Celebrating Lalla V.

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Over the holidays, I had the great pleasure of honoring my best friend and toasting to her success. I made a delicious pot of gumbo and served it with garlic toast. 

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As guests arrived, I greeted them at the door with the specialty cocktail of the evening, which I named the “Lalla V” – it was a champagne cocktail mixed with pomegranate juice, grenadine and topped off with strawberry rock sugar candy stirrers.

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12 Days of Christmas, Day One: 15-Bean Comfort Soup

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The holidays kicked off to a nice start around here. My Thanksgiving Tasting Event was a success and I hosted friends for my first Thanksgiving meal. I cooked absolutely everything and it was equally exhausting and rewarding. I’ve been cooking so much lately that I haven’t had much time for photography and blogging, but I vow to do better!

It’s cold here and we’re expecting a snow storm tonight so I’ve decided to kick off December with a week of exploring comfort foods. Last night, I covered my beans with water and soaked them overnight so they would cook quickly for tonight’s dinner.

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This is the easiest recipe. After soaking the beans overnight, thoroughly rinse them and place them in a pot covered in water. Add 2-3 bouillon cubes and simmer on low. After about 40 minutes or so, add 1/2 cup chopped white onion and 2 garlic cloves, minced.

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categories: Comfort Food, Recipes, Vegetarian