A Southern Grace: 2017

August 15, 2017

in defense of moist

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Maple yogurt pound cake. So many people hate the word moist!

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August 9, 2017

try it with ranch

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Bacon ranch pasta salad. Americans are unique in that they put ranch dressing on just about everything, isn't that true? I suspect folks in Greece or Switzerland aren't dousing their foods with it, but I could be wrong.

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August 2, 2017

pretty poultry purses

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Chicken pot pie purses. Chicken pot pie is very near the top of my list for of favorite comfort foods of all time.

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July 25, 2017

put up your dukkahs!

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Pistachio dukkah chicken. Though I'm not what anyone would call an adventurous eater, I've definitely branched out quite a bit during my pregnancy. I don't want to do anything to deter our daughter from eating eagerly and fearlessly!

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July 18, 2017

attitude of gratitude #CelebrateAllSummer

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I was absolutely overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and generosity of my family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors during my pregnancy and in the days and weeks following Eva's birth.

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July 10, 2017

summer lovin' #SnackSnapShare #SnackStories

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I make no excuses for my sweet tooth. Given the choice between dessert and just about any other food selection, I'll take dessert every time.

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June 29, 2017

introductions are in order

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Meet Eva, the best thing I ever made.


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June 23, 2017

blitz bliss

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Blueberry almond blitz k├╝chen. While I will sometimes embark on ambitious baking endeavors, I suspect I'll always prefer the quick fix that delivers a tasty treat.

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June 15, 2017

charred, i'm sure

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Grilled pork kebabs. Pork has always been runner-up to chicken on my list of preferred proteins...until now.

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June 13, 2017

grains on the brain

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Blueberry and wheat berry salad. If you had told me a few years ago that I'd become smitten with grain salads, I would've laughed in your face (as politely as possible).

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June 8, 2017

match made in heaven

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Chicken cheesesteak sloppy joes. It seems like an obvious hybrid (like the zorse), but until I saw it, I had never thought about it before (like the zorse!)!

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June 6, 2017

same song, different tune

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Blueberry delight. When you find a delicious recipe that also happens to be versatile, it's a baker's responsibility to try different variations of it.

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June 1, 2017

totally transcendent

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Lazy daisy cake. Bold statement: This is the most delicious cake I've had in quite some time. Our wedding cake* is probably the most recent cake that can even come close!


*Our fresh wedding cake, I should make clear. To say that tasting it out of the freezer on our first anniversary was disappointing would be a drastic understatement.

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May 30, 2017

better late than never

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Mustardy kale. Yes, more kale.

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May 25, 2017

lush-ious

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Butterscotch lush. I can't help it. I associate the word "lush" with someone who drinks too much.

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May 23, 2017

stuffed.

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Chicken cheesesteak stuffed shells. That single word currently describes the way I feel 24-7.

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May 18, 2017

more s'mores! #SameTasteNewLook

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S'mores make me feel like a kid again.

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May 15, 2017

genetic predisposition #CleanMyWay #TeamDishCloth

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Both of my grandmas use dish cloths. My mom uses dish cloths. It's only natural that I reach for the dish cloth over the sponge too.

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May 11, 2017

cool and creamy combo

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Creamy cucumber dill pasta salad. When I think of summer staples, pasta salad always comes to mind. After all, what's a potluck or picnic without it?

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May 8, 2017

enthusiastic eaters #DogsLoveNutrishDISH

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We've developed a bit of an odd ritual when supper time comes around.

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May 2, 2017

risotto notto

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Farrotto with tomatoes and kale. More farro! More kale!

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April 27, 2017

angeled eggs

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Cucumber dill cream cheese deviled eggs. Are you deviled egged out? I don't think I'll ever reach that point.

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April 24, 2017

craving met

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Peanut butter snack cake. I'm not saying weird pregnancy cravings aren't real--in fact, I'm sure they are--but I haven't really had any.

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April 19, 2017

second fiddle #RememberBeyond

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For his whole life in our house (19 out of 21 months), Marleau has been the center of attention. That's about to change.

