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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 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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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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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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