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Jamie Claire

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Mexican Fiesta Shower

We co-hosted a couple’s stock the bar shower this weekend for a couple of friends who would have been elated had we just opened a bag of tortilla chips and unscrewed a jar of salsa. They are very easy to please, which made pleasing them just that much more fun.This should really be the last […]

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Pimento Cheese

Every so often I get a taste of something that captivates my taste buds beyond redemption. Infatuation. Obsession. All-consuming passion. This weekend, I fell under the spell of pimento cheese. I was served a pimento cheese appetizer with house-made bread and butter pickles at a rehearsal dinner on Friday night and ate not only my […]

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Avocado Chimichurri

  Christmas may be heralded as the most wonderful time of the year, but I think that’s pretty unfair to spring. Oh spring. I’m so glad you’ve arrived. The sun is still up when I get home and we have a couple of hours of daylight left to grill on the patio and catch up, […]

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Lemon Madeleines with Clementine Glaze

I generally shy away from foods that require their own cooking vessels. My life kitchen is sufficiently cluttered without single-purpose utensils, dishes, and molds, thank you very much. A happy exception to this rule is the madeleine mold.  Madeleines are simple, slightly-sweet French butter cakes. They require few ingredients, rarely “flop”, and are one of […]

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Roasted Cauliflower, Butternut, and Chickpeas in a Tangy Tahini Vinaigrette

When I have a good recipe on my hands, I make it repeatedly until I either run out of ingredients and get over the craving.I can incorporate the same leftovers into three meals a day and not feel bored at all. That’s the story of this little recipe for roasted cauliflower, butternut squash, and chickpeas […]

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2 Quick Ideas Featuring Nicoletta Foods’ Blueberry Jam

Disclaimer: I was given free product to review for Nicoletta Foods. All opinions are my own.  Nicoletta Foods is a new small business based in Maryland that makes all-natural jams and marmalade using family recipes. The proprietors sent me a jar of their blueberry jam, and I have been savoring it ever since! The jam tastes fresh […]

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Roasted Cauliflower and Butternut Soup

If your family has had its share of wintery aches and ailments (I’m writing this post from my own deathbed sick bed), it’s time for some nourishing comfort food. This roasted cauliflower and butternut soup is tremendously flavorful, with a texture so decadent that you may be tempted to accuse me of calorie-cramming. Fear not, though: […]

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Chili with Roasted Butternut Squash

As winter continues to chill us to the core, I feel sufficiently protected through my five layers of clothing to break out the food puns. Thus: chili. Because I’m chilly.  I can hear your giggles from all the way over here.  We had a perfectly relaxing weekend night at home a couple of weeks ago. […]

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Blueberry & Macadamia Nut Granola with a White Chocolate-Cinnamon Drizzle

I (barely) managed to stave off a major cookie craving this weekend thanks to some ultra-indulgent granola. Calling this granola “ultra-indulgent” is perhaps a bit strong, but compared to other granola recipes, it’s a full-on dessert course. So, “ultra-indulgent, relatively speaking,” would probably be more precise.  My killer craving this week has been...

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