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Blue Cheese Risotto with Sautéed Apples and Bacon

December 4, 2012

I’ve been known to get inspiration for recipes in the weirdest places, but I think the story of this recipe takes the cake.  The idea for this recipe came after I washed my iPhone in the washing machine.  Yes, it was as insane and cringe inducing as it sounds.  I was attempting to keep on […]

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Spicy additions to your holiday cheese board

November 21, 2012

With Thanksgiving less than 24 hours away I’m declaring the holiday entertaining season on! Though to be honest, I’ve been pinning ideas for holiday tablescapes, recipes and cocktails for weeks now. As a lover of all things fromage, it’s no surprise that a good cheeseboard is an essential for me when throwing holiday gatherings. And […]

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Mascarpone and Chocolate Chip Cake

November 12, 2012

I’m finally getting back into my cooking/baking routine after falling out of it so hard I was starting to question whether I even liked cooking anymore.  And it’s a good thing too because I was starting to wonder whether my frequent takeout routine was making me crabby.  It’s not that there is anything wrong with […]

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Spicy Pumpkin Grits with Bacon & Cheddar

October 24, 2012

Last month we played with apples for our 5 Star Makeover challenge.  This month we got another seasonal ingredient in the form of squash.  I’ve played around with squash a fair bit in the time I’ve had this blog.  Though pumpkin in particular takes most Americans to a sweet place, most of my experimentation has […]

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Dried Blueberries, Bacon, Almonds and Manchego

October 18, 2012

Since my last post my desire to cook has come in drips and drabs.  It’s not lost on me how ridiculous it is that I spent over a year and a half looking for a condo with the perfect kitchen – big, updated and full of light – and I’m barely cooking in it.  I […]

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Four Cheese, Chicken and Pancetta Stuffed Shells for National Cheese Day

June 4, 2012

Today is National Cheese Day, not to be confused with National Goat Cheese Month, which isn’t until August.  (I personally find it amusing that all cheese gets only a day, while goat cheese apparently has a whole month.  But since I love goat cheese, I’m hardly complaining.)  Given the spirit of the day it seemed […]

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Fromage Friday: Carr Valley Cheese Co.

June 1, 2012

Hopefully everyone had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend.  I was fortunate enough to be able to take a few days off to drive up to Minnesota and spend time with friends and family.  As I’ve mentioned before, I have a love-hate relationship with that drive so I try to find amusing stops I can make […]

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Mexican-Inspired Strata with Jalepeno Chicken Sausage and Chihuahua Cheese

March 6, 2012

One of the things I love about cooking is that progress and growth are often very tangible.  Dishes that I once considered elusive and challenging like liver mousse or risotto have over time become well within reach.  With constant experimenting, exotic ingredients have grown familiar and challenging, new techniques, approachable and possible. And one of […]

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Potato, Crab and Gorgonzola Soup

March 2, 2012

In the past couple of weeks I attended not one, but two soup exchange parties.  I went to my first one back in 2009, and then attended again last year, so it’s become my winter tradition.  The premise is you gather your friends together and everyone brings a favorite variety of soup.  The party is […]

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