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

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

B-L-T

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After fighting the @#%!!! squirrels for the past 2 months, I was finally able to salvage enough large tomatoes to make BLTs and caprese salad (see tomorrow’s post). This post isn’t intended to tell you “how to make a BLT”.  Everybody … Continue reading

BBQ Chicken

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As I was planning my meals last week, I realized that I have recipe fatigue. T and I have been alternating cooking weeks and planning meals since January or February.  I’ve read and reviewed and made so many new recipes … Continue reading

Chamomile Lemonade

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You may never make lemonade with just water and lemons again. (And you certainly won’t use that powdered stuff anymore!) The inspiration for this concoction came from the strangest of places: my desire to have naturally sun-highlighted (high-lit?) hair. A couple … Continue reading

Fish Tacos with Spicy Remoulade

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I have to admit, I’ve never had a fish taco before now.  Or maybe once, but it obviously wasn’t memorable. I’ve always shied away from fish tacos. They just sound weird. Fish? In a taco? With shredded cheese and salsa? No thank … Continue reading

Nam Sod

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T first made this dish a few months ago. He had a version of it at a Thai restaurant and was so taken with the flavour that he wanted to try making it at home. It’s super quick and easy … Continue reading