Food Blog of the Year

July 29, 2010

Every year awards are given in the food industry called the James Beard Foundation Awards – often referred to as the Oscars of the culinary world. Named for one of America’s founding food writers and cooks, the awards were established in 1990 by the James Beard Foundation. James Beard was one of the original foodies. […]

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Cookbook Fever

July 28, 2010

I own a vast assortment of cookbooks. The are stacked on bookshelves, in the kitchen, sitting in stacks by the bed and piled on the floor by my desk. I read them all the time. When I need a quick break from work, I pick up a cookbook and read. When it is too hot […]

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Everything’s Bigger in Texas

July 27, 2010

I just got back from visiting college friends in Texas and had an amazing time. I’d been looking forward to this trip for months now, but I had an ulterior reason to be excited – I so badly wanted to try the more authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex food instead of the adequate east coast version. […]

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Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do

July 27, 2010

Finding a job or a hobby that allows you to do what you love is the American Dream. Here is a friend of mine who has done just that: Michelle Day-Bergman with Kids And A Cook Michelle and I used to work together.  Although several states away, the love of cooking and the love of […]

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Vanilla – Only the Best Will Do

July 23, 2010

I consider myself much more a cook than a baker, but when I decide to bake I demand the finest ingredients. Just as the best chocolate makes a difference in the final results, so does the best vanilla. Madagascar Bourbon vanilla is the highest quality pure vanilla available. Don’t be confused by the name; it […]

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From the Recipe Box: Blackberry Galette

July 22, 2010

You knew it was coming. After writing about my Grandma’s blackberry cobbler, I had to make it. I went digging through all of my old recipes encrypted on little pieces of paper and I found it. The recipe was tucked away, overlooked, but not forgotten. I smiled when I saw the recipe, because all it […]

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An Abundance of Tomatoes

July 21, 2010

There has been an abundance of tomatoes in our kitchen recently, and so a flourish of culinary creativity to keep things interesting was inevitable.  All sorts of sandwiches and salads made with fresh tomatoes have been our delicious way of beating the summer heat. However, there is one particular meal, one particular creation, that stands […]

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The Blackberry Patch

July 20, 2010

It was the summer of 1969 and my family was living with my grandparents as our new house was in its final stages of being built. Having just moved from the city, I found myself, a young child, living in a small, rural town in Virginia. Whilst I have many memories of that summer, the […]

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Tweaking Recipes and Websites

July 18, 2010

As a cook, I am always tweaking recipes. When I try a new recipe for the first time, I always prepare it exactly as it is written. By the second or third time, I am making minor adjustments in both ingredients and measurements. After a period of time, I have something uniquely my own. It […]

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A Trip to the Farmer’s Market

July 17, 2010

I am heading off to the farmer’s market this morning – looking for some fresh fruits, vegetables and some inspiration. The most amazing farmer’s market I have ever been to is the one in Seattle, Washington – Pike Place Market. It is a mixture of fresh produce, fresh seafood, beautiful flowers and art. I feel […]

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