Chicken With Beans and Something Spicy

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Who says getting a workout is impossible while under the weather? With all this coughing and blowing my nose, my stomach is this shy of a washboard. Or, it might just be the fog in my head causing hallucinations. THAT explains seeing Jude Law holding a garden hose and wearing a tutu in the women’s […]

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Healing Soba Noodle Soup

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We’ve suffered through day two of the raging flu at my house. While subtle moans of what sound to be human agony resonate from the sofa, I’m constantly trying to keep the house decontaminated by hosing down the walls with sanitizer and attaching a tube from my husband’s mouth that leads out the back door. […]

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Going All Out

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Did you know that each year on Valentine’s Day Robitussin releases a bottle of their most impressive formula, straight from the reserves? It’s true! It’s for people with mucus lodged in their face cavities like me, all the way to those who are bed-ridden with the full-blown flu, like my husband. This bottle is only […]

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Balentime’s Bay!

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I’m back! And you’ll never guess what I brought with me. A hefty case of the sniffles, a sore throat and a stopped-up nose. Yay! I’m not sure if it was the four plane rides in the middle of winter, or the fact that my sister coughed right in my face after warning me about […]

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Shrimp and Tortilla Soup

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Alright winter weather, my bag is packed. My boarding pass is printed. There’s no stopping me now. You have approximately 17 hours to melt, clear up and GET GONE. ….Pretty please? With a tortilla strip on top? Shrimp and Tortilla Soup: What it took for 2: * ½ pound medium frozen shrimp, thawed and pat […]

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Smoked Chickpeas. No, Not That Kind.

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So I’ve been mentally packing for my trip this week. One of the items I was giddily going to include was my new pair of cream Sperry Topsiders. Then the darkness set in: a cruel trick from Mother Nature, a plot against me in my desire to wear warm weather footwear. I tell you what, […]

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Super Sliders

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So what’s this big ping-pong match on TV today? Or is it an extremely competitive piano recital contest? Either way, what sports on TV means to me is: theme cooking! I’ve got my jersey on, my handmade football vases filled with flowers and dark charcoal marks under both of my eyes. (Yeah, none of this […]

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Chicken and Dumplings

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So, last week I had a few requests for a good chicken and dumplings recipe. I’ve, uh, never actually made these dumplings you speak of, but why not! In a slight panic I called my Memaw and begged for her secret recipe. A sweet, southern email and 15 minutes of coaching later, I was ready […]

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