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Spiced Cocktail Nuts

February 4, 2011
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Nuts. So addicting, so satisfying, so dangerous to be left alone with, yet perfect to serve at a party where many eyes will take note of the half dozen handfuls you hastily attempt to consume. Sometimes you have to carefully crowdsource your snacking … Whether you’re throwing a Super Bowl Party this Sunday (*Yawn* Whatever. […]

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Winter Minestrone

January 6, 2011
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Have you noticed that it’s absolutely freezing outside? To top off this classic New England bundling-up season more snow is in the forecast for tomorrow. Unfortunately it wont be enough to grant me a long weekend snow day but it will be just enough slippery white stuff to make it impossible to wear cute shoes. […]

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Limoncello Uncapped

April 21, 2008

After a long and involved process the Limoncello was finally sampled on Saturday.  Beforehand though I spent hours in the kitchen prepping dinner.   Unfortunately several glasses of wine into the evening it completely slipped my mind to take any actual shots of the cooked food.  No doubt, a common hazard of the “job.” In reality […]

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The Care and Feeding of Limoncello

April 9, 2008

I feel like I’ve suddenly acquired a lemon slice filled aquarium. Should I name the curly pieces of zest that float about in their sea of Absolut all day? Lucy? Lola? Is that you?! Honestly I had no idea that making lemon flavored booze would illicit such a strong and varied response from the world […]

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The Limoncello Trilogy – Part 1

April 5, 2008

Thanks to a post on Bostonist and urging from my fellow Google Reader addicts I decided to test my hand at making Limoncello. Today I completed the first step in this 3 part recipe. Honestly I’m a little scared of Limoncello. We all know what happened to Danny Devito after having a few too many […]

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Butternut Squash and Vanilla Risotto

February 14, 2008

Confession time: until I made this creamy risotto dish I’d never purchased or even used a vanilla bean before. I know — total baking blasphemy! Last month, after I read Amanda Hesser’s book, Cooking for Mr. Latte, I really wanted to bake the Vanilla Bean Loaves. Especially since they were based on a recipe from […]

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Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

January 25, 2008

Whole Foods meats are the ultimate in food porn. When I opened up my bag of stew beef I almost swooned. No wonder everything costs $200 a pound there. It’s gorgeous! The ruby red cubes were almost too pretty to put into a messy stew, but let’s be realistic people — a girl has to […]

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Banana Muffins

January 14, 2008

One of the really fabulous things about working for a college in Boston is that I get Snow Days! Obviously I had to take complete advantage of this luxurious and unexpected long weekend so I decided to make some muffins. I was also in desperate need of some cooking redemption as both recipes that I […]

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