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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