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Mardi Gras Recipe: Beignets
Since Mardi Gras is approaching, celebrate with some homemade beignets!  Did you know that St. Louis has the second biggest celebration?  If it was more kid-friendly, I'd be in Soulard this weekend, but alas I will not partake in the debauchery. 

Recipe: Spicy Cauliflower Soup topped with Homemade Croutons and Truffle Oil
Cauliflower is a cultivated member of the cabbage family and was being planted in American colonies by the 1600s. Cauliflower is a bunched mass flower stems.  Most cauliflowers grow in large heads of thick white clusters. However, there are some new varieties that produce green and purple colors as well.  I didn't eat much cauliflower growing up. Being that my New Year's resolution is to eat more meatless meals, I decided to try cooking cauliflower for the first time. I thought this soup is a good starter.  Expect to see more veggie recipes for me this year!  Please share any cauliflower recipes that you have below in the comments.

Recipe: Creamy Chicken Marsala
Photo by Shauna AlexanderOne of my favorite dinner recipes is my Creamy Chicken Marsala.  I recently made this for my dad's birthday.  Enjoy!

National Soup Month: Broccoli and Cheese
Chef Michael Harr at Food, Wine and Co shared his recipe for Vegetarian Winter Broccoli Soup with Broccoli Floret Carpaccio, Asiago Cheese, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 

National Soup Month: Avgoleomono
Celebrate National Soup Month with Avgoleomono (Greek Chicken Soup) from Zaytinya.

Happy New Year!
Every year I am more amazed at how fast time flies.  I realize it even more now that I have kids. 

Thinking of Drinking: Champagne Cocktails
Break out the bubbly!  Try my Italian Kiss Cocktail or 11 Pipers Piping featured in the Capital Cooking Cookbook.  Add some sparkle to your evening.

Thinking of Drinking: Gingerbread Man-tini
It is time for holiday parties. Check out my segment on Let's Talk Live! Start with some bubbly!

Thinking of Drinking: Christmas Party Punch
Get this punch ready for the holidays!

Holiday Side Recipe: Creamed Spinach
This recipe is a great addition for a holiday side.

Recipe: Sticky Butterscotch Banana Cake
I checked out Jenn Segal's book from the library and found all sorts of fun recipes.  I tried this one over the weekend.  

Thinking of Drinking: Spiced Eggnog Cocktail
The holidays are not complete without Spiced Eggnog. In tribute to the timeless holiday drink, the Spiced Eggnog Cocktail provides a spirited twist on tradition and is made with Captain Morgan spiced rum, local eggnog and topped with whipped cream, cinnamon and nutmeg dust. Try this recipe from Jardenea Restaurant at Melrose Georgetown Hotel in Washington, D.C. 

New Recipe: Gumbo
I made this over the weekend and it turned out so good. Enjoy!

Holiday Recipe: Spinach Balls
It is already December and Christmas will be here before you know it.  Time to get your menu ready.  Holidays back home aren't complete without my Nana's spinach balls.   

Thinking of Drinking: Poinsettia Cocktail
Inspired by the famed flower of Christmas, the Poinsettia Cocktail is made with calvados brandy, apple and cranberry puree, lemon juice, spiced simple syrup and prosecco, and is garnished with a scarlet blossom.  Make this at the next holiday party.

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