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I’ll Have What ‘The Mouse’ is Having: Disney Eats

Who knew that the magic of Disney extends far beyond the rides and the costumed characters?  It is often said that Disney, North America’s largest single-site employer (employing approximately 62,000), has something for everyone and that includes foodies, too.  Look past the Mickey Mouse-shaped popsicles and kiddie finger foods and there are some serious eats […]

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The Curious Canadian Soda

As a plucky pig-tailed 7-year old, I took my first trip to Canada and back then I didn’t appreciate a single thing about the country—the everyday sights and sounds of Montréal and odd curiosities of Chinatown didn’t appeal to me at all.  Years later, I would realize how silly I was and fell in love […]

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Happening Now: Restaurant Week Arrives!

It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again, but it is.  Restaurant Week is here and happening in several cities in the area, so grab a fork and go out and support your local restaurants and chefs.  It’s a great way to patronize your favorite eatery or try a new one.  Below […]

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So Long Summer: Curried Carrot Soup Recipe

I realize I may be in the minority, but I’m happily waving goodbye to summer.  I appreciate sunny days and warmer weather, but I’m at my happiest when taking a brisk walk in the crisp air of Fall and Winter or, better yet, making something hearty and warm in the kitchen.  During Labor Day weekend, […]

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Bringing the Bayou Home: Creole Shrimp and Polenta Recipe

In July, I visited Louisiana and hit the highway to head out to the city of Houma, the heart of Cajun country.  While I was there, I did what any self-respecting foodie would do–I bought a suitcase full of authentic spices, hand-blended and packaged right on the bayou.  Filé powder, Creole seasoning (used in this […]

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Below the Mason-Dixon: Southern Chocolate Tart Recipe

Thanks to the summer blockbuster The Help, a movie based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett, there is no shortage of chocolate pie recipes floating around and, once again, Southern culture–more specifically–Southern food is at the forefront. In the movie, scandal surrounds a ‘secret ingredient’ in the chocolate pie. I won’t spoil the plot for […]

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Inspired Meal: Butternut Squash Ravioli in Sage Butter

I recently ordered a library worth of cookbooks and, while skimming through pages and pages of recipes, I was struck by a butternut squash ravioli recipe from head chef David Tanis’ book Heart of the Artichoke.  Admittedly, there is a fair amount of prep work and patience required, but the combination of a few simple […]

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Chickpeas? Yes Please! Spicy Ceci Frito Recipe

If I know I’m anticipating having a get-together that involves food (and, really, when doesn’t it), I like to test-drive a recipe and plan my menu.  Next week I’m hosting a small gathering–a motley group of foodies, oenophiles, bookworms, and slackers alike.  They’re as different and unique as snowflakes, but they all have one thing […]

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Today’s WTF Moment: Spotted Dick

Confused by the title?  (Probably not if you’re from England but those of us who live on this side of the pond are probably not used to hearing the term–well, outside of comedy routines or the doctor’s office.)  That, ladies and gentlemen, was my gratuitous dick joke…sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I went grocery shopping […]

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Hangin’ with the Cool Kids: A Burger at PYT

A funny thing happened to Generation X–we grew up.  We got jobs, 401Ks, and we settled down, but every now and then we like to prove to ourselves (and to others) that we haven’t completely sold out to The Man and there’s still a kernel of coolness deep down in our once-slacker souls.  So, we […]

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