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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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Comforting, Simple and Fast Marinara Sauce

This past weekend was a blur!  On Friday, the husband and I (I like saying that 🙂 ) flew into Evansville, IN for a wedding.  By Sunday at 6:30 we were home. Well, home after a brief stint of searching for the car on 4 different levels of the parking garage. I actually like flying, […]

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Country Omelette Brunch

I am coming down the home stretch at school.  It’s exam week which means 1/2 days and rushed grading (we have a 24 hour turn around time with grades!). It’s strange to think this is my last year teaching, I am definitely excited to move on to whatever awaits but as I was packing up […]

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Carlos O Kelly’s Salsa

For years I have been on a quest: duplicate Carlos O’Kelly’s salsa. For those who don’t know, Carlos O’ Kelly’s is Mexican chain that exists mostly in the Illinois, Iowa, Kansas area.  There are two in Virginia though, both near my parents.  (There used to be one in Fairfax, but that is a sore issue […]

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Farfalle Pasta with Spinach and white beans

It’s been a rough week for me. Nothing really big happened, it was just one of those weeks that wears on you and by Friday I was ready to collapse so I was happy to have the afternoon/night to myself.  Thomas was with our friend Trent (who lives way out in Middleburg!) to play golf […]

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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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Cooking Bon Appetit

Oh.  My.  God. I just had the best dinner and the best pasta.  About 2 issues ago, Bon Appetit’s feature was pasta and I just got around to cooking a recipe I’ve had my eyes on: pappardelle with creamy bacon and leek sauce.  It was amazing.  There was a sort of Alfredo quality, the leeks […]

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Snow Day Food

Yesterday was the snow “storm” that never was.  I did get a day off work but I also spent time looking out the window at all the snow falling on the ground and immediately melting. My frustration resulted in yelling of silly things like “you have ONE job snow! Stick!”  This morning when I left […]

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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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