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French-ified Shrimp and Grits

To my North Carolinian in-laws: proceed with caution–a Northerner is attempting/messing with one of your classic dishes. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? When my father-in-law first discovered ...

The full meal--I also dip my chips in the melty pimento cheese.

Rosemary Potato Chips

As I’ve mentioned on here before, my husband is obsessed with golf.  And if you know golf, then you know that this is a very special weekend.  It’s Masters weekend. ...

The finished product, served with lacquered skirt steak

Charred Asian Green Beans

Some people go to Chinese restaurants for the General Tso’s, chicken wings or hot and sour soup. The thing I often get most excited about is the vegetables; I love ...

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Lacquered Skirt Steak

I love steak but it can be a little expensive so one ...
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Barbecue Duck Tacos (aka: what to do with leftovers)

Since I am typically only cooking for two in my house and ...
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A big move, a new job and a new hobby

I’ve been absent from this site for awhile.  It all started with ...

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French-ified Shrimp and Grits

To my North Carolinian in-laws: proceed with caution–a Northerner is attempting/messing with one of your classic dishes. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? When my father-in-law first discovered that I loved to cook he would often say that he would love to see me “make a grit.” Now, I had eaten grits before […]

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The full meal--I also dip my chips in the melty pimento cheese.

Rosemary Potato Chips

As I’ve mentioned on here before, my husband is obsessed with golf.  And if you know golf, then you know that this is a very special weekend.  It’s Masters weekend. In my house this means a lot of golf on the TV and a lot of giggling on my part as Thomas waxes poetic about […]

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The finished product, served with lacquered skirt steak

Charred Asian Green Beans

Some people go to Chinese restaurants for the General Tso’s, chicken wings or hot and sour soup. The thing I often get most excited about is the vegetables; I love the way they are treated in Asian dishes, quickly cooked, crunchy and coated in yummy sauce.  My two favorites are broccoli (the way it absorbs […]

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Lacquered Skirt Steak

I love steak but it can be a little expensive so one thing I sometimes do is buy skirt steak to satisfy my craving. You are probably already familiar with this cut of meat if you’ve even had fajitas; it has a great meaty flavor and is actually one of my favorites. When cooked well […]

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Barbecue Duck Tacos (aka: what to do with leftovers)

Since I am typically only cooking for two in my house and most recipes are for four people, I am left with a lot of leftovers. “But, Laura,” you say “just cut the recipe in half!” Sometimes I can do this, sure.  But then I am left with something like half a can of diced […]

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A big move, a new job and a new hobby

I’ve been absent from this site for awhile.  It all started with my immense frustration of the job search and wallowing in self pity/only having energy to sit around in my PJs and watch marathons on Investigation Discovery.  Not healthy.  And also sending my husband and parents articles about how screwed up many company hiring […]

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Stewed Vegetable Gratin

There are a few recipes that I have locked away in my head.  Somewhere along the line I pulled it offline or out of a magazine and have made it so many times that I no longer even look at the recipe (or necessarily remember where it came from). This is one of those recipes. […]

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From my honeymoon--wish I could go back!

Seven Truths* About Wine

I begin this post with a disclaimer (hence the *), I am not a wine expert.  Sure, I have dreams of one day becoming a Master Sommelier, I’ve done copious amounts of research and have drank even more wine. But I am not an expert.  What I give you here are the 7 truths I […]

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Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad (and other musings)

“You know what I love about cooking? I love that after a day when nothing is sure and when I say nothing, I mean nothing. You can come home and absolutely know that if you add egg yolks to chocolate and sugar and milk, it will get thick. That’s such a comfort.” From the film Julie […]

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Sampling Coney Island Dogs

Last weekend, Thomas and I visited some of his family in Ohio.  They live about 2 hours from Detroit, so we flew into that airport. By happenstance, I was watching a “Food Paradise” show on hot dogs the day before and they featured two hot dog restaurants in Detroit that are owned by the same […]

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