Tag Archives: Recipes

Perfect Guacamole, One Avocado at a Time

There are thousands, maybe millions, of guacamole recipes out there, so what makes me decide to add another entry to the guac canon? I think it’s delicious, of course, but what sets this recipe apart is that I have created it “per avocado.”  That’s right — you can make guacamole with just one avocado for […]

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Mexican Street Corn Veloute

I’ve really gotten into soup lately. Maybe it’s a natural function of getting older– as I’m about to turn 30 I find myself thinking things like “10 p.m.?!  That’s so late to go out..” or “Saturday morning would be a nice time to clean the house” or “a nice soup and salad for lunch/dinner sounds […]

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While the Cat’s Away…

My husband sometimes has to go away on long business trips of a month or more.  I don’t want to spend this whole time eating out or reheating frozen trays. This means I have to figure our how to cook for one so I don’t have a massive waste of leftovers.  It also means I […]

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Thyme and Gruyere Gougeres: Impressive yet easy party appetizers

Last night I attended a party with the spouses club.  The spouses club is an unofficial group that formed out of a need to develop friendships with like-minded people and we try to have one outing a month, usually at a restaurant in town. “Why spouses only?” you might ask. The fact of moving overseas […]

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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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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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A big move, a new job and a new hobby

I’ve been absent from this site for awhile.  It all started with my immense frustration of the job search and wallowing in self pity/only having energy to sit around in my PJs and watch marathons on Investigation Discovery.  Not healthy.  And also sending my husband and parents articles about how screwed up many company hiring […]

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