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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Sesame Noodles

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Two snow days in a row have taught me something vitally important. The Cosby show is still genius. Sesame Noodles: What it took for 2: * 1/2 pound whole wheat spaghetti * 3 Tbs. all natural peanut butter * 3 Tbs. soy sauce * 2 Tbs. brown sugar * 1 tsp sambal oelek * 6 […]

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Mahi Mahi – Easy Peasy

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Aaaah, tonight’s dinner takes me back. It reminds me of my mid-twenties when I spent some time in Greece. (I’ve never been to Greece.) Back when I was eagerly studying multiple foreign languages abroad. (Yeah, that never happened either.) Back when I spent all of my free time with Jamie Oliver galavanting along the pebbly […]

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