Caribbean Stew and a Thought or Two

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When I came across this recipe while thumbing through my copy of Moosewood Favorites, I realized two things: 1.) I love and have always loved how eclectic Moosewood's recipes are. It never seems to matter how inauthentic or random they are--the flavor combinations are always on par. Cooking from Moosewood is like a free pass to Ma's place; every creation tastes perfectly rugged and love-filled. 2.) I am completely enamored with the Caribbean. I have dreamt of traveling there ever since I first heard the Beach Boys' ...

Icebox Corn and Pea Soup

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If there's an overarching rule that dictates what I cook in my humble Midwestern kitchen, it's a deeply instilled desire to waste less that ultimately sways my decisions. It's a trait I was born with, I'm pretty sure. I have one memory in which I must have been about six years old where I got rather upset that someone in the house was about to open a new box of cereal when there was one already open. (Or, it could have been that I really ...

A Thought of White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

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Well hello, old friend. It's been a while, hasn't it? Here we find ourselves, already a month into January. The time passed as quickly as one can snap a Polaroid, the days captured in a snapshot in the mind's eye. Looking back, the image of where we were becomes clear as the negative develops into a positive, concrete in time. And all we have is that image, and the emotions it evokes in us. But we hold close to that image, because it's all we have. The relevance ...

I (Pecan) Fudged (C)Up(s)

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Enter the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2014. Cue a Ruthie searching for ideas for sweets to bake that would be just selfish enough that I'd enjoy eating the extra batch, but not selfish enough that I'd refrain from mailing my goods to my matches. Enter Center Stage: chocolate-covered toffee. Yes, I thought I'd be the rebel who made and mailed candy, and not cookies. Yes, I thought I'd share my passion for this sweet with the food blogging community and the world by mailing ...

A Little Mexico in America, and a Drunken Chicken

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I grew up loving Mexican food. I mean, who didn't, really? I have a vivid memory of one particular trip to Taco Bell in which the employees neglected to put my order of two hardshell tacos in the bag. When we discovered this, we took another spin through the drive-thru in a hungered fury. Out of the kindness of their teenage hearts, the employees dumped not two, but FOUR hardshell tacos in my bag. It was a blissful afternoon. It took years for my perception of ...

Still Cookin’

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Sometimes a is worth a thousand words. Other times, I simply don't have any words to write. Rest assured, loyal fans, I'm still cooking and consuming tasty food in a very tRuthful manner. Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry Tuna Lettuce Wraps Feta and Watermelon Salad, Roasted Lamb with Lentils, and Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding at Saffron for Restaurant Week An ode to the season of my favorite fruit: the tomato!    

Crazed for Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

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I'm not the first to put two and two together--or should I say two and one together in the case of these triply-boozed cupcakes--to transform the classic Irish Car Bomb cocktail recipe into a cupcake. Similar recipes sweep the web and dominate Pinterest. What's more, I made this recipe almost two weeks after the Irish holiday during which about 95% of all Car Bomb cupcakes have likely ever been made. And yet, earlier this week I found myself yearning to make a boozy cupcake for a ...