From the Recipe Box: Carne Asada

September 12, 2010

I tried a new recipe last night that I have been wanting to try for a while – carne asada. It is a marinated, grilled steak usually served on tortillas. The best beef to use for this recipe is either flank steak or skirt steak. You will see many variations on the marinade for this […]

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The Morning After…The Clean Up

September 11, 2010

I love having friends over for dinner, but I hate the clean up. I am a messy cook. I know it and certainly everyone in my family knows it. My husband likens my cooking to a tornado of dirty dishes. It is true. I am only forgiven because my family usually likes what I cook. […]

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From the Recipe Box: Sweet Red Pepper Soup

September 10, 2010

I have had this recipe for years and years. With only three ingredients, it is proof that some of the most delicious foods are the simplest to make. This recipe belongs to Jimmy Sneed and it was one of the most popular items on his menu at the famed Frog and The Redneck Restaurant. But […]

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Cooking Rut

September 9, 2010

While I love working from home, and spending more time with my family, I do miss being in the creative, energetic environment of retail; especially cooking retail. In my position as manager, I surrounded myself with great people who loved to cook. We were always talking about food and sharing recipes. We talked all the […]

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A Boy and A Burger

September 8, 2010

Boys could eat burgers every day; in fact, they would be happy to do so. I know this because I am blessed with two carnivorous boys, so I try to appease their love of meat and make hamburgers at home a couple of times a month. I recommend using freshly ground organic beef for the […]

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The Raclette Dinner

September 7, 2010

“Raclette” (pronounced ruck-lett in English or rah-klett in French) refers to both a meal and a type of cheese of the same name. The traditional dish is comprised of melted raclette cheese eaten with boiled (or roasted) potatoes with small gherkins and pickled onions. Dating back to the medieval period when peasants enjoyed raclette around […]

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From the Recipe Box: Fresh Pesto

August 29, 2010

It is time to make pesto! Your basil is probably quite abundant by now; it’s the perfect time to make this seasonal favorite. Fresh pesto tastes so much better than store bought. It will keep fresh in you refrigerator for 1 – 2 weeks or you can freeze it. Freeze it in ice cube trays […]

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Back In the Kitchen

August 25, 2010

After a few days away, I am back in the kitchen. I have just come home from taking Sous Chef back to college. I will miss her around the house and especially in the kitchen. The last 48 hours prior to her leaving, I was busy making some of her favorite dishes – goat cheese […]

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Muscadines and Scuppernongs

August 21, 2010

I was in the grocery store this week and as I headed across the produce section for some grapes I was surprised to see muscadines. I don’t see them often. What is a muscadine you ask? A muscadine is a native American grape found in the southeastern region of the country. When ripe, muscadines range […]

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Eat, Pray, Love – A Delicious Book

August 19, 2010

I can’t help but gravitate towards reading a book if it somehow involves food or cooking; it’s a combination of two of my favorite pleasures, and I genuinely enjoy reading about others’ culinary experiences. Recently I finished reading  Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  It’s a very popular book right now; the movie was just […]

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