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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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Goin’ On a Road Trip

I work hard at my job. Very, very hard. But everyone needs a vacation. Right? So I’m taking off. Hitting the road. Burning rubber. And since no one else in my life can take two weeks off to go on a tacky road trip, I’m going alone. I won’t be updating this blog while I’m […]

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Authors You Must Read

There are some authors who are so all-around good that you can’t single one of their works out. I’ve encountered a few over my lifetime, and am always on the lookout for another. I may have mentioned a book or two of the following authors in previous posts, but really these guys fall under the […]

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Things I’ve Learned

Believe it or not, these are all serious things I’ve learned. Yes, some are sappy, but fellas, sometimes I’m a sappy person. 1.┬áStraightening the bedcovers makes any room look better. 2. When on a trip, always bring more underwear than you think you need. Turning it inside out doesn’t always work. Just saying. 3. Tea […]

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Current Reads: V

I’ve recently read a rash of books about living off the land, making things by hand, and living (what I think is) The Good Life. I thought I’d share this bounty. Made From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich Graphic designer by day, somewhat of a farmer by night, Jenna […]

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Basics: Spaghetti Carbonara

It’s Valentine’s Week. Cute chubby angels are everywhere. Flowers take on a new level of importance. Antacids with “Hug Me” printed on them are flying off the shelves likes guns since the gun control “scare” (just an observation….). And YOU are in a bind. You’ve got to do something spectacular for that significant other, but […]

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Basics: How to Make Grilled Cheese

You think you know how to make grilled cheese, right? Two slices of bread, some cheese, smear on a bit of margarine. Throw it all on a hot pan. Right? Nope. There’s more to the Art of Grilled Cheese than just some fake butter and willy nilly cheese. Dudes, there are RULES to grilled cheese. […]

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Basics: How to Make Rice

If you can make rice, you’re well on your way to culinary stardom. Well, at least you’ll be able to feed yourself better. And you’ll always have a carby side dish. It can be yellow rice, wild rice, cajun dirty rice, or good, sturdy, dependable, long-grain white rice. And you can use leftovers to make […]

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Basics: How to Make Soup

Soup is one of the great comfort foods. It’s also one of the easiest and cheapest things you can make. Feeling sick? Make soup. Chilly weather outside? Make soup. Need to clean out your fridge? Make soup. Only have $2.00? Make soup. There are a few basic rules to making soup: 1. Put everything into […]

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Basics: Eggs Three Ways

Remember childhood? I do. For me, it was all about the hunt. I remember searching for the perfect “fort” in the woods, looking for the perfect sweatshirt (it had to be comfortable while reflecting my ultra-cool personality), foraging for the perfect dandelion leaves and mushrooms for a snack, (if there’s a zombie apocalypse, you probably […]

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