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Warm & Fuzzy: Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Ever since I was a kid, I have loved oatmeal and I’m not talking about that processed, over-sugared cardboard that comes in the little store-bought packets.  I’m talking real oatmeal–precious rolled oats that require real cooking.  Friends hate to be around me when I eat oatmeal because I like the stuff so thick you can […]

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Season’s Eatings: Pumpkin Pudding

Lately, all of my cooking has been in preparation for and celebration of autumn.  From soups to squash, my kitchen has been filled with the warm, fragrant scents of seasonal cooking and–while savory dishes are great–a little dessert never hurt anyone.  And, really, who can resist the familiar, comforting taste of pumpkin?  This recipe has all […]

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Turn Up the Heat: Spicy Shrimp Skewers with Charred Lime and Chimichurri

It completely baffles me as to why the older I get, the more I crave spicy things.  Is it my palate’s way of trying to prove that it’s still as daring as it was in the days of my youth?  Whatever the reason, all I know is that my kitchen cabinets are full of heat-inducing […]

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Squashing Out Summer: Thyme-Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

It’s no secret that I’m not a warm weather girl.  The sun and the beach just don’t appeal to me.  Blame it on the fact that I was born in December or, more accurately, blame it on the fact that I was already born with a great tan (haha) and I can’t swim.  Even my […]

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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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French Lesson: Pomme Frites & Aioli Recipe

There are few things more satisfying than hand-cut fries (or pomme frites as our beret-loving, ketchup-hating friends across the pond call them).  Something magical transpires when those beautifully starchy matchsticks hit hot oil–leaving their skins slightly wrinkly but crisp.   When paired with a simple aioli–well, that just elevates the dish to something phenomenal. The preparation […]

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