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Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya from the Cooking Up A Storm Cookbook for Pass the Cook Book Club

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I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans. It pulled me long before Chef John Besh entered the culinary scene as a contestant for Iron Chef, and was tugging at me prior to reading Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. If I believed … Continue reading

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Basil and Parsley Tortellini Soup from The Lion and the Rose

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‘I was supposed to cook for you,’ he complained. ‘I had it all planned! I’d find you in the kitchens somehow – I wasn’t sure how I’d manage that part, but I thought it could be done. And then I’d … Continue reading

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Venison Stew with Brandy Cream Sauce from The Lion and the Rose by Kate Quinn

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I would hate to have to come up with a meal for the most influential man in the world. That may be one of the reasons that I have adored Kate Quinn’s historical fiction books about the life of Pope … Continue reading

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White Chocolate Mousse with Frangelico ~ Pass the Cook Book Club

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Yes, you read that correctly. This yummy dessert isn’t from one of the many magazines strewn around my house. You’re not going to find the recipe at the check-out line of your grocery store or on the rack in the … Continue reading

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Fast Facts About the ALL-NEW Fast 5, Free with Nutrisystem My Way Program

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrisystem for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. My friends, I tried. Really, I did. I planned to control myself on Wednesday, to make sure I didn’t overfill my … Continue reading

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What Staples and Starbucks Have In Common

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This is a true story. A little over a month ago, a friend offered me a half-off coupon for a well-known single brewer. Hubby and I looked at them and seriously considered getting one.  But, after looking at the cost, … Continue reading

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Cognac & Cranberry Scones

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If you want to make me happy, hand me a scone along with my morning cup of coffee. That, my friends, is what I call joy on a plate. As you know if you’ve been around here a while, my … Continue reading

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Broiled Pumpkin with Apples from Mario Batali’s Molto Gusto #passthecookbookclub

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Shortly before Halloween, Dudette and I headed over to the Piedmont-Triad Farmers’ Market. I love that place, but it’s far enough away that we have to actually plan to go there, packing lunches, bringing suitcases, remembering in-car entertainment. Okay, it’s … Continue reading

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Putting the ‘Giving’ Back In Thanksgiving (and a #Giveaway)

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I’m not going to beat around the bush. Okay, okay, I never beat around the bush, but this time I’m going to do it even less. This giveaway is a very thinly veiled way to get you to head over … Continue reading

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Magazine Recipe Round-Up No. 2: Fine Cooking Magazine, October/November 2013

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I figured it was about time I brought you another magazine round-up, so even though I just might make one more dish from this month’s issue (the Bourbon-Caramel Pumpkin Tart on the front cover is wooing me), I decided I’d … Continue reading

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