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Barbara Newton-Holmes
Barbara Newton-Holmes

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Culinary Stories

Always Dreaming

by Barbara Newton-Holmes - 06-05-2017
“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.” ― John Lennon.  I missed last year's Kentucky Derby Party at Treo, but, as I revised the poster for this year's party, I decided

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake

by Barbara Newton-Holmes - 10-27-2016
This recipe is based on one of my favorite desserts that my Mother, Georgette Camporini, used to make when I was a kid - Cream Cheese Cake with Sour Cream Topping. I still have her recipe card, written in her delicate and precise

Tuscan White Bean Dip

by Barbara Newton-Holmes - 10-15-2016
Makes 1 - 2 cups dip Ingredients and Equipment Single-portion or full-sized blender or food processor 1 - 15oz cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus 1 or 1 Tablespoons for



Crowded Granola Bars - Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Coconut, Cranberries, and Chocolate

by Barbara Newton-Holmes - 07-28-2017
This recipe is originally from a base granola bar recipe from Melissa Griffiths (BlessThis, but I have amplified instructions to make them hold together better than the ones I first made with Melissa's recipe. I now grind up some of the ingredients

Chipotle Chicken with Sweet Bourbon Sauce

by Barbara Newton-Holmes - 06-05-2017
12 - 15 Servings             Ingredients 12 - 15 chicken thighs and legs For dry rub: 1 Tablespoon instant coffee, e.g. Via Italian Roast 1 teaspoon smoked chipotle powder 1 teaspoon smoked

Butternut Squash and Green Apple Soup

by Barbara Newton-Holmes - 11-01-2016
A butternut squash and green apple soup, sparked with spice and coconut, to warm you in the cool autumn. Ingredients For 6 - 8 servings 2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 Tablespoons Earth Balance buttery spread (olive oil or other) 1