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The Inn at Five Points Saratoga Springs, NY

I live about 40 Minutes from the beautiful City of Saratoga Springs, New York. In the summer Saratoga bustles with tourists who flock to it to go to the thoroughbred Race Course, see the New York City Ballet or catch a concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center- and while the city is fantastic in the summer, really, it’s a great…

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September Decor Flashback

I love fall. In Upstate NY it’s a beautiful season and each month has a feel and look that’s all it’s own.  September is Apple season- the days are warm, dry and sunny and the nights are cool, green hydrangeas begin to turn to mauve, few of the leaves are turned yet but, here and there, you might see a…

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5 Minute Stovetop German Chocolate Cake Frosting

Yes it was as good as it looks.  Yes it took 5 minutes. A couple of weeks ago I made a big birthday dinner for my little brother and uncle who have birthdays in the same week.  When I asked my brother what kind of cake he wanted he requested a German Chocolate Cake.  I had never made a German…

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Spicy Smokey Fresh Jalapeno Margaritas

One hot summer night a few years ago, my friends and I went to a restaurant called Mexican Radio for drinks, chips and salsa and I discovered my ultimate summer drink. At Mexican Radio they call it the Spicy Scorpion and what it is, is a classic margarita that’s kicked up with a muddled jalapeno and a little tiny splash…

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Avocado Tomato & Scallion Soft Tacos with Grilled Tequila Shrimp

One of my favorite easy summer dinners are these delicious build-your-own grilled shrimp soft tacos. They are healthy, delicious and easy to make. I make mine with avocado, tomato, cilantro, jalapenos, and scallions and then add spicy garlicy grilled shrimp that are splashed with tequila before hitting the grill. The combination of flavors and textures is heavenly. I usually serve…

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All the Bahn Mi for Me

Is the Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich quite possibly the best sandwich of all time? Let us ponder… does it involve juicy succulent roasted pork? Yes. Has it an ideal crusty baguette as the bread? Uh-huh. Is the flavor and texture profile complex? Only if you consider fresh basil, cilantro and mint, combined with the sweet and sour of pickled veggies,…

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Smith & Hawkin & Me

Sometimes Target gets it wrong, sometimes Target gets it right, and sometimes Target gets it really, really right – which was the case with this spring’s Smith and Hawkin line.  Think rustic meets lux, meets stylish, meets nature and you might get an inkling of  the flavor of the line.  Then add in super expensive looking, and then add in,…

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Nothing Blue

I was lucky to have the opportunity to borrow this beautiful painting to decorate with for a while. It isn’t mine, but like a star at the Oscars wearing a Harry Winston diamond necklace loaner, I have come to terms with the fact that it is better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all- or…

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Mother’s Day Bird Nest Macaroons

These macaroons are not only beautiful but also really delicious, the inside is soft and chewy and the outside has some deliciously crunchy caramelized edges.  It’s a heavenly combination of textures which, combined with the buttery condensed milk and the sweet and salty coconut, makes for a memorable cookie. They not only make the perfect Mother’s day dessert for the…

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