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melon and prosciutto

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The other day it was so hot that I did not want anything warm to eat so I sent out a tweet “What is your favorite heat-wave meal?”  I got a few responses, but the one that stood out was from Scott aka Seattle Food Geek: “My fave is a platter of mozzarella, tomato, basil, […]

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bbq chicken with corn and avocado salad

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When I was a kid, my parents owned a fried chicken restaurant for a couple of years (“TJ’s Fried Chicken”… I don’t know who TJ was, they bought the business with the name).  I ate a little too much chicken during those years.  I would go to the restaurant after school to help out cleaning […]

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bakewell tart… er, pudding (with strawberry jam)

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The June Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart… er… pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800’s in England. Rewind to June 1. That was the day I checked […]

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perfect roast chicken

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When I am traveling, I usually want to get to my destination as quickly as possible.  If it isn’t too expensive, I opt for the nonstop flight.  If I’m driving, I limit my stops to the necessities.  I just want to get there.  But every now and then, I chill out enough to enjoy the […]

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mint julep

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If you’ve been reading along, by now you know I’m from the South.  It’s not something I talk about that often typically, but my stomach seems to be a little homesick lately (Nothing some good BBQ wouldn’t cure, but I can’t find the kind of pulled pork I want around here). Anyhow, today I’m bringing […]

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Chocolate croissants… sort of.

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So you’ve bought some puff pastry and made an apple tart, right?  What about the other sheet of puff pastry?  I mean, they come 2 to a box.  Did you make a second tart?  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but I thought I would share what I did with my second sheet.  First […]

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the ultimate cupcake

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The Ultimate? I know, that’s pretty bold of me to say.  Right?  I’m not usually so bold.  In fact, as a rule I under-sell things… you know, the whole set expectations low and deliver above and beyond.  But you know what?  This cupcake can stand up to the scrutiny.  The flavors are all understated but […]

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