Black Beans and Rice with a Twist

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I started making this recipe last fall and it was an immediate favourite. I took a big crock pot full to the pot luck at work, and it was gone in no time!  It’s a simple recipe with easy prep, short cook time, … Continue reading

Pound Cake

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INGREDIENTS 16oz (1lb) of unsalted butter, cut into pieces and softened 16oz (1lb) cake flour 16oz (1lb) sugar 9 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt + 1 TBS butter and a little flour for pan DIRECTIONS Preheat … Continue reading

How to Make Butter

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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

Chocolate Banana Bread

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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

Pimento Cheese

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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

Frozen Lemon Custard (repost)

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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

Kale Salad

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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

Peach Shortcake

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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

Summer Corn and Tailapia Chowder

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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

Spinach Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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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

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

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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

King Cake

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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