& 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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An Uncommon Giveaway Part Two: Great Gifts for Mother’s Day!

It’s week two of my four week giveaway of fabulous Mother’s Day gifts from the equally fabulous UnCommonGoods, who has generously let me pick four goodies from their Mother’s Day collection to give to you.  Naturally I picked things that had to do with eating and drinking and cooking and all that good stuff.  And when I saw this completely beautiful, completely clever cheese and crackers board…love at first sight.  And it might be yours (or your mom’s!)…but more on that in a sec.
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And The Winner Is…

It’s the end of Week One of my Mother’s Day giveaway series with the wonderful UnCommonGoods, and I am so glad to see that so many of you are excited about the possibility of sharing a glass of aerated wine in these lovely glasses with your mamas!  So without further ado, I’m glad to announce the lucky winner, who will now get to check an uncommonly good Mother’s Day gift off their shopping list!
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Salmon in Buttered White Wine Sauce

I’m not sure why we don’t have salmon more often in my house.  It’s light and delicious and I think it is actually one of the so-called power foods, along with broccoli and blueberries and dark chocolate and bacon.  What?  Bacon isn’t a power food?  Maybe in some people’s world’s it isn’t, but in mine, bacon is the undisputed leader of the power food brigade.  But back at the salmon, periodically I realize that it is good and good for you, especially when you drizzle it in a super-simple, super-delicious buttery white wine sauce.
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