FALL Into One Pot Meals (Instant Pot Korean Beef Stew)

As summer winds down and I head to the back of my closet to pull out my sweaters and jeans. I also start yearning for comfort foods like stews and hearty soups. Over the weekend we head out to make the rounds at our favorite food marts. Just as we find short ribs for a…

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Poultry in Motion

I went to the city to grab a bite to eat with my kid Jeffrey and my Mom. Jeffrey suggested a joint that serves poached chicken and rice. Loves it, goes there all the time. I said, you’re KIDDING right?  Not that I don’t like chicken but this sounds a whole lot like Chinese White…

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Music City, Not Just About the Eats

Our trip to Vanderbilt for Family Weekend 2016 was more about hanging out with the kid and his classmates.  We made it to campus only once (family weekend is really for the freshman parents, lol) and that was for Vanderbilt’s program Strong Inside: Storytelling, Music and Performance.  Last year we did not attend the student…

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What’s for Dessert? Croutons!

Awhile back I reviewed Food52 Mighty Salads. Flipping through the book I found quite a few recipes to try including a tomato pasta salad, a crab and corncake salad and a tomato cucumber salad with lamb kebabs.  At the very end of the book, snuck in on the last page (those sneaky Food52ers) I found…

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Jest Jammin’ (Strawberry Lime Jam)

From my weekly trip to the Farmer’s Market I once again came home with way too many strawberries…I should have bought one basket but noooo..I went bonkers and bought a HALF FLAT of strawberries.  That’s 6 baskets of strawberries between the two of us. Which means it’s JAM TIME.  I pulled up the recipe for…

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Ottolenghi-Ototalyummi Blueberry Lemon Almond Cake

I am a big fan of Ottolenghi’s cookbooks, the photos are mouthwatering and every dish I have tried has been delicious.  My favorite book is Jerusalem, not just for the recipes and photos but it’s premise. Two men who grew up in opposite ends of Jerusalem, one Jewish, one Arab create wonderful food together.  In…

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Heartsick for Houston

As you all know Jamie goes to Rice University in Houston. I remember when she first told me she was applying there. What? Where? TEXAS? NOOOO. My diabolical plan to dissuade her involved visiting the campus in the middle of July. It didn’t work. She loved the campus and the vibe despite the heat and…

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Sunny with a Plate of Meatballs

FB started out as a way to connect with my friends, especially with those that don’t live close by but it has morphed into a way to connect with people with shared interests.  Earlier in the year I stumbled across Food52’s  (awesome website, check it out) Cookbook Club.  My cynical side thought wow, what a…

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Girls Just Wanna Have Pie (Blueberry Hand Pies)

I am a pie kind of gal.  I have been known to go in search of pie at every opportunity-family vacations, weekend jaunts, regattas, anytime, anywhere. I am talking about some serious hunting for a slice of some “damn fine pie”.  A family trip years ago in a rental car did not deter me (our…

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Samurai Gourmet & You Say Catsup, I Say Ketchup (Ketchup Noodles)

One of my favorite shows on Netflix is the Japanese production Samurai Gourmet. I LOVE this show. I’m crossing my fingers that they produce more episodes.  It follows newly retired exec Kasumi as he rediscovers the simple pleasures of life (most of which involve food of course) .  Timid by nature he has an alter…

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To BBQ Or Bake That Is The Question (Miso Honey Ribs)

The kids were home for about a week but we were so busy running around we never got around to our annual summer burger cook-off.  Disappointing but little did I know the chance to flex my culinary muscle would happen anyways.  Each year Saveur magazine’s presents awards for the Best Food Blog. While perusing the…

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Old Family Secret (Sesame Noodles)

Jamie was home for the week and of course we pulled out the party plates and hosted happy hour at our house. Though we usually stick to finger foods, we broke out the forks and chopsticks for a delicious, perfect for hot weather dish, Sesame noodles.  A combination of soy, vinegar, sesame oil in the…

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