Spaghetti and Meatballs

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From the ages of 9 to 19, I lived in New Mexico. I lived in a small desert town in the Southeastern corner called Hobbs. We used to say, “It’s not what’s in Hobbs, it’s WHO’s in Hobbs.” Boy was that the freaking truth. Because WHAT was in Hobbs was tumbleweeds, oil and HEAT. And […]

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Chicken Sear with Bell Pepper Ragout

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A few Christmases ago my sister-in-law, Carolyn gave me a subscription to Fine Cooking magazine. I remember getting so excited that I choked on my eggnog and had to hold on to Aaron for support. Since then, I’ve been completely and unadulteratedly obsessed with the magazine. Carolyn shares the obsession. Every time I visit her […]

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Orzo with Corn, Zucchini and Spicy Sausages

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Did you know it’s a full moon today? Have you fallen down 13 times, worn your bra on the outside of your shirt and kissed your boss? That’s why. You shan’t be blamed. Actually, if we play our cards right, this whole full moon thing could really be on our side. We could play Follow […]

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I’m Guest Posting, You Guys!

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So check it out, the sweetest of the sweet Aggie, from www.aggieskitchen.com came to me recently about guest posting on her blog. Um, let me think about it YESSSSSSS. Remember this sneak peek from last week? Well, all of your dreams are about to come true because the GREAT REVEAL is on her blog today! […]

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Jalapeno Peppers: Before and After

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I spy something green. I spy something 4 inches long. I spy something spicy. I spy a bowl filled with 3,915 of these things. I spy a garden birthing 7,624 more of these things. I spy a panicked married couple staring at each other through a blur of tears, scratching their armpits and wondering how […]

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Chicken and Green Bean Stir-Fry

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You need to know something about my husband. You don’t know how hard this is for me to tell you. I’m fully aware that this could be a deal-breaker. But just listen to me. And after you hear this, if you need to shut down your computer, go for a run, take a hot shower […]

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The Mojito. Moe-Hee-Toe.

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Yesterday afternoon a couple of girlfriends came over to see my new mortar and pestle. You guys, it was like I’d brought home a new baby. We gazed upon it. We pet it. We lovingly wished great blessings upon it. And then we muddled the tar out of some mint and started drinking. Making a […]

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Wild Flower Pickin’

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The girls are coming over in a bit for some mojitos. We’re going to give my new mortar and pestle a proper christening. For the event, I thought a little bit of backyard wild flower pickin’ was in order. I’m even going to WASH MY HAIR.    

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Tuscan-Style Soup with Escarole and White Beans

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I remember when I first discovered Giada De Laurentiis. I would watch her in sheer amazement. “How is she that pretty?” I would ponder. “How can I get my hair to look that incredible while trussing a chicken?” I wondered. “Who is the contractor for her kitchen and can I get his number?” I would […]

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