Christiane, the Mom Chef      I buy magazines, I subscribe to magazines, I collect magazines. And they're all about food. Do you love them like I do? Then let's test out the recipes together, shall we?
  
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Recipes

Looking for a recipe? This is the place to start the search. Dishes are arranged by category, or if you prefer, you can check out the magazines as well.

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Local Flavor

North Carolina is home to some fantastic things, from places to eat to stuff you find on your grocery shelves and I look forward to sharing it all with you.

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I Tried That

One of the things I love about magazines are the tidbits of crafty things to do; little things that look cool. You want to try them? So do I.

Recent Posts

Cod with Fennel and Fingerling Potatoes

Cod with Fennel and Fingerling Potatoes

The delicate flavor of cod is beautifully enhanced with a light flavor of fennel. Served with fingerling potatoes, this is a dish that satisfies. I'm trying to actually like fish instead of eating it because it's healthy and I'm supposed to. I suppose it means I'm growing up since I choose to serve it to myself instead of having to force it down my throat like I do to my daughter. The difference in fish that I[read more]
Beet-and-Quinoa Salad

Beet-and-Quinoa Salad

Fresh, sweet and crunchy, Beet-and-Quinoa Salad is a perfect dish to bring to any gathering this summer. My husband called it apocalyptic thunder, a perfect description for what woke us up the other night and almost made us mess ourselves in bed. It's a thing that's become a regular occurrence here in the southeast. It's become impossible to plan outdoor events. Even if we check the weather week's in advance and the little icon is a smiling, shaded[read more]
Risotto with Pesto and Peas

Risotto with Pesto and Peas

This is comfort food at its best. Ham and peas partner with pesto and risotto in this creamy, delicious dish.  I was with a friend not too long ago, and as I tend to do, I asked him one of my strange, random questions. In this instance, my query was along the lines of if he was trapped on a desert island for the rest of his life and had cases upon cases of one kind[read more]
Ratatouille-Stuffed Shells

Ratatouille-Stuffed Shells

Jumbo pasta shells are the perfect container for the glorious combination of vegetables that is ratatouille. Shells stuffed with deliciousness! As part of our budget-keeping efforts, Doug and I pack lunches for work just about every day. In order to make that happen, when I cook a meal, I try to do so as though I'm serving 6-8 people instead of just the three of us. Sometimes that plan works well and I'm able to put the leftovers[read more]
Hot Ranch Crab Dip

Hot Ranch Crab Dip

Creamy, laced with herbs and Worchestershire sauce and addictingly delicious, Hot Ranch Crab Dip will be a party favorite after the first bite. Because I feel guilty if I make appetizers for dinner instead of a regular meat/starch/vegetable combination, I try to create a good reason for the 'junk' food. Such was the case this weekend when I was preparing to make this dip. I poked my head into the family room and asked Doug what sports events[read more]