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Portuguese Kale and Potato Soup

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    My wife bought me a new wood cutting board for Christmas and I found the perfect recipe to break it in.  It does make the vegetables more delectable than my bright green plastic cutting boards.  And while I don’t think I can attribute the new cutting board to this, but this recipe turned [...]

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

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    I love a good casserole.  Unlike the casseroles of my 1970-80s childhood, casseroles are far better than the tuna and enchilada casseroles of the past.  Take for example this delicious combination using fresh broccoli and quinoa. The dish also uses shredded cheddar cheese and just a little amount of milk and mayo which [...]

The Pioneer Woman’s Pot Roast

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  Christmas Day is a perfect day for a pot roast and especially one I have had on my short list for most of 2014. I loved the simplicity of The Pioneer Woman’s Pot Roast recipe I had ran across searching Pinterest one day. I added some potatoes to it since I like a little [...]

Chicken Tinga Tamales

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      Nothing says Christmas like making Tamales. At least that’s the case for a lot of families, but not ours.  I wasn’t raised in a house that made tamales for the holidays. Nope. Instead we made spritz cookies and as a kid I would sneak into the garage freezer and eat a few [...]

A Gen-X Parent’s Guide to Music for Your Kids

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  A musical education is an important part of parenting.  My father, knowingly or not, passed along some key moments in my musical life that exposed me to Cheap Trick, Fleetwood Mac, and The Rolling Stones.  Every time I hear “Go Your Own Way” I’m transported back to sitting in my parent’s family room recalling [...]

Gruyere Cheese Puffs for #SundaySupper

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I was vigorously beating the eggs into the flour, water, salt, and butter mixture when my wife walked into the kitchen with a look of disappointment. “I thought you were cleaning,” she shares with me. “Nope, just making cheese puffs,” I reply. It was long after dinner and we were getting ready to watch the [...]

Bean Succotash

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  One of my favorite food shows of recent is PBS’ The Mind of a Chef.  Season Two is now on Netflix and I am working my way through the season which features Southern Chef Sean Brock. It’s been a great second season especially after an amazing Season One staring David Chang. The first episode shows Brock [...]

Finally Great Pizza at Home

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  This is not a sponsored post.  Breville never reached out to me and sent me anything, not even a cup of flour to make the dough.  No, this is just pure, natural, organic love of a product I bought with my hard earned money. It’s a pizza maker that has changed my experience with [...]

Hatch Valley Surprise

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While living in Texas, I came to know Hatch Chiles.  They are spicy New Mexico based chile that has a flavor very distinct from other better known chile peppers.  When the season for hatch chiles comes around in late summer, I always make sure to pick up some to use for cooking or in this [...]

Ivory Tower Documentary and Reflecting on My College Education

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  This afternoon I attended my first ever Traverse City Film Festival movie.  It was a film called “Ivory Tower” from the same director Andrew Rossi, who did one of my favorite documentary films “Page One: Inside the New York Times.”   It was an interesting expose on what is happening in higher education.  Big [...]