A Few Words About Charlie Trotter | Scrambled Egg Stack with Hash of Chanterelle Mushrooms, Sweet Potato, Onions, and Kale Recipe

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Charlie Trotter died this morning. Suddenly, unexpectedly, and much, much younger than the age my husband is now. (shudder) Mr. Trotter is one of my culinary heroes, and I was very much hoping to meet him someday. [In brighter news, our White Silkie laid her first eggs this week.] You see, Charlie Trotter never went… 

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Southern Utah | Shirred Eggs with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Toasted Ciabatta

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Sometimes, I don’t choose breakfast. Breakfast chooses me. Specifically, last Sunday’s Travel section cover story in the local paper highlighted an area of the world that I was just in not two weeks ago. My trip to Southern Utah was amazing. And I mean that in the exact sense of the word: stunning, astonishing, even… 

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Scrambled Egg Stack with Hash of Sweet Potato, Onions, Peppers, Mushrooms, Asparagus, and Kale Recipe

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Let’s call this post: How to impress your house guest with a scrambled egg breakfast. … My spring garden pot with Tuscan kale and purple basil. The husband went out of town this weekend so a girlfriend stopped by to keep me company. In actuality, I begged her to sleep over because I didn’t want… 

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My First Catering Fail | Peanut Butter and Boysenberry Jelly Bars

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It was bound to happen: My first-ever catering fail. About two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to cater sweets for a corporate baby shower. The guest of honor (pappa-to-be) met me at my car to help me unload, and then wheeled in the boxes of cupcakes. The time: 9:45 AM; fifteen minutes to spare… 

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Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs | Nabeyaki Udon with Oyster Mushrooms, Fresh Upland Cress and Chicken Egg

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Let’s talk about Salmonella for a minute. You can’t tell by looking at an egg whether or not it contains Salmonella (a bacteria that is the number one culprit in foodborne illness). Further, chickens carry the bacteria in their bodies and pass it to the forming egg yolk and whites while the egg is forming… 

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Chipotle and Adobo Spiced Cocktail Meatballs in a Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Backyard parsley in the morning garden light.  Happy Monday! On one hand, time changes suck. But on the other… it means we get more daylight, and more daylight makes both my edible garden and my backyard chickens very, very happy. We’re all very much looking forward to spring. …

The Anniversary Surprise | Vanilla Bean Cake with Raspberry Filling, Italian Buttercream and Fresh Blue Pansies

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A few days ago, I received a Facebook message. It went something like this: I have a totally last second, off the wall request that you can absolutely and totally say no to. I am trying to figure out plans for my one year anniversary. One thing I was thinking about was that we never… 

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Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi with Garlic Confit, Tart Green Apple and Crunchy Red Cabbage

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Someone should smack me. In my excitement of developing and executing a special banh mi recipe that I could share with my group of food blogger friends, I sort of forgot to leave a sample at home for my husband. I should also confess that because I was running short on time, I also asked… 

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Romance in Paris | Skillet Sugar Crêpes

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We spent our last afternoon in Paris strolling through le Jardin des Tuileries. It was getting late in the day, and we were hungry, again. When I spotted the crêpe vendor, I stepped aside and asked my beau to pull out his change. We had spent most of our Euros on lunch, so it was… 

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Soup for the Weary | Udon Noodle Soup with Fresh Spinach and Chicken Egg

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It happened again. I made a poor, poor decision that led me down a treacherous road… a path of tremendous discomfort and violent consequences. Looking back, the cues were so obvious I’m stunned I missed them. We were the only patrons on a Saturday night, and I ordered food from the sea, in the form… 

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