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To combat the inertia threatening to lock me in a culinary bell jar, I’ve been rereading an old stack of the now defunct Gourmet Magazine.  Looking for a flavor, an ingredient, a style I’d forgotten about, anything really.  I stumbled across a 2008 recipe for cumin-scented stir fried beef with celery.  The recipe looked intriguing […]

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I like to fancy myself a housewife version of the Iron Chef, where Kitchen Stadium more closely resembles an obstacle course with the biggest risks involving slipping on a stray lego thus losing valuable preparation minutes or accidentally losing a finger due to an imposing plastic tarantula’s presence scaring the life right out of you.  […]

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These ribs are so tender and packed with flavor that you might be tempted to drink the sauce straight from a glass.  You certainly will want to add an extra ladle full to your plate.  My recipe is adapted from an October 2007 issue of Bon Appetit.  One of the greatest things about this recipe […]

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A good pot roast has seen me through the worst of times.  In our family, in times of major life crisis, we turn to the purest form of love and comfort – a pot roast.  Somehow the stewed chuck roast and vegetables provide a warm hug to dry up your tears and help you find […]

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I write frequently about really involved recipes as the cooking *process* is the part in which I’m really interested.  That said, I do have a few meals I’ve acquired over time that are super fast and easy, as well as really yummy.  I learned this one from my mother (thanks Mommy!), and I think it’s […]

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French Onion Soup Recipe

French Onion Soup has always been one of my favorites.  It’s warm, comforting, and a perfect accompaniment for everything from Caesar salad to a giant Ribeye Steak.  Traditionally it’s served topped with a crouton then shredded Gruyere as shown in the picture.  I’m not a huge fan of soggy bread, but I love dipping so […]

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When trying to recreate a recipe, it’s probably a good idea to have tasted it sometime in the last decade.  I have this glorious memory of the Beef and Barley Soup served at the Madrigal dinners in my high school.  I was a lowly serving wench back in those days, kept out of the kitchen […]

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Friends, I’ve been lost in a book. Rather a series.  Rather several series, but usually, I can suck myself out, back to the real world as I know it.  These last few days have been like childhood, only instead of me gasping exasperated at one of my sisters lost in Gone With the Wind, or […]

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Making a standing rib roast in Texas is July is borderline insanity, but it’s one of my favorite things to eat/cook so I do it anyway.  Apparently it’s one of my 2 year old son’s as well since he knocked back at least a pound of beef all on his own.  Plus he likes end […]

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If you eat beef, it would be borderline insanity not to love beef tenderloin sandwiches.  Tenderloin, though expensive, is such a great cut of meat, it’s almost impossible to mess up.  Lots of people marinate them and otherwise season, I go for utter simplicity in my tenderloin and let the meat show its unparalleled flavor. […]

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