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Lunchtime Monte Cristo

If you have ever had a Monte Cristo sandwich, you know the indulgence I am referring to. Traditionally, a turkey or ham and cheese sandwich is dipped into an egg batter and deep fried. It is topped with powdered sugar and served with a side of strawberry or raspberry preserves. If a sandwich and a… Continue reading Lunchtime Monte Cristo

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Skinny Croque Madame

I had the pleasure of working at Lush Bakery while we were in Fort Myers for Spring Training. Lush is a traditional French bakery with all things decadent and sinful- napoleons, chocolate croissants, eclairs, and cream puffs may start to convey the picture. We also served salads and sandwiches which were deceivingly viewed as "lighter… Continue reading Skinny Croque Madame

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Turkey, Bean, and Butternut Chili

During February and March I kept posting recipes and my mom would call and say "that's too summery! It's freezing here, and no one will make that salad in February." Lesson learned on all accounts that what we cook is a reflection of many external factors. How our day is going emotionally, what the weather… Continue reading Turkey, Bean, and Butternut Chili

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Homemade Calzones

There was a memorable day in culinary school when my pastry teacher was out sick, and our substitute was a teacher from the culinary (savory) teaching program. He taught us a number of fun ways to use basic pastry ingredients in savory dishes. My favorite was using puff pastry for making homemade calzones. The dough… Continue reading Homemade Calzones