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Perfect Guacamole, One Avocado at a Time

There are thousands, maybe millions, of guacamole recipes out there, so what makes me decide to add another entry to the guac canon? I think it’s delicious, of course, but what sets this recipe apart is that I have created it “per avocado.”  That’s right — you can make guacamole with just one avocado for […]

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Mexican Street Corn Veloute

I’ve really gotten into soup lately. Maybe it’s a natural function of getting older– as I’m about to turn 30 I find myself thinking things like “10 p.m.?!  That’s so late to go out..” or “Saturday morning would be a nice time to clean the house” or “a nice soup and salad for lunch/dinner sounds […]

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Mexican pickled red onion

Whenever I see these bright red slices atop an enchilada at a restaurant, I get excited.  On their own they have great flavor, but they are the perfect condiment to add to burrito bowls, tacos, enchiladas and salads.  Or whatever you feel could benefit from a tangy punch of flavor.  They keep in the fridge […]

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Emerging from the dark: Carnitas and first signs of spring

Let me tell you something about German winters… they are DARK.  Dark and boring and mildly depressing.  For most of the year here, the weather is mild and there are all sorts of fests going on that you can visit and the biergartens are open and people are out and about.  But for about 3 […]

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Perfect French Onion Soup

The warm, salty broth, the sweet onions, the cheese… oh the cheese.  To be perfectly honest, it was the cheese that first made me fall in love with this gooey delight of a soup. The soup itself was secondary.  That is until I got a job at a cheese and wine bar and had their […]

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While the Cat’s Away…

My husband sometimes has to go away on long business trips of a month or more.  I don’t want to spend this whole time eating out or reheating frozen trays. This means I have to figure our how to cook for one so I don’t have a massive waste of leftovers.  It also means I […]

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Laura’s Rules of Entertaining

Considering that the holiday season is now winding down, I probably should have published this post sooner but, like many of you out there, I was very busy the past week with houseguests (my husband’s old room mate), entertaining (Christmas Eve dinner) and general holiday shenanigans (consuming lots of wine, playing Cards Against Humanity).  We […]

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Thyme and Gruyere Gougeres: Impressive yet easy party appetizers

Last night I attended a party with the spouses club.  The spouses club is an unofficial group that formed out of a need to develop friendships with like-minded people and we try to have one outing a month, usually at a restaurant in town. “Why spouses only?” you might ask. The fact of moving overseas […]

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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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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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