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Deep Dish, Cast Iron Pizza

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Made my very first deep dish pizza!  I am happy to report a delicious success. I hadn’t even thought about homemade deep dish pizza until running across a recipe from abeautifulmