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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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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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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 ever 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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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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How to Make an Amazing Reuben Sandwich

I’m a big fan of the Reuben sandwich and just think it is the perfect combination of flavors and textures.  In a perfect Reuben the bread must be rye (not swirl!) and grilled on the flattop to a perfect buttery crispiness.  The meat should be corned beef and chopped so it is easy to eat.  And of course […]

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Comforting Chili

I have been constantly revising my chili recipe and this time I think I got it down.  That doesn’t mean I won’t tweak it again next time, but I have discovered 3 must have ingredients and 1 essential method:  The three ingredients are: bacon grease, unsweetened cocoa powder and Texas Pete buffalo sauce.  The method […]

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A.1. Hamburger “Steak”

There are certain “recipes” I remember from my youth that I occasionally crave. These recipes don’t really have any specific measurements and if you ask my mom for the recipe she tends to laugh a little and say something like “I have no idea, I just threw something together.” A.1. hamburger steak is one of […]

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Herb Marinated Shrimp

Thomas and I both enjoy light dinners and shrimp is an occasional splurge in our house.  The other day I made one of my favorite recipes: herb marinated shrimp. The shrimp can be expensive–and you should really only purchase raw shrimp.  The precooked bagged stuff in the freezer aisle is overly fishy and chewy.  All […]

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Copycat Carnitas bowl

So this post will, sadly, be picture-less.  I am currently without a phone (which is my only camera) since it decided to jump out of my back pocket and into water during a concert.  A new phone is on the way so pictures will return soon, just not of this meal. At a certain fast […]

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