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10 Things You Need to Know About Chicken

We eat more chicken than any other meat. I know the Chic-Fil-A cows are happy…. But seriously, we eat a lot of chicken. A lot. I read a stat that said that Americans consume 81 pounds of chicken per person per year. WHAT? Well, since we eat so much chicken, I thought we should go […]

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Some Things to Know About Rice

Rice feeds the world. In China, the word “rice” means the same thing as the word “food.” In Japan, the word for “cooked rice” means the same thing as the word “food.” I happen to love rice. Which is why I’m always trying to learn more about it and learn new ways to cook it. […]

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Concreted Countertops

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted as much in the last couple of months. This is due in large part to the fact that I just bought a house. Not just any house–but a quirky, enormous, fabulous, and needs-some-loving house. In short–it’s the house of my dreams. It just also happened to be […]

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Roasted Eggplant Dip

I’m part of a CSA. You know, Community Supported Agriculture. Since I didn’t have the sunlight or space for a vegetable garden until about 6 weeks ago, and I try to eat as local and pesticide free as possible, it’s the best possible choice for me. And I’m supporting a local farmer. However, being part of […]

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Curried Venison

A lot of great things have happened because two unlikely things collided. Mork & Mindy. Come on. Who would have thought that an alien from the planet Ork and a spunky gal could have hit it off so well? Sea Salt & Caramel You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten Earth Momma’s salted caramel cheesecake. You’ll […]

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Chicken-Fried Venison

My job can get crazy sometimes. Yep. Crazier than two men and two sheep on a motorbike. And sometimes it can me ME crazy. But it’s got its perks. I learned how to make the best omelet of my life from Yankee Bitch, who I am delighted to sit next to every day. (read about […]

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The Basic Muffin + Endless Variations

Ah, the muffin. The quintessential breakfast quick bread. Sure, you can break out the Martha White “just-add-milk” mix. Or you can expend a tiny bit more effort and make a truly beautiful muffin. All it takes is a little knowledge to make excellent muffins every time. First tip: Mix the dry and wet ingredients together with […]

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Orange Glazed Baked Ham

Let’s face it, Thanksgiving is all about the meat. So is Sunday dinner. But’s it’s mid-November, so we’re in Thanksgiving mode. If you’re like me, and are  just a little terrible at the whole cooking of the meat thing, then a ham is for you! Baking a ham is just about the easiest thing you can […]

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Best Cornbread Dressing

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without dressing. Or do you call it stuffing? This can be a point of contention–almost as controversial as how you pronounce the word “pecan.” (for the record, it’s pronounced “p’con.”) But since this does not go in any cavity (except your mouth) (sorry, I couldn’t stop myself from typing that…), it’s […]

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Green Bean Casserole a la Alton Brown

Ah, Thanksgiving. Pounds and pounds of foods you don’t normally eat. Family. Lots and lots of family. And, if you’re lucky, lots of wine. Holidays are full of traditions. Who cuts the turkey, who starts the “I’m thankful for….” conversation, who gets drunk in the kitchen first and insults Aunt Edna. You know, normal, healthy […]

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