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Strawberry-flavored Cinco de Mayo

We're getting a preview of summer weather this week, a bit warmer and a bit more humid.  We may have only one more weekend or two (hopefully three) for fresh, local strawberries.  In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo celebrations this weekend, I'm sharing a couple of my favorite strawberry dishes that incorporate a Latin twist.  You're likely to find… Continue reading Strawberry-flavored Cinco de Mayo

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Christmas Cookie Cinema

Two of my favorite things this time of year, baking cookies and watching Christmas movies, happen to pair perfectly.  Over the next couple of weeks I'll share some suggested cookie and cinema combos you might like to try should the I-wanna-bake-cookies-and-watch-a-Christmas-movie mood strike.  First film up is "Elf", which coincidentally has a couple of Triangle ties.  First, the role… Continue reading Christmas Cookie Cinema

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While I’m away on my igloo staycation…

I do hope everyone finds a comfortable way to bear the heat of this coming weekend.  I know this extraordinary heat has taken its toll on my CSA farmer's crops, though tomatoes are still plentiful.  Last week's pick up included two pints of mixed cherry-sized tomatoes that I decided to roast in the oven with… Continue reading While I’m away on my igloo staycation…

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Serendipitous Summer Libations

The most appropriate word to describe my *happy* discovery of three summery beverages this weekend?  Serendipity. A sublime Watermelon Sangria enjoyed with friends during an impromptu visit to Dos Perros Friday evening The perfect "pick me up" at The Saturday Market was the lightly sweetened, carbonated Organic Masala Chai tea from Muddy Dog Roasting Sunday evening's Father's Day… Continue reading Serendipitous Summer Libations

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Reconnecting with my Inner Baker

I still consider myself more baker than cook, though belonging to a CSA has changed my kitchen perspective.  When I scan the refrigerator and pantry these days, I'm planning dinner entrées and side dishes, instead of checking on the flour, butter, and sugar supply (critical staples for a baker).  Until I signed up for my first CSA in… Continue reading Reconnecting with my Inner Baker

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Brunch – Best Meal of the Week

Some dishes are a "blank slate" upon which a cook can improvise a meal using ingredients on hand.  Think pizza. Just a bit of dough partnered up with a seemingly infinite combination of topping possibilities including cheeses, sauces, meats, vegetables, even fruit! The same principle applies to pasta dishes. The combinations and permutations of types of pasta, to varieties of sauces,… Continue reading Brunch – Best Meal of the Week

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Cinco de Mayo with a side of Strawberry Salsa

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Triangle! Seems appropriate, since we're in the midst of strawberry season, to include strawberries in the day's celebration. Last spring, I discovered a few strawberry salsa recipes, and fell in deep *like* with the blend of sweet strawberries, spicy dressing, and salty, crunchy chips. I tried a variety of dressing ingredients, using… Continue reading Cinco de Mayo with a side of Strawberry Salsa