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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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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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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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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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Lasagne and Wedding Planning

This weekend, my parents visited me to talk all things wedding.  I took them to the venue and we were all (once again) overwhelmed by all of the choices and planning we have to do. When we got back to my place, I was grateful to pop open a bottle of wine and indulge in […]

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Aglio E Olio

This fancy sounding Italian dish, that is near impossible for me to pronounce, is actually a very simple and delicious pasta with garlic oil. If you want to try to pronounce it, it’s something like “ahl-yo e ohl-yo.”  I sound like someone who’s mouth has just been heavily numbed with Novocaine trying to talk to […]

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