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

Shrimp and Grits

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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

Crockpot Lasagna

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  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

Caramel Corn

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You know those huge 3-section tins of popcorn (the ones the neighbourhood kids would sell for fundraisers?) that lived on top of the refrigerator for months after you received them?  You know, the ones with the stale buttered popcorn, and … Continue reading

Chicken with Olives and Peppers

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Happy New Year everyone! After eating Sunday Sauce and Tiramisu for the past three days, I thought I’d take a break from my diet sabotage and cook something a little lighter (but still with an Italian flare.) I’ve actually been … Continue reading

I’m BACK, in the Kitchen again…

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It’s been a few months since my last post. In the mean time, I’ve gotten engaged, started planning a wedding, and moved! With that latter bit of news, the CrackerBoxKitchen is a literal cracker box, no more! I now have a kitchen with one … Continue reading

Grilled Salmon with Balsamic Glaze

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This is the easiest salmon you’ll ever make. Seriously. You could practically do it with your eyes closed and one hand tied behind your back.  T and I made this a couple of weeks ago when we were on vacation. Luckily … Continue reading

Insalata Caprese

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I’m convinced that in another life, I was an Italian. I love Italian food. And I’m not talking about limp pasta and sauce from a jar. I mean good Italian food. With fresh ingredients, and salty cheeses, and plenty of bread on … Continue reading