Archive | 2013

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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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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Shredded Carrot Salad

Last night was one of those cooking disaster nights that ended with a call to Dominos.  But at least it wasn’t my fault. On the menu was a mustard crusted pork tenderloin with a side of carrot salad. I opened the package of pork tenderloin and was hit with a terrible smell–sulfur everywhere in the […]

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Fresh Summer Lemonade

It’s swelteringly hot in Virginia right now (though I’m sure those from the Southwest would find that laughable) and I needed something to cool myself off.  Since I always have a bag of lemons in the fridge, I decided to make lemonade today. I’ve made this several times now and it is my favorite drink […]

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Classic Potato Salad

I have made many versions of potato salad in my day. There’s Aunt Kathy’s version with radish and fresh dill; Grandma’s with finely diced potatoes and dill pickle relish; a French version with white wine, lots of fresh herbs and a vinaigrette; and a copycat of Red Hot and Blue’s with hard boiled egg and […]

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BBQ Country Pork Ribs

I’ve been watching a lot of the show BBQ Pitmasters lately, which has had me craving some yummy pork ribs. The downside to this is twofold: One: a rack of ribs is too big for just me and Thomas.  Two: I do not own a smoker. The solution was easy–use country pork ribs instead (bone-in) […]

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Storing Herbs: Parsley and Basil

I love cooking with fresh herbs and some are almost always on my shopping list (parsley, basil, thyme). Herbs like thyme and rosemary give me no problems; they are hearty herbs that LAST. Parsley and basil, that’s another story. After dealing with a lot of slimy parsley and wasted money, I had an idea. Why […]

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Sandals Bahamas Honeymoon

I am back in the states, relaxed and tan after my honeymoon to the Bahamas.  We did encounter some luggage issues on both the way there AND back (which Thomas now refers to as “LuggageGate”) but our time at Sandals was wonderful. We are big fans of Sandals: no kids, couples only, wonderful staff and […]

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