Avocado Toast

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  • 1/2 Sliced Avocado
  • 2 Toasted Slices of Grain Bread
  • 4-5  Grape or Cherry Tomatoes Quartered (room temperature)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper

In small bowl mix chopped tomatoes,olive oil,lemon juice,Salt and Pepper and set aside

Toast Bread.

Top each slice of bread with 1/2 of the sliced Avocado.

With a fork lightly smosh down and spread the Avocado until bread is covered.

Top with 1/2 Tomato mixture.

Top with light dusting of Kosher Salt and serve.

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Caffe Gasperi, Hudson, Ohio – REVIEW

In my quest to find a coffee shop worthy of visiting daily (don’t judge) and I am not talking about a place that sells cups of coffee,has sparse uncomfortable seating and mis spells your name every time you order  (Really ? I come here all the time. It’s Zelda not Selda) I mean a place where I can meet up with friends or go it alone,get comfy and cozy and indulge myself in conversation, a book or perusing the world wide web….A place that remembers my name.

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A hidden gem off the beaten trail but in clear site if you allow yourself to see beyond the Starbucks, beyond the Dunkin.

Locally owned and operated and serving one hell of a cafe latte is the Caffe Gasperi Italian Coffeehouse in Hudson, Ohio.


The staff is friendly .The prices are on point for the area and the quality of coffee and teas are superior. The food menu offers light fare with gluten-free and vegetarian options.


The interior offers all the comforts expected when the need to indulge strikes you. A wall length couch loaded with pillows, a mishmash of neo classical chairs surround long tables made of reclaimed wood. Quirky artwork and the great lighting set the stage for creativity or serenity, whichever you may be in need of.

It’s cool without trying to be.


It was designed with thoughtfulness and hit all the right notes for this coffeehouse connoisseur.





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Soba Noodle Salad



  • 14.5 oz KA-ME Precooked Soba Noodles (2 packages)
  • 1/2 Bottle San J Peanut Sauce
  • 4 Green Onions chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Matchstick or Shredded Carrots
  • Bag of Baby Spinach

Poke small hole in each noodle package and microwave for 2 minutes.

Pour hot noodles over carrots and onions in a medium mixing bowl

Add Peanut sauce and stir to combine.

Chill and serve over baby spinach either on large platter or individual platings.

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Kung Pao Chicken and Vine


I’m that girl.

The one in Philosophy of Ethics class whose stomach is growling loudly while my professor is lecturing on starving children in Northeast China.

I do love me some Kung Pao Chicken.

You see I dragged my ass out of bed this morning slightly hungover and re evaluating the investments of the weekend or shall I say lack of return on my investments.

Cabs, Covers, Cocktails and Couture

In the midst of reevaluating my weekend choices, I reached for that last unappealing Nutrigrain bar that no one’s eaten yet because it’s been living in the top left corner of the kitchen cabinet  for a questionable amount of time and I’ve come to accept the fact that I’m setting myself up for a wildly mediocre day.

Breakfast of champions am I right?

During class the thought of Asian cuisine blended with what’s left of my hangover was  enough to make me drool  All I can think of is Kung Pao Chicken, Egg Rolls and other delicious foods of Asia…why does he keep harping on the starving children.

I do love me some Kung Pao Chicken

I  now was lack of any metaphysical will power, blinded with insatiable hunger . I strategically planned a smooth escape by exiting out the back door while the professor struggled with how to spell ‘Arthur Schopenhauer’ on the front board.

Fast forward to find me on the corner of Kung Pao Chicken and Vine  getting my fix .Greasy fingers holding cheap chopsticks, shoveling the food feverishly into my mouth.

I’m that girl.


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Spicy Cavatelli With Zucchini And Leeks

I think I found this on Bon Appetit’s site last week.

It’s simplicity and taste made it to my ‘Will Make Again’ list




  • 1.5 pounds cavatelli
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 large leek, white and pale-green parts only, chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large zucchini, grated
  • 1  cup grated Pecorino


  • Cook cavatelli; drain, reserving ¾ cup pasta cooking liquid.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add leek and red pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Toss in pasta and reserved pasta cooking liquid; cook until sauce coats pasta, about 2 minutes. Toss in Pecorino.
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Cooking with Passion – Maura Holcomb

To cook without passion is a crime of which Maura Holcomb will never be guilty.


Maura, a young culinary artist I had the pleasure to work with recently, allowed me the opportunity to observe her passion and love when she catered her sister’s graduation party.

She singlehandedly orchestrated and executed a flawless performance of skill, art and awe worthy of any culinary voyeur’s dream.


As she served, there was a drum roll like feeling in the air, as when something big and highly anticipated is just about to happen, and then the crashing of the cymbal (more like crashing out several cymbals) as the band starts playing and the sun comes out. You get the picture.

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In fact she later taunted her guests with a second performance where the cymbal crashing is followed by music from the heavens with angels coming down. She did not disappoint.



One of my biggest character defects is taking control of someone else’s kitchen. This defect will probably never leave me. Ask anyone who has invited me over for dinner only to find me redirecting the timing, preparation and presentation of their plan. I often lack confidence in others ability to create and execute a meal properly. I am known as ‘bossy in the kitchen’ yet I still seem to receive the invites (laughing out loud).

This was not the case in Maura’s kitchen. She was calm, focused, in control and, unlike myself, completely delightful to work with.

Her gift was not only to create an amazing event for her sister’s college graduation. It was to create an experience for her guests.

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Coffee with Class

I would love to share this with friends on a beautiful summer Sunday morning.

I won’t lie. Sharing this on a beautiful weekday morning would be just as nice and a bit naughty.

My new favorite food journalists – A Happier St Sebastian


Cold Brew Bourbon Cocktail
1/4 oz simple syrup
2 oz bourbon
6 oz cold brew coffee
heavy cream to serve

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