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[13 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Thai Quinoa Salad

Last night I made what could be the most delicious recipe I’ve found on Pinterest to date. The original recipe – provided by Crazy Vegan Kitchen – was (obviously) vegan. Mine was not. I also made a couple of other substitutions that made it easier (for me) to make.
Salad
1 cup white quinoa
1 can low sodium chicken broth (+ enough H2O to complete 2 cups)
1 yellow bell pepper, small diced
1 red bell pepper, small diced
½ red onion, small diced
½ cup shredded mint leaves
½ cup shredded cilantro
½ cup shredded Thai basil (I …

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[27 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Beef Tenderloin

Many years ago, beef tenderloin became the entree of choice for my family’s Christmas dinner celebration. For the most part, we’ve used a recipe given to my mom by a long-time friend and caterer. I’ve adapted it, and it’s now one of my favorite “fancy” dishes to serve.
Ingredients
beef tenderloin – I’m typically cooking a 5-6 lb loin
Marinade
1/2 c. olive oil
2/3 c. soy sauce
1/2 c. red wine vinegar
4-5 garlic cloves
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary (~5 inches long)
salt & fresh ground pepper
Directions
Make sure the beef is trimmed of most of the fat …

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[6 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

So everyone knows kale and brussel sprouts are all the rage. I’ve been enjoying eating these salads out (though some have nailed it down better than others), and recently I thought, I can do that. I can make a kale and brussel sprout salad at home that tastes good and enjoy the health benefits at the same time.
I did a little research, came up with what I thought was the right concoction & hit pay dirt. The first time I made this, I knew it was a hit. Here goes:
Kale and …

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[1 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Hearty Vegetable Soup

The first time I told my husband we were having vegetable soup for supper he asked, “And what else?”
Now, this is his most requested recipe and an easy staple for winter months. I started making it in college when I lived with my brother and it was also a favorite of “the boys” – think D 1-A football players – so this is definitely hearty. A single recipe creates about 10 servings, and since there are only two of us, I typically freeze part of each pot, creating a great 5-minute meal for …

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[18 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Cheesy Apples

So I’m very late in posting this recipe, but I promise you, you need to bookmark this and save it for later. You won’t regret it.
At first, the idea of cheesy apples sounds… odd, I’ll give you that. But I guarantee that if you’ll try it, you will find the perfect meal for this to become a staple of, and you’ll never want to forget it. For me, growing up this was a part of Christmas Day Brunch – served alongside eggs, bacon and Mom’s famous tea ring – so …

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[13 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Caramel Apple Cake

The husband of a good friend used to make a delicious apple cake from a recipe in Southern Living. I made his recipe once years ago, but recently when I had a hankering for one, I couldn’t find it. I did find something very similar that I’ve now made twice this fall. I don’t know of this one is actually better, or if it has just been so long that I can no longer accurately compare the two, but this one is darn good.
Ingredients
2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored & chopped …

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[17 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Tabouli

I was introduced to tabouli when a Mediterranean / Greek restaurant moved in across from my office building and couldn’t believe how a delicious salad like this had escaped me all these years. I now make this frequently in the summer and even serve it to guests who are trying it for the first time.
This is a super easy recipe, and while it makes a lot, it is also very easy to divide. The ingredients are forgiving, so if do you want to just make it with one bunch of parsley instead …

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[25 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Thai Butternut Squash Soup

I started making this last fall, and it has been a hit everywhere I’ve served it. Even my mom – who had previously sworn she didn’t like anything butternut squash – loved it & gladly took a pint home for her & Dad to enjoy. She even invited me to bring it as an appetizer on Thanksgiving. Most recently, I served this when I hosted my book club. 

Thai Butternut Squash Soup
1 large butternut squash, peeled & cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 lbs)
2 cups chicken broth
1 14 oz can unsweetened …

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[30 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Balsamic-Tomato Dipping Sauce

It is the time for entertaining which means the need for easy and tasty appetizers. There is a local restaurant that is famous for its delicious dipping sauce for bread. It is a twist on bruschetta, with tomato and balsamic vinegar being the primary flavors. I’ve been trying to recreate it, and recently had the best success yet. I tried it out on my book club, most of whom have had the original, and they were very pleased with the results.
Because this is the type of dish that gets better …

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[30 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Restaurant Review :: Park’s Edge

Just a block away from the cluster that is the rejuvenated Inman Park social scene on Highland Avenue, sits the aptly named Park’s Edge. Self-proclaimed as “Inman Park’s Best Kept Secret,” that will no longer be the case when February 3rd’s episode of Kitchen Nightmares – a reality TV show who’s famous host, Gordon Ramsey, is known for taking a tough love approach to cleaning up restaurant messes – airs and features the quaint neighborhood eatery.
My husband and I joined several friends there on Friday night, hoping to take advantage …