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April 13, 2017

hash it out

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Potato hash with kale and apples. I do believe kale might be a pregnant woman's best friend!

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April 11, 2017

a light delight!

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Cherry cheesecake bars. I struggled with my contribution to our Easter meal (which we celebrated early).


Inexcusably, this is because I just simply didn't want to share.

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April 6, 2017

farro be it from me to tell you what to eat

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Caprese Farro. But you should eat this.

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April 3, 2017

double dang!

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Vanilla bean butter cake. Dang!


That's what I said after my first bite of this cake.

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March 30, 2017

basketball and bagels

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While I do love watching basketball, it's important to me to have something on which to nosh during the games.

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March 27, 2017

snap to it

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Sausage and potatoes. My husband and I recently had a lively debate about the meaning of the term "cold snap."

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March 23, 2017

the ooey-gooey factor

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Mozzarella meatball bake. It's no secret that I have very strong, often very strange preferences when it comes to food. I think I confound my husband just about every day in that way.

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March 20, 2017

internally iced

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Cream Cheese Swirl Carrot Cake. When I worked at a bakery (which, in hindsight, was completely awesome), the only thing I disliked more than making pie crusts was making frosting.


And I made A LOT of frosting.

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March 15, 2017

two firsts

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Farro with fennel. I got brave and tried two previously untasted ingredients together...and I liked them both!

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March 9, 2017

pokes and nudges

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Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake. I have never experienced anything as simultaneously blissful and weird as feeling our baby move around inside me.

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March 6, 2017

know any good cordwainers?

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Chicken cobbler. Does anyone have the title of "cobbler" anymore? Or are they simply called shoemakers now?

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March 1, 2017

hybridized #LeggoMyEggo #HearTheNews

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I can cook. I can bake. I cannot, for the life of me, make a decent pancake or waffle from a mix.

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seasonal shmeasonal #CoffeehouseBlend

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I'm a big fan of many limited time only flavors of things like cereal, candies, and coffee beverages, and I wonder if part of the appeal is that they're not available any and every time I have a desire for one.


Absence makes the heart grow fonder, after all.

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February 27, 2017

my favorite sport

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For about one quarter of my life, basketball was everything to me.

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February 23, 2017

all the right stuff

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Skillet caprese chicken. This is a single dish that happens to satisfy many of my cravings at once.

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February 21, 2017

reverse fake

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Fudgy brownies. My husband likes brownies from a box. I get it, they remind him of childhood.

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February 15, 2017

living like an animal #NewPetNoStains

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Dogs make messes. That's all there is to it.

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February 9, 2017

cooked hands

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Baked manicotti. I'm not a pasta lover.


However, when it's a component of something that's about 75% cheese, I can bear it.

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February 7, 2017

soothing soup

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Black bean soup. I can't stop myself from craving soup these days.

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January 31, 2017

fantastic fusion

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Pecan pie pound cake. I often see things online that I'd like to make and, more importantly, eat. My Pinterest account makes that obvious.


It's a rare and special occasion, though, that I'll be inspired to drop all future plans and make something I see immediately.

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January 24, 2017

fired up! #AllStarSnackBar

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I don't mind watching football--it's a game I understand and have actually played many times--but for me, the big draw to any game is the food being offered!

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January 19, 2017

leave no snack behind #TheNewFanFavorites

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"Waste not, want not" is a great mantra for the new year, especially since a certain big football game is coming up.


In my experience, nothing is wasted during something as uproarious as a football-watching party!

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January 12, 2017

indefinably delicious

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I've made a cake that's decadent yet light, sweet yet balanced, and totally devourable.


The only problem is that I just can't think of a good name for it.

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January 9, 2017

memories should linger... #WipeAwayHolidayMess

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... messes should not.

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January 3, 2017

eat more cake

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Cranberry orange cake. I didn't think it would happen, but we had quite a bit of cranberry sauce leftover from Thanksgiving.


That's a fine problem to have, to be sure!

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