Category Archives: Cooking

How to Let Yourself Go During the Holidays

‘Tis the season for guilt. From too-many-drumsticks guilt to you-have-a-present-for-me-and-I-don’t-have-a-present-for-you guilt, we all indulge in some good old fashioned self-shaming during the holidays. From the moment the school supplies go on clearance to make way for the Iron Man costumes, … Continue reading

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Operation… and Other Games that Make Us Better

I love pasta. It’s a deep love, a passionate love, a two syllable lo-ove. And sometimes you do crazy things for love. So the other night when I was making a little rotini and one fell ever-so-dramatically under the burner, … Continue reading

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Party Pooper Prevention

My circle of friends adores gatherings. Game nights, cook offs, birthdays, Tuesdays – anything is an excuse to throw a shindig. Sometimes we go big with over-the-top themes, Pinterest-inspired décor, and elaborate menus; but even our simple weekly Bachelor nights … Continue reading

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Wine Math

I was recently perusing a new post, over at the always awesome The Food and Wine Hedonist, that was discussing the trouble with coffee math – the algorithm needed to factor six ounce coffee can directions into an eight ounce … Continue reading

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A Free Tour of Trader Joe’s

Going to the grocery store is one of my favorite simple pleasures (second only to visiting Target). I love wandering the aisles sans list and tossing random treats into the cart without anyone shaking their head at my eight varieties … Continue reading

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Fifteen Minutes of Food Fame

  The first time I ever encountered red velvet cake was in Steel Magnolias when they serve a red velvet armadillo groom’s cake at a wedding of surprisingly un-squeamish guests. The road kill-inspired delicacy turned me off to the concept … Continue reading

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Peep Show

My mantra has always been, “if it’s not chocolate it’s not worth it,” so when Easter candy makes its annual appearance about four days after Christmas I eschew the jelly beans and hard candies in favor of, well pretty much … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Fitness Magazine

When I was a little girl, I would make my mother read Little Red Riding Hood to me over and over again. And each time she got to the part with the wolf, I’d cover my eyes in renewed fear … Continue reading

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How to Fake a Gourmet(ish) Meal

Growing up as the only child of a single working and MBA-earning mother, I learned to “cook” at an early age. The infamous Alphabit/Lucky Charms medley was my specialty, but I could also make a mean peanut-butter-on-a-spoon. As my skills … Continue reading

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Squeegees, Dryer Lint, and Other Domestic Guilty Pleasures

I am no domestic goddess. My cleaning lady is the only one who vacuums, I think washing fruit is for wussies, I rarely get around to baking because I’m too busy eating the batter, and I once bought a new … Continue reading

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