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Cheddar and Herb Cauliflower "Biscuits"

Maybe it’s a bit misleading to call these biscuits. Maybe I should have gone with another name. The reason I went with “biscuits” is because I think that they taste as close to the much-admired Cheddar Bay Biscuit as you can get* in the flavor department. *I should say: as close as you can come to […]

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Italian Zucchini, Sundried Tomato, and Olive Cornbread

I’ve started going overboard with my soup and chili recipes. I’m all about a comforting broth this time of year. If I had my way, I probably wouldn’t eat solid food from early October until about March. Curries and bisques and stews could keep me satisfied all winter long, I’m sure of it.  Rather than […]

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Autumn Arugula Salad with Roasted Butternut and Chickpeas

  The mornings are getting chilly and pumpkins are hitting the shelves at the local farmer’s market and grocery stores. To my husband, this weather change means that it’s hunting season and football season. To me, however, the leaves falling means one thing: it’s time to start cooking all things squash. This weekend, we hosted the […]

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Turnip greens with chickpeas and tomatoes

We celebrated Husband’s last year in his 20s with a “meat brunch” (his idea, not mine) over the weekend. The party was a fun, casual, backyard affair with meats of every variety and a few brunch standards as well. Husband learned a few new tricks on the smoker, and I learned that you can, in […]

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Grilled Corn Pico de Gallo

There are some flavors that are inextricably linked to seasons. Pumpkin, for example, is a fall staple. Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and peppermint make me think of winter. Summer is the season of watermelon, and for me, grilled corn.  Grilling corn until it is slightly charred adds phenomenal flavor depth to a vegetable that can be […]

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Avocado-Cilantro Crema

Hosting is often labeled an “art”, as in “the art of hosting” or “the art of entertaining.” I would argue that hosting is better described as a “practice”, much like either law or yoga, rather than an art. Practice, by the way, is defined as “repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill […]

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Italian Roasted Cauliflower with Olives & Tomatoes

Easy, healthy, flavorful, and self-sufficient. Those adjectives comprise my “big four” for weeknight cooking. When I say self-sufficient, I mean that the dish needs to just cook on its own without too much fussing required from the cook. I just finished a long day of work {in heels} and a thirty mile commute. I’m not […]

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Italian Roasted Cauliflower with Olives & Tomatoes

Easy, healthy, flavorful, and self-sufficient. Those adjectives comprise my “big four” for weeknight cooking. When I say self-sufficient, I mean that the dish needs to just cook on its own without too much fussing required from the cook. I just finished a long day of work {in heels} and a thirty mile commute. I’m not […]

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Bacon & Tomato Smoked Cabbage Wedges

Like anyone with a bit of British cooking heritage, I really, really enjoy cabbage. I just don’t understand why it hasn’t achieved the popularity that I think it deserves. There’s nothing simpler than sauteing chopped cabbage with a bit of butter and seasoning with salt and pepper for a side dish. Husband tried to refuse to sample cabbage cooked this way […]

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