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How to Make Butter

This whole butter-making thing got started when I decided to make a real, old-fashioned pound cake…  which was suppose to coincide with the reveal of my newly made-over-vintage-inspired kitchen… but there are a few things left to do in the … Continue reading

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Chocolate Banana Bread

How many times have you bought unripe bananas, only to have them freckled and fermenting before the end of the week?  Ugh. I think the  “lemons to lemonade” saying should actually be, “when life hands you over-ripe bananas, make banana … Continue reading

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Pimento Cheese

As summer finally starts to wind down, I thought I’d share one last summertime recipe. Of course, pimento cheese can be enjoyed year round, but there’s just something about it makes me think of summer. T is the pimento cheese … Continue reading

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Frozen Lemon Custard (repost)

This is a repost of a recipe I shared in my very first post (!), back in June 2010. I recently took a new photo, so I thought I’d share the recipe again.  It’s a delicious, relatively easy dessert — perfect for … Continue reading

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Kale Salad

When me and T were on our mini-honeymoon we stopped at this great little bakery in Weaverville (NC).  They had the most amazing confections, as well as a selection of deli lunch options. One of such options was kale salad. … Continue reading

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Peach Shortcake

During our “mini-honeymoon”, T and I ate at our favourite local restaurant Josephine’s. For dessert we had the most delicious homemade peach shortcake. Even though I’ve always prefered (or so I thought) strawberry shortcake, those peaches brought back a flood of … Continue reading

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Summer Corn and Tailapia Chowder

You don’t have to be in New England to enjoy a little summer chowder!  T came across this recipe on the Epicurious iPhone ap (while laying in bed on a Sunday morning).  It seemed simple enough, so we thought we’d give … Continue reading

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Spinach Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

OK. I know, you’re already freaked out. “Spinach cake? She’s lost her mind.” Hold on, let your nausea subside, and trust me. The black bean chocolate cake didn’t turn out so bad did it? And I can’t tell you how … Continue reading

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Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Usually, I wouldn’t tout “homemade” dishes made from canned or pre-packaged ingredients. I like to cook most of my dishes from “scratch”, with fresh ingredients.  But sometimes, you just need a quick and easy meal. And with one this tasty, you won’t … Continue reading

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King Cake

In the summer of 2008 I visited New Orleans for the first time. Though it was the end of May/early June and hot as hell, I fell in love immediately. For the next 6 months I actually contemplated moving. (But in … Continue reading

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Shrimp and Grits

I use to think that shrimp and grits were really difficult to make. I now know better. It’s actually shrimp etouffee that’s difficult to make. (Anything involving a roux requires a special culinary patience and skill. Burn your roux and you have to … Continue reading

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Crockpot Lasagna

  This meal was suppose to round out “Italian Week”, but after eating Sunday Sauce, and Chicken with Olives and Peppers, and Chicken Marsala, oh, and a Nahunta ham… I just couldn’t do it. I needed a break from the … Continue reading