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How to Can Pears

September 13, 2012 Desserts and Sweets

One of my favorite things about visiting the farm is spending time in the kitchen alongside my mother-in-law. She’s a terrific cook, wise with knowledge about how to make just about every southern recipe that exists. She also knows the traditional ways of doing things, the methods that are generally lost on my generation. Last [...]

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Tomato and Cheese Tarts with Basil

July 19, 2012 Favorites

This is a very exciting post for me! Kitchen PLAY asked me to participate in its “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” event, sponsored by LAND O’ LAKES Deli Cheese. (See below for more details about the event.) My assignment was to create a fun, summer dish featuring Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend deli [...]

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Blue Gypsy Watering Hole

June 14, 2012 Adventure

The Blue Gypsy Watering Hole was a new discovery for me on our latest trip to Saluda, N.C. We usually frequent the Saluda Grade Cafe and the Purple Onion- a couple of local dives on Main Street. The Blue Gypsy popped up not long ago. It was nice to see a new eatery in town. [...]

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Greek Isles Potato Salad with Lindsay Olives

May 24, 2012 Favorites

As you may recall, I’m not a fan of boring potato salad. I don’t do the gloppy, goopy, mushy stuff. No thanks. However, I do like tangy, crunchy, soft, and filling. A good potato salad in summertime is hard to beat. Lucky for me, Lindsay Olives called. (I’m a huge fan of their olives which [...]

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A Baby Shower and Le Caprice Bakery

May 14, 2012 Food Info

On Mother’s Day I helped host a baby shower for a very special friend and mother-to-be. Our theme was “Paris” inspired so, we chose food and decor to create a modern bistro feel. Creating the menu was- as you can probably guess- my favorite part. Discovering Le Caprice bakery in Columbia Heights, DC was icing [...]

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Wedding Food

September 17, 2011 Food Info

I’ve written before about the difficulty of following a vegetarian diet when attending parties or potlucks. There’s usually plenty of buffalo chicken dip, sausage balls, chicken wings and fingers, and ham rolls, but nothing more than a soggy bowl of spinach and artichoke dip or maybe some raw veggies with french onion for the vegetarians. [...]

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Grana Padano Cheese

July 14, 2011 Favorites

  I received cheese in the mail, a sample of Grana Padano. I’m a very, very lucky girl.    Doesn’t this beauty just break your heart? I’m not sure there’s anything more gorgeous than a hunk of fine cheese. And Grana Padano is especially good, Italian cheese- apparently one of the most popular in Italy. [...]

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Being Vegetarian

May 15, 2011 Food Info

People often ask me questions about being a vegetarian*, namely how do I do it and what do I eat.  Those are big questions and sometimes they’re tough to fully answer, especially in a 10 second sound bite when I’m put on the spot. So, let me see if I can answer a few burning [...]

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Mother’s Day Recipe Ideas

May 7, 2011 Breakfast

Sadly, I will not be spending Mother’s Day with my mom this year. She is halfway across the country spending the holiday with my little sister. If I didn’t know better, I’d begin to wonder if I’ve lost my place as “favorite daughter.” Good thing I know better. For those of you who are spending [...]

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Coconut Oil Giveaway!!!

March 16, 2011 Favorites

Let’s hear a little cheer for “hump day.” To lift your spirits out the mid-week slump, and to celebrate my profound love for coconut oil, I’m hosting a giveaway! It’s no secret that I’m a fan of coconut oil. I’ve been spreading the word about the stuff to anyone who will listen.  I think I’ve [...]

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