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RECENT RECIPES

BEVERAGES, COCKTAILS, MAIN COURSES

Classic Manhattan Bourbon Martini

Here’s my twist on the Bourbon Manhattan. I called it the Classic Manhattan Bourbon Martini! First thing to do is chill your martini class by filling it with ice cubes. Three ingredients: Bourbon, Bitters and Sweet Vermouth. Here’s the simple way to remember the recipe. The area code for Manhattan […]

BEVERAGES, COCKTAILS, MAIN COURSES

Patriotic 4th of July Vodka & Club Soda Cocktail

Here’s one of my favorite 4th of July cocktails. It’s my variation of the classic Gin & Tonic. However in this case, I use vodka instead of gin and soda water instead of tonic water. And, it’s delicious! To add a patriotic touch place a skewer of blackberries, strawberries and […]

MAIN COURSES

Sherry Braised Beef Short Ribs

It’s now November in SW Florida. After a sweltering summer, we finally got a break in the weather and Rob requested what he calls “Winter Food”.  I had beef short ribs in the freezer and called our friend Ruth Manchester (who by the way is an award-winning chef) for a suggested […]

APPETIZERS, SIDE DISHES

Maduros Fried Panamanian Sweet Plantains

I fell in love with Maduros when I had a marketing business in Panama for four years. My two favorite things were Maduros and Mojitos. Trust they were over the top. I still miss them and whip them up at home frequently. When I do, half the neighborhood shows up. […]

MAIN COURSES, MEAT

Healthy Date Night Bento Box Easy Meal for Two

Want a well-rounded, colorful, healthy meal for two? Well… this is it! And it’s only three simple ingredients: baked sweet potato, a good helping of asparagus, and a 2-inch 8 oz filet mignon. I like my sweet potato extra crispy. So begin by baking two sweet potatoes at 450 degrees […]

BEVERAGES, COCKTAILS, MAIN COURSES, SMOOTHIES

Summertime Pineapple Cocktail

There’s nothing better than a fresh and delicious cocktail to enjoy during the long hot summer. Well, here’s one of my favorites! This is my version of a great “Summertime Pineapple Cocktail”! It’s fun to make and your friends will love it! For this recipe I used my Cuisinart blender […]

BARB'S RECIPES, MAIN COURSES, PASTA, SAUCES, SEAFOOD

Fresh Linguine with White Clam Sauce

The first time I ever tasted Linguini with clam sauce was when we were skiing near the tiny village of Cortina in the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy in 1972. We were young, athletic and daring and loved the beautiful but treacherous skiing conditions of that famous resort. It was there where we ran into Penny Marshall and Art Garfunkel in the dining room of the 4-star Hotel Cortina d’Ampezzo.