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Vietnamese-Inspired Pork Noodle Soup

March 22, 2011

Of things to know about me – I’m not good at being sick. My life is usually so busy that sick days don’t really fit into my schedule and even if they do, I’m the type that has a hard time resting for long. Sure I might sleep in or maybe even take an afternoon […]

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Penne with Acorn Squash and Ham Hock

January 26, 2011

So far my winter resolutions have been going well. I attended a fantastic photography bootcamp.  I also bought an adorable pattern to make a homemade case for my iPad that I plan to put to good use when I have a free weekend.  And now that my oven has been restored to its original glory, […]

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Glazed Sweet Potato, Ham and Brie Melt

December 13, 2010

It’s official.  It’s getting cold here in Chicago.  Though my friends, all of whom have lived here MUCH longer than I have, tell me the worst is yet to come.  Of course, I am already shivering.  For someone who has lived in cold climates (Massachusetts and Minnesota) her entire life it in no way makes […]

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Byerly’s Wild Rice Soup and Reflections on Another Place and Time

October 25, 2010

Almost six years ago (December of 2004 to be exact) I graduated from college.  I’d completed all my course work.  I’d landed a great job in my field.  I’d done everything I could to prepare myself for the real world, yet so much remained uncertain.  With my friends still in school and living in the […]

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Feel Better Bacon

April 26, 2010

When I was interviewing for the job I have now I commonly got asked what I was looking for in my next opportunity.  Without  fail I would answer that I was looking to be thrown outside my comfort zone – to be scared.  I said it not because it was what some fancy interview book […]

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Mac & Cheese Remix

March 26, 2010

I’ve been very slowly settling in to my apartment. I say very because things are still in boxes and those items I have put away have yet to become familiar enough to find easily. Because of this, I’ve been making simple food that doesn’t send me in search of odd gadgets. This means taking some […]

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Pulled Pork with Honey-Cider BBQ Sauce

February 9, 2010

Over the holidays I tried and loved Crispin Hard Cider for the first time.  After reading my unsolicited review and learning of my disappointment that it is not distributed in New England (yet) they kindly sent me some samples.  For those who may have missed my previous review, Crispin makes super-premium natural hard cider.  It […]

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Weekend Eats

October 10, 2009

  I hope everyone is enjoying a restful weekend.  Mine so far has been quite low key, which after a typically hectic week I especially appreciated.  This afternoon my boyfriend and I decided to embrace what might be one of our last semi-warm days of the fall by having a picnic.  We visited our favorite […]

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Cider-Braised Pork Chops with Apples

October 3, 2009

My latest CSA share pick up was yet another exciting parcel.  It consisted of a smoked ham steak, pork chops, lamb osso bucco, lamb chops, and lamb shanks.  Lamb happens to be one of my favorite meats so I was overjoyed at the abundance of it and look forward to sharing different preparations of it […]

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