Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce

Cauliflower!  Sometimes I don’t think it gets the love and respect it deserves.  It’s kind of plain when you stack it up next to the showier veggies like asparagus and beets and broccoli, with all their bright colors.  So let’s give the humble cauliflower a little help.  As in, let’s steam it up until it is nice and tender, and then let’s drizzle it with an extravagant amount of blue cheese sauce and sprinkle it lovingly with chopped scallions.  Let’s do that.
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Chicken in Buttered White Wine Pan Sauce

Chicken, you old reliable stand-by, you.  You are always here for us…on those days when we are running in a million different directions all day long, and at the end of that long day we come home to a house full of people with hungry, expectant looks on their faces, you never let us down.  You are always, always reliable…but if I’m going to be totally honest, you CAN be just a teeny bit, well, boring.  Unless we cook you up with an easy, elegant buttered white wine pan sauce.  Then, chicken, you rock.
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An Uncommon Giveaway Part Three: Great Gifts for Mother’s Day!

It’s the third week of my Mother’s Day giveaway, thanks to my friends at the wonderful UnCommonGoods, and this week I have a beautiful, beautiful gift that is not only useful, but will tell your mama in no uncertain terms how much you love and adore her.  This gorgeous pewter measuring spoon set is called “A Mother’s Love Is Beyond Measure,” and we all know that truer words were never spoken.  And I have one of these lovely spoon sets to give away…more on that below, but first let’s take a closer look at them.
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& The Winner Is…

I knew you guys were going to love this cheese board from my friends at UnCommonGoods, but I didn’t realize how much you were going to love & love & love it.  I don’t know why I am surprised…it’s not only clever but it’s gorgeous, and is going to make someone a fabulous Mother’s Day gift.  Let’s find out who that lucky person is right now!
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Spring Vegetable Risotto with Poached Egg

I’m finally starting to believe that the Long Winter of 2014 might actually, really, potentially be over.  My mom’s daffodils are finally up.  I can see little tiny buds on our cherry tree.  The 12 foot mound of snow that has been in our driveway for months has melted into nothing.  And so visions of spring veggies are dancing in my head…and in this particular vision, they are nestled into a creamy risotto with a poached egg melting into the whole thing.  That’s a good vision, right?  Let’s make it a reality.
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Buttermilk Grilled Steak

One of my favorite, favorite, favorite recipes on this here site is the one for buttermilk grilled chicken, and I’ve gotten lots of emails from folks telling them that it is their favorite way to make grilled chicken too.  (It gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling to know that there’s a nice big posse of folks all united in their love of buttermilk grilled chicken.)  Anyway, I figured what’s good for the chicken might be good for the steak as well.  It couldn’t hurt to try, right?  Yep.  It definitely didn’t hurt.
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