Port Reduction Cheesecake Squares

Port Reduction Cheesecake Squares

Throughout all the culinary classes I took a couple years ago, I never heard of anything that sounded fancier than “port reduction.” 

It’s really just a syrup made of a sweet fortified wine… but it actually tastes as fancy as it sounds.  (Which is good, or else it I think it’d be something of a letdown.)  Still, it’s as easy a sauce as you can make, being only one ingredient, and you can put it in or on anything dessert-like!

With such an ingredient, I decided it should be part of a dessert that embodied total, all-out, fanciness.  You know, as opposed to halfhearted fanciness.  Because anyone could make a port reduction and put it on… fro yo or something… but a cheesecake would make it simply extended-pinky-worthy.

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7 Healthy Smoothies Video!

7 Healthy Smoothies Video!

With all the award shows going on lately, I’ve been inspired.  I’ve gotten into the movie-making business, people!

It hasn’t been up long enough to get nominated for anything… yet.  But just wait – who knows?

I mean, among movies about smoothies made at home on computers that have barely enough memory to edit a few minutes of film?  I have to say, it is just stunning.  And I’m counting the seconds until someone realizes I have incredible talent on film and throws money at me to just host my own dang FoodNetwork show, already.  No bigs.

I’ll stop waving my oversized toque now so you can instead appreciate the fact that I made you breakfast.  For, like, a week.  

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Chicken and Red Cabbage Salad

Chicken and Red Cabbage Salad

Happy Monday!

No, I am not being sarcastic.  It’s true I’ve never been the biggest fan of Mondays.  I’m actually more of a Tuesday person.  But it IS a happy Monday, because I had a really great weekend. 

Still not following?  Well, think about it.  When you have a really great weekend – and by really great weekend I mean spending lots of time with friends and possibly indulging in a wee cheat meal or two – Mondays are always going to be there for you.  And by there for you, I mean to whip you into shape.

Mondays are the no-nonsense, power-suit, tight hair-bunned day if there ever was one.  Mondays would be called Helga.  Helga does not accept sloppiness.  You will tell Helga you’re ready to come back to reality and do better this time and continue to improve. 

Stop me if I carry this analogy too far…

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Pan Seared Salmon Fillets

Pan Seared Salmon Fillets

Stop what you’re doing! 

Oh, wait… you’re reading this.  Please continue what you’re doing then.  But consider with me a moment what life will be like for you three years from now. 

If you’re in school, maybe you’ll be done and moving on to a new job.  If you have kids... they’ll be three years older.  (That can be a scary thought in itself, I’m sure.)  Maybe you’ll have a book published or have won the Nobel Peace Prize.  A lot can happen in three years.

Good moment we had, there. 

Now I can segue into this other crazy fact about three years.  Today my husband and I are celebrating our third wedding anniversary.  Whoaaa… mind blown.  Three years seems like a long time!  Even longer when you consider we’ve actually been a couple for FIVE years now.

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