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I wanted to try the Forbidden Rice, because – hello, it’s Forbidden.  And I’m a rebel like that.  Sort of.  Not really. Okay, only sometimes.  The black rice looks so shocking in the package next to all those other bland and boring looking grains.  It’s almost impossible to pass up.  Allegedly, it was forbidden due […]

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I would make a wretched vegetarian, but I’m cooking/preparing food for a client doing the Standard Process Cleanse this month. The general idea of this cleanse is consuming all vegetables (at least 1/2 consumed raw) and fresh fruits with a few allowances for small servings of psuedo-grains (lentils or quinoa only), scant amounts of healthy […]

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It’s possible my children are aliens.  Or perhaps that’s just the announcement of the 3rd snow day in a row talking.  Either way, the four year old cried at dinner that what he really wanted was flounder and wilted spinach.  It took me almost a quarter century to delve into seafood, and I’m still blaming […]

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I know the postings have been super light this month so I’m working on getting back into a habit of regular posts.  It’s not that I haven’t been cooking, just a tremendous amount of it is from my Meal Delivery Service Menu and most of those things I’ve already blogged! In, other news I have […]

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In the last three weeks, I’ve moved.  My husband started a new job.  I lived without cable, internet, or home phone service for 16 days.  I’ve registered my baby for kindergarten, watched and participated in two kids learning to swim, fretted and nested over the impending birth of our best friends’ new baby, celebrated my […]

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When I moved to the great state of Texas, I came from deep in the midwest, with southern roots and southern parents, but absolutely no idea what life had in store for me.  My parents always wanted me to go to school in the south, they would wind up here , dang it, and so […]

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By popular demand, DinnerandConversation has branched out to offer both personal chef services and catering services.  Check out my new catering menu at the top of the page.  If you find yourself picking up takeout weekly or simply tired of your own meals on rotation, my personal chef services may be perfect for you.  Maybe […]

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I’ve been working on the best recipe for fresh pitas for just over a month since posting the Cannellini Beans, Artichoke and Fresh Rosemary Dip.  I’ve tried bread flour, white flour, whole wheat flours.  I’ve tried direct in the oven, on a hot pizza stone, and on a hot metal sheet pan.  I’ve created completely […]

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It feels surprising that I have yet to cover one of the most basic homemade meals of all times, chicken soup.  Aside from being good for the soul, chicken soup is also thought to have actual healing properties when made from scratch.  In the depths of winter, it’s almost like running a humidifier in your […]

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Wait, Who’s Bob?  Who the heck cares?  This was the response I got when John and Kari first gave me this recipe.  There may have been an expletive involved, but then again, I like to embrace all the English language has to offer me so perhaps that’s just my memory.  John D’s mother, Sylvia, is […]

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