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Summer Party! Artichoke Mustard Baked Brie Recipe

Colman Mustard Artichoke Baked Brie Recipe

Do you have a few parties that you will be hosting coming up? It is graduation season, and Father’s Day is just around the corner. Whether your graduate is going off to college, getting their very first apartment or starting their first job, it’s time to start planning the menu for the party to honor it all.

Even if you are not hosting, this Artichoke Mustard Baked Brie recipe is even great on a Wednesday night sitting on the couch. That’s how I’ll be enjoying it.

Now, this recipe is a little more involved that the ones I usually but don’t let that worry you. This is easy enough that even I can do it. Just give yourself a little time. You’re basically making a cheese sandwich and wrapping it in puff pastry. Oh goodness that sounds delicious.


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Grab Your Dipping Forks, Today Is National Cheese Fondue Day!

emmi fondue plate setting

Oh goodness today is my lucky day!  A day that celebrates CHEESE FONDUE!  April 11th is National Cheese Fondue Day, a time to fire up the fondue pots for food, fun and good conversation.  You all should know this southern California pinup’s absolute love (obsession) with cheese.  Add  in a fun dinner where you get to share the experience of eating together and I am completely sold.

I remember eating fondue when I was little, and I have my own fondue pot now that I break out for fun dinners with friends, or a romantic dinner with someone special.   A chance to enjoy the wonderful-ness of cheese, and having to get in and really share your dining experience with people is my idea of a great meal.

To celebrate, Emmi Roth USA, the US division of the premier Swiss dairy company, is sharing the must-know fon-DO’s of fondue – everything from tips for when you dip to the new ways to do fondue.


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Romantic Valentine’s Day Fondue & Cocktails

pinup elvgren red heart chair stockings

There is no better reason to snuggle up and enjoy one of my favorite types of dinners, fondue, than St. Valentine’s Day. It’s usually chilly out at the time, and why not use that as an added excuse to dip goodies into warm chocolate or cheese and share it with your snuggle bunny.

This Valentine’s Day let’s put a twist on traditional fondue. I have a cheese and a chocolate recipe for you, along with three cocktails, one of which should be able to please the palate of most anyone. I have a fruity, a carmel and even a Lucid Absinthe based cocktail.

Do I have your attention now?

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“Peanut Butter Comfort” Has Recipes For Everything I Love To Eat

Peanut butter Comfort Cover

I have officially fallen in love… with a cook book.  Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America’s Favorite Spreadt  by Averie Sunshine gives you over 100 recipes for my favorite food. *Averie is also a local San Diego writer. Woohoo*

I have had a love affair with peanut butter for the majority of my adult life. In college, I would buy a jar of peanut butter add some honey and eat that for dinner, and lunch, and midnight snack.

Peanut butter Comfort chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal skillet cookie

How about a GIANT Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie? 

Peanut Butter Comfort is FULL of recipes for breakfast, cookies, desserts, frozen treats, but also has an entire section on savory dishes.  I am really enjoying the Mini Green Apple Peanut Butter and Grilled Brie Cheese Sandwiches, and the spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce.  Ooooh Yum!

Peanut butter Comfort mini green apple peanut butter and grilled brie cheese sandwiches

This book is shot in a fun and useful way.  Nothing is perfect perfect.  It’s life perfect.   My marshmallows melt and so do Averies’ in her peanut butter S’mores bars.  It’s helpful for me to know that my desserts look at least a little like the ones in Peanut Butter Comfort.  That is before I eat the entire batch before everyone comes over.  :-)

Peanut butter Comfort smores bars

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America’s Favorite Spread is available on Amazon for under $20. This is a must get for anyone who loves peanut butter as much as I do. Ok, you don’t have love PB as much as I do, I’m kind of obsessed ;-)

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Holiday Food Fun – Yum, Fondue


It’s the holidays!!! That means being overwhelmed and not wanting to do anything, let alone cook yet another big dinner.

Let me tell you, one of my favorite ways to take the stress out of dinner, and not just for the holidays. Fondue. I do mine with LOTS of chopped fruit, dried and fresh, and of course some french style bread. I can eat this alone after a long day, as a date night, or with my friends’ kids on the floor.  I love love love cheese fondue, and have just found the chocolate fondue by Emmi in my grocery store.


THIS would be PERFECT for Christmas Eve late night dinner/dessert, or even a casual New Years Eve. You can do this as fun or romantic, just depending on who you are with. I am child free, but I KNOW a lot of you have kids. What better way to get them to eat fruit in a new fun way?! Dipped in chocolate or cheese, or both in one night.

Here are a few tips on how to make this a great holiday treat for you and yours.

  • Let children each pick a dipping item you will serve, with so many possibilities from veggies and fruits to breads and meats – everyone will find a combination they enjoy
  • While wine is a suggested beverage pairing for adults, sparkling cider, grape juice or ginger ale served in a special glass and garnished with fruit is a treat for the kids
  • In the Swiss tradition, if a woman drops her bread into the cheese, she must kiss the person next to her; for kids, have whomever drops their bread do a silly dance or sing a song for the table
  • Play a game where the person who tries the most adventurous or unique combination (like dipping broccoli into chocolate fondue) wins a prize
  • Ready for dessert? Dip holiday cookies or gingerbread men into chocolate fondue or build “fondue s’mores” by dipping marshmallows into chocolate fondue before sandwiching them between graham cracker pieces.
  • With just a few forks and one pot, preparation and cleanup is a snap so you can relax and enjoy time with loved ones

Emmi chocolate fondue

I love fondue, and I found the chocolate dessert fondue in the deli section in Vons/Safeway.  If you don’t see it, just ask for help.

You could also do this for entertaining with friends on New Years Eve!  Put on a pot of Eight O’Clock Coffee and you will be the most relaxed host on the block!

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