter.  In Maine and in Long Island, mayonnaise is either spread on the inside of the bread or mixed with the lobster by itself and in some cases with diced celery and herbs.

strawberry, mango, and kiwi ice pops

healthy and refreshing strawberry, mango, and kiwi ice pops

Summer’s starting to wind down, but there’s still plenty of sunshine and warm weather.  Here’s a kid-friendly ice pop to beat the heat!

To take advantage of the fresh fruits of summer, make this triple-layer Ice Pop with Strawberry, Mango, and Kiwi. Try it yourself as is or substitute your own favorite fruit but be sure to pick seasonal fruit at their peak of flavor to minimize the amount of added sugar. Limited only by your imagination . . . kids & adults alike will be giddy with anticipation for our popsicles!

To read the rest of the article and to get the recipe for these colorful popsicles, click the link to follow me over to A Lucky Life blog.

strawberry, mango, and kiwi ice pops

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market fresh summer salad

Take advantage of the season’s best produce and prepare a simple, one-dish meal on a hot day – perhaps without even turning on the stove. There really aren’t any rules — just toss your favorite fruits or vegetables in the salad dressing of your choice and you’re done!

This salad is full of summer’s best produce – fresh corn, tomatoes, avocado, and string beans. To read the rest of the article and get the recipe, click the link to follow me over to A Lucky Life blog.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer!

~ Daisy

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“red, white, and blue” berry shortcake

Red, White, and Blue-Berry Shortcake

The warm and sunny days of July means that a variety of fruits are plentiful and at their peak of flavor. One of my favorite summer fruits is the strawberry – and I can’t think of a better way to showcase it than in a shortcake!

This classic American dessert is a great addition to your holiday picnic menu. To get the recipe for the shortcake, with a little added twist, click the link to follow me over to A Lucky Life blog. Continue reading

a lucky life

I have some exciting news to share with you!  I have partnered with Lucky Brand, maker of vintage-inspired jeans, to provide exclusive content for their official blog, A Lucky Life.  Every month, I will be sharing my take on classic American recipes. My first post appears today so click on the link to read the full article and to check out my spin on s’mores, the beloved campfire treat.