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A Sitting at Portrait House

Portrait House Front
On a date night recommendation from our sever at Burger Bach a few weeks ago, we decided to grab a bite at Carytown’s, Portrait House.  Directly across Cary from The Byrd Theater, easy side parking with a large outdoor patio (great view of Carytown and The Byrd).

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Lemon Chicken with Creamy Caper & Mushroom Sauce

Chicken Scallopini

Feeding a bunch of friends and short on time?  Weeknight family dinner but still want to knock their socks off?

May I suggest this, Lemon Chicken in a Creamy Caper and Mushroom Sauce.  Not only a beautiful meal served “family style”, but the recipe is easy to double and freeze.  Pairs nicely with pasta or rice, or even just a salad on the side. Like things a bit spicy? The cream sauce can be turned up, heat wise, by adding crushed red pepper flakes to the shallots and mushrooms while sautéing. Continue reading “Lemon Chicken with Creamy Caper & Mushroom Sauce”

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Hummus… A very versatile snack!

20130902-120842.jpgHummus is truly a family favorite! With seemingly limitless favor combinations, hummus is perfect for a packed lunch with carrots and celery or as a fun addition to a cheese board at a swanky dinner party. Possibilities galore! Continue reading “Hummus… A very versatile snack!”

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Dinner at Tio Pablo!

tio pablo openFriday night in the bottom and we were in the mood for something authentic. I remembered hearing a lot about this little place over by the 17th Street Farmer’s Market, called “Tio Pablo”. A taqueria and tequila bar by acclaimed owner of both Lulu’s and Millie’s, Paul Keevil. My husband and I both agreed a little fine tequila and tacos sounded mighty good!

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Brunch at the Urban Farmhouse Market & Café

I have been off grid for a few months while my hubby heals from surgery and it feels great to finally be updating CookSomething! RVA

What better place to get back into the groove than a cozy, rusticly chic and pleasantly unique café… the Urban Farmhouse Market & Café. Continue reading “Brunch at the Urban Farmhouse Market & Café”

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Pesto and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

This delicious and rich stuffed chicken makes a wonderful main dish and is complimented by any number of veggies sides. The tangy goat cheese blends beautifully with the rich peppery pesto.  This mixture keeps the chicken breast very juicy and flavors the breast cutlet from within.  Although this is not an “in a flash” dinner, about an hour and you have a beautifully baked, golden browned dish of deliciousness! Continue reading “Pesto and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken”

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Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon & Braised Fennel

I love FISH! But I am definitely intimidated by cooking fish. Hubs loves fish, you can see my dilemma.

So I thought of those cedar planks I had seen at The Fresh Market.  This may be my best shot at decent grilled salmon.  With cedar plank in cart, I set out for salmon.  On recommendation from the fish monger, I also grabbed some fresh fennel, an orange and a lemon as well as all the ingredients needed for my favorite Pesto recipe. Continue reading “Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon & Braised Fennel”

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Potato & Fresh Thyme Gratin

Trying out a new recipe, and something I’ve never made before, a gratin.  This recipe seems simple enough and I’ve got a 3 pound bag of Russet potatoes, so here we go! Continue reading “Potato & Fresh Thyme Gratin”