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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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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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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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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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NY Strip Salad

Last night Thomas and I were both feeling a little lazy about cooking (maybe it was the gin and tonic…) and I just couldn’t get excited about the meal we had planned (grilled strip steaks with avocado corn salsa) but we had to cook the steaks and Thomas didn’t feel like grilling after working late, […]

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