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Butternut Squash Risotto, Illustrated

My boss recently turned me on to Cook’s Illustrated. How I had never pur­chased this mag­a­zine is beyond me. While I adore the amaz­ing food pho­tog­ra­phy, I really enjoy how the focus of CI is per­fect­ing the taste of recipes. No adver­tis­ing, no non­sense, just great recipes and help­ful tips. The cur­rent issue is “Italian […]

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Creamy Winter Squash Soup and Fancy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

A few weeks ago we received this strange, bul­bous, warty squash from our CSA. We had no idea what it was. After some research we dis­cov­ered that it was a Hubbard squash. I read that their flesh tends to be very moist and they they need to be cooked longer but that they are perfect […]

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Hearty Harvest Hash & Cheesy Corn Muffins with Fresh Cayenne Peppers

It is beau­ti­ful out­side right now here in Nashville. It’s sunny, 70º and out my win­dow I can see the leaves del­i­cately float­ing toward the ground. With Fall in full swing here, I’ve been want­ing a good hearty break­fast. Taking full advan­tage of our new Lodge cast-iron cook­ware, Megan and I tag-teamed in the kitchen […]

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Savory Butternut Squash and Potato Tart with Bacon and Herb Cream Sauce

First things first: it’s been a while. Too long. Between cel­e­bra­tory fes­tiv­i­ties and an enor­mous project at work, I’ve been slammed. Unfortunately, that has resulted in less time for the full-on cook­ing and doc­u­ment­ing of said full-onness. I promise I’ll try to do bet­ter, but I make no promises. And now on to our irregularly […]

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Birthdays, Cupcakes and BACON!!!

So, I’ve got a birth­day com­ing up this week. Apparently it’s a big one, as Tuesday is my last day of youth. At the stroke of mid­night early Wednesday morn, I will enter my 30th year. Am I wor­ried about it or stressed out about becom­ing old? No. Not really. Whether it’s 30, 4050, […]

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Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Ribs & Green Peas

Basic Kraft Macaroni and Cheese fan­cied up with left­over smoked baby back ribs (smoked by Dan!), green peas and a lot of freshly shred­ded Parmesan and sharp ched­dar cheese. Smokey, cheesy, creamy deliciousness!

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An Even Better BLT and More Sunday Wine Fun

So last time I made a BLT, it was pretty freak­ing awe­some and that was before the height of tomato sea­son. Today I found a decent local Yellow Brandywine tomato at our Kroger of all places and decided I wanted a BLT. But, this time I took it to the next level: Frying. I enjoy […]

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A Sunday of Preparation: Wine & Pasta Sauce

Sundays in our house are often a day of rest and prepa­ra­tion. This Sunday was no dif­fer­ent. We had a bunch of toma­toes from the CSA that we needed to use so we decided on mak­ing some roasted veg­etable pasta sauce. It’s really easy, but takes a while so its per­fectly suited to Sundays. I […]

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Shrimp & Smoked Sausage Gumbo

This week we were very excited to see okra in our box from Avalon Acres, our CSA. Growing up, I hated okra. It was slimy and had a ter­ri­ble tex­ture. The only way I would eat it was fried, and even then half the time I’d just pull the bread­ing off and eat that. My […]

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Peaches & Irish Cream French Toast

After a late night out with friends last night, I had hoped to sleep in and have a fairly lazy Saturday. Apparently my body had dif­fer­ent things in mind as I was wide awake at 8 am. While Megan con­tin­ued to sleep, I began think­ing of what to make for break­fast and real­ized that I […]

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