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When in Doubt, Make a Pizza!

Do you ever have those days when nothing seems appetizing?  You can’t think of one thing that you want to have for dinner and you’re not even sure that you’re hungry?  Well, today was one of those days.  I had a pretty frustrating day and to be honest, all I really wanted was to have […]

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Vegetarian for a Day

It’s my favorite night of the week – Meatless Monday!  I think I like it so much because it forces me to be a bit more creative in the kitchen. After living with Sam, I’ve pretty much mastered the protein/veggie/starch dinner combination. Nothing fancy, but consistently tasty and always satisfying. This year though, we’re committed […]

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Tree Trimming (Literally)

Sam and I went out and bought our first Christmas tree as a family yesterday!  Ok, a little two-person family, but it was fun nonetheless. A couple of observations: 1) I got used to NYC where you can find nice little trees for your nice little apartments.  In NC, these do not exist and I […]

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We Gather Together

Goodness.  Another Thanksgiving has come and gone.  This year, Sam and I hosted both sets of parents and my youngest brother here in Chapel Hill in our tiny house.  The oven was pumping all day and I spent most of it either cooking, checking, tasting, or shooing people out of the kitchen. Ok, mostly shooing. […]

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Friends, Frittatas, and Fun

It’s really hard to believe that Labor Day has already come and gone.  We had a wonderful weekend with our good friends from NYC, Ms. K and her fiance, MD.  I spent much of last week planning the menus for the weekend and Sam was good enough to indulge me in my pursuit of creating […]

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Meatless Monday, Y’all!

Did you hear a little Paula Deen in that title?  I wouldn’t be surprised. By the change in my blog title, I’m sure you’ve guessed that I have finally joined Sam in North Carolina.  I’ve been busy setting up our little house and have been making good use of all of the absolutely lovely wedding presents we […]

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A Mayo-Free Chicken Salad Sandwich

Those of you who know me well know that I have a condiment phobia.  It’s bad.  I still can’t eat at a Panera because in high school, I ordered a dry sandwich and it came with “special sauce” on it.  Shudder… While I’m starting to get used to mustard (which I think is a really […]

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The Best Cupcakes You’ll Ever Make

I’ll add a subtitle which is “As Long As You Love Peanut Butter”.  This cupcake recipe is not for the diet conscious or the faint of heart (what Ina recipe is?), although you could almost make a case for these little bite sized indulgences simply due to their miniature stature. The problem?  You can’t stop […]

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Kale and Sausage Yumminess, Indeed!

You know you’re in for a treat when you open your gmail and the first email’s subject is simply “Kale and Sausage Yumminess”. How can you resist opening an email like that?  Ms. K knows how much I love kale (and how much I love a good thrifty recipe) so she was quick to pass […]

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Carrot Soup for the Soul

Here in Chapel Hill it has been HOT. Hot and muggy and not that pleasant. Until yesterday. It was gorgeous! Still warm, but the humidity was almost gone and I swear it felt like Spring.  If there weren’t leaves starting to fall, I would have thought we skipped a few seasons.  But I guess that’s […]

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Picnic Dinner in the Park

By now you know that Sunday night dinners have become a tradition for me.   I love having friends over for dinner, and Sundays are just the perfect time to relax before the hectic work week starts again.  I don’t always do something ambitious, but this time, I wanted to picnic.  It’s finally nice enough to […]

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My Mother’s Banana Bread

In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I would share a recipe that my mother made frequently during my childhood – Banana Bread.  Some people grew up with Julia or the Joy of Cooking, but I grew up with The Silver Palate.  Our family’s pesto recipe comes from it, our Christmas dinner comes from it, […]

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A Lady Who Lunches

Now that I’m a real housewife of North Carolina, I find myself happily waiting until midday when I can make and eat lunch at home alone. This may seem like an odd thing to be excited about, but after three years of hastily eating microwaved leftovers at my desk or running out into the crowded […]

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Never-Ending Summer

Well, it’s the end of Summer.  It’s been a while since I’ve actually marked this passing with anything more than excitement for the fall and cool weather, but here in Chapel Hill, summer just seems to never end.  It’s still hot down here and I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m going to have […]

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Walnut Oil: It’s More Than Just a Fancy Bottle!

Last week, I made one of my favorite easy weeknight meals: roast chicken.  You’ve seen my lazy (wo)man’s recipe here and it’s still the one I turn to every time I get the hankering for a juicy and flavorful chicken and also have an hour and a half to spare.  It takes absolutely no effort […]

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