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.

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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]
Rare Roast Beef with Pickled Green Tomatoes

Rare Roast Beef with Pickled Green Tomatoes

Perfectly roasted, thinly sliced and accented with a tart, spicy, sassy side, Rare Roast Beef with Pickled Green Tomatoes is an amazing, delicious dish. I have to admit, I'm a bit confused. Being a fan of the grill, I've cooked a bunch of meat in my time. I can flip a burger, barbecue a chicken leg and smoke a pork butt with the big boys. Smoking is definitely one of my favorite ways to cook. Low and slow[read more]
Smoked Gouda Carbonara

Smoked Gouda Carbonara

Silky, creamy and utterly delicious, Smoked Gouda Carbonara is Italian comfort food at its best. Eight times, my friends. Eight. That's how many times I've shared carbonara in some way, shape or form here. Because I've waxed eloquent on so many occasions about my love for authentic Spaghetti Carbonara, I'm not going to do it again. If you want to know how deep the passion runs, you can read about it here, or here, or even here. I have[read more]
Sticky Korean Lamb Skewers

Sticky Korean Lamb Skewers

Wow friends and family with a different kind of kebab. Sticky Korean Lamb Skewers have an Asian zing and are finger-licking-good. du·bi·ous ˈd(y)o͞obēəs/ adjective 1. hesitating or doubting. Usually, when I see a recipe that combines several things I love, my reaction is along the lines of, 'What a brilliant idea.' Sometimes, however, as in this case, that's not quite my reaction. I love lamb. I mean really love lamb. As much as I adore a delicious, rare, Porterhouse, nothing beats a perfectly[read more]