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Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Salad

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in spring | 0 comments

Last week I got to take some folks on a shopping tour of the Westside Farmers Market, one of Atlanta’s newer markets. Afterward, we took our baskets of local goods over to Preserving Place for a market-to-table cooking class. Typically my classes have recipes predetermined, but this one was more of a lesson in being flexible and intuitive. We ended up making this salad, which I thought was pretty fabulous. Hooray for spontaneity!

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Espresso Banana Bread Muffins with Pecans

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in any season | 0 comments

The traditional banana bread recipe has been laced with espresso and studded with cacao nibs (pecans were already in there). The coffee-banana-chocolate-pecan combo is a winner for flavor and texture. And even though I don’t drink coffee, I would dare to say these muffins make a mighty fine accompaniment to a cup of joe.

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Chattanooga | An Eating Guide

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in places | 0 comments

Scenic City is a name that Chattanooga earned honestly. This southeastern Tennessee city is framed by the Tennessee River and a backdrop of mountains and ridges. Though its history in manufacturing once left it dirty, the current state of the city is worth a trip. Its position at the juncture of three major interstates (I-24, I-59, and I-75) puts it within a two hour drive from Atlanta, Nashville, and Birmingham, making it an easy weekend trip for many Southern city dwellers.

To experience Chattanooga’s revitalization, try eating and drinking your way through the city. Here are some suggestions:

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Dijon + Thyme Chicken Breasts

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in any season, winter | 0 comments

The dijon, thyme, and wine make this recipe decidedly French-inspired, but the lack of butter and the use of chicken breasts keeps it New Years Resolution-friendly. I’m often critical of recipes claiming to be 30 minute meals, but this is legitimately quick. There isn’t much prep work–only gathering your 10 (or less!) ingredients, slicing a couple of shallots, and chopping some parsley for garnish if you want to.

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My Travel Essentials + A Giveaway!

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in any season, places | 8 comments

This year has been one heck of a travel year for me, and I feel like I’ve really hit my stride when it comes to being prepared. As I pack my bags for a South American Thanksgiving trip (!), I wanted to share my travel essentials. And thanks to the generosity of some of my favorite companies, I’m giving away some of my travel picks! Details on the prizes and how to enter are at the end of the post.

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Brown Butter + Herb Spaghetti Squash

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in fall, winter | 0 comments

Spaghetti squash has come into the limelight in the past few years as a trendy pasta alternative, but it’s also just a wonderful vegetable. Whether you’re reducing the amount of pasta in your diet or trying to trick your kids into eating more veggies, it’s a great addition to your shopping list.

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How to Roast Root Vegetables + Fresh Harvest

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in fall, local love | 1 comment

Roasting root vegetables and winter squashes doesn’t have to be complicated, but I’ve encountered a lot of questions about it from friends and in my cooking classes. There are two very common mistakes that lead to mushy results with little to no browning: oven temperatures too low and crowded pans. Fortunately there are easy solutions: roast hotter and don’t crowd your pan!

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