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Around the World on a Sunday Afternoon

Well, maybe we didn’t really go around the world but our afternoon snack was from Italy, our dinner was from Vietnam. I went to my local market for a days overdue grocery shop. They had a locally grown melon that … Continue reading

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Summer Simplicity

[singlepic id=414 w=320 h=240 float=none] The flavors of summer make dinner so simple. I wanted to make the yummy crispy rice again but didn’t want asian flavors so I just started gathering things from my CSA, the farmer’s market and … Continue reading

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White Seabass in Ginger Broth with Crispy Rice

[singlepic id=378 w=320 h=240 float=none] This is one of the best fish dishes I’ve ever made and it’s going to be really hard to replicate! Well, the fish and the rice I can easily do again but the only way … Continue reading

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A Week of Backwoods Gourmet

Every year we disappear into the woods for a week at my dad’s cabin. Every year the food gets better. We step it up a bit each trip. There are the standard meals and ingredients: steak, chicken, corn, potatoes (my … Continue reading

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Grilled Coppa, Hummus and Broccoli Rabe Pesto Sandwich

Yes, you read correctly…Who puts that in a sandwich?! I went to Epicurious to look for some fancy sandwich ideas. I found a couple of interesting ideas. One was Pressed Coppa Sandwiches with Broccoli Rabe Pesto. Obviously, that’s the one … Continue reading

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It’s Beginning to Taste a Lot Like Summer

My CSA boxed has been transforming slowly from hearty greens and lettuces to, well, still hearty greens and lettuces but also strawberries and summer squashes. I don’t dislike zucchini but it’s not something I rush out to buy. I had … Continue reading

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Blood Kiss Cocktail: The Fang Tingler

I was approached by the folks at the Blood Kiss Kickstarter campaign to see if I could do something on the site about the movie project. At first I couldn’t figure out how to tie a Film Noir vampire movie … Continue reading

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Chinese Cabbage Salad and Honey-Soy Chicken

My son said, “I don’t like cabbage.” I said, “It’s not cabbage, it’s slaw.” I like traditional cole slaw but can only eat so much of it. I don’t like cooked cabbage. I’ve been getting cabbage from my CSA so … Continue reading

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Pork Ribs

My husband isn’t a fan of chewing meat off a bone. He was out of town so I thought I’d try out making ribs. I’d never made them before since I too wasn’t a fan of gnawing on bones, but … Continue reading

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Newsletter Inspiration #6: Japanese Chicken-Scallion Rice Bowl

I thought this recipe from Cooking.com’s newsletter looked tasty, kid-friendly and easy. Well, this was a miss. The broth had too much sugar in it. I made the rookie mistake of not tasting the broth before cooking the chicken in … Continue reading

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Newsletter Inspiration #5: Blueberry Pancakes

Hey, I didn’t say all the inspirations would be for dinner. I got a Cooking.com newsletter that had a blueberry pancake recipe and I thought, “Sure! Why not?” I usually make waffles. I prefer them actually. But the whole point … Continue reading

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Newsletter Inspiration #4: Italian Wedding Soup

I’ve got a cold. I just got mostly over the flu and got walloped with head congestion. Blargh. So, I want soup. Lots of soup. It just so happened that Food and Wine’s newsletter yesterday had soup! Italian Wedding Soup … Continue reading

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Curried Fish and Potatoes

I haven’t made Indian food in ages. When my son begs for mac-n-cheese…yes, my child who gobbles up raw oysters, serrano ham and ramen still begs for the one “kid” food he likes…I make him that and make something for … Continue reading

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Potato Soup – For When You Don’t Have Leeks

1 1/2 lbs potatoes, peeled and cubed. 3 large shallots (equivalent to the amount a medium onion would give you) 2 cloves garlic 6 cups chicken stock 1/4 cup pancetta 4 slices bacon Lemon juice (one lemon) Finely mince or … Continue reading

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Newsletter Inspiration #1: Rigatoni with Spicy Calabrese-Style Pork Ragù

My newest adventure is actually grabbing a recipe from one of the bazillion newsletters I get each day and cooking something from it for dinner that night. One night in and I’m already improvising of course. I never follow recipes! … Continue reading

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