Chantilly Berry Parfait | Garlic + Zest

Chantilly Berry Parfait

Velvet heart shaped boxes filled with decadent chocolates may be the treat du jour on Valentine’s Day, but I prefer something I can dig a spoon into.   Something rich, creamy and a little hedonistic (minus the sugar bomb that would put me in a coma negating the rest of the evening’s plans).  Something beyond a raspberry creme filled Russell Stover’s or a dish of vanilla.  A confection complimented by a glass of bubbly.    Chantilly Berry Parfait, anyone?



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Luscious Blue and Gold Soufflé | Garlic + Zest

Luscious Blue and Gold Soufflé

Let’s be honest.  Very rarely do you have “leftover” mashed potatoes in the house, right?  Because mashed potatoes are the quintessential comfort food.  Like a warm hug from Mom. They’re smooth and creamy and make you feel good inside.  So the only time we have leftovers is if I’ve purposely made more than I need — and more than my family can eat — a tough proposition, but it can be done.  And should be, because this luscious blue and gold soufflé elevates any meal.


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chocolate mint crock pot cake | Garlic + Zest

chocolate mint crock pot cake

This cake has always been one of my favorites. It’s one that my grandmother, Myne, used to make when I was a kid. We called it her crock-pot cake, because — yes, it actually bakes in a crock pot. And it produces the most dense, fudgy, and insanely moist cake ever! That’s not an exaggeration.


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Asian Pork Dumplings

 You know you love them.  Savory Asian pork dumplings.  One taste and you’re immediately smitten.   No-one can resist these succulent porky bites and since the Chinese New Year starts on February 8th – making a batch is almost required.


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Chili Aioli Buffalo Sliders | Garlic + Zest

Chili Aioli Buffalo Sliders

Super Bowl Week Pt.2  – Saluting the Denver Broncos!  

Everyone has their own Super Bowl traditions, ours is to make and serve game fare that celebrates the two teams that made it all the way to the National Championship.  I showcased the Carolina Panthers on Monday and now it’s Denver’s turn!  



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Pat's Wine Bar & Grill | Garlic + Zest

Pat’s Wine Bar & Grill

I have not been compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own.


Garlic + Zest is focused on food that you and I can make at home.  I do that, because I genuinely believe that cooking together and eating as a family connects us in a way that  a speed-dial pizza, can’t.   But sometimes, you need a break from the stove and when you have occasion to get out (away from the kids), you’ll want to give Pat’s Wine Bar & Grill your full attention.


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Savory Southern Deviled Ham | Garlic + Zest

Savory Southern Deviled Ham


Game Day Fare

There’s just one week until the big game and whether you’re hosting a party or attending one, the food is of paramount importance!  You can do better than take-out pizza and a bag of chips.  Our super bowl tradition is to make dishes honoring the two opposing teams and this year, it’s the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.  Whoo hoo!  Today, I’m highlighting Carolina Eats.



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cherry amaretto crunch ice cream | Garlic + Zest

cherry amaretto crunch ice cream

Are There Laws Against Ice Cream in Winter?

Despite the fact that it’s January and the Northeast was virtually paralyzed by a blizzard last weekend, I’m craving ice cream.  Not craving — Needing.  Lusting…  I suppose there’s a Ben & Jerry’s variety  or Graeter’s that would suffice.  Possibly even a simple visit to our local creamery for a scoop with sprinkles, nuts and whipped cream would get me past this insistent fixation.


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Savor Our City - Boca Raton | Garlic + Zest

Savor Our City – Boca Raton

Food Tours

When we travel, Scott and I love to take food tours.  Whether with a guide or just suggested walking routes using a phone app – it’s fun to try local foods and get a flavor for the place we’re visiting — it’s also a great way to meet people.   Funny, how it never occurred to me to take a food tour in my own city.  D’oh!  

We rectified that oversight this weekend — while the rest of you were hunkered down in a blizzard.


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creamy asparagus sun choke soup | Garlic + Zest

creamy asparagus sunchoke soup


This one is for my health-conscious friends.  The rest of you can amuse yourselves with these burgers or fries or some of my favorite indulgent desserts.


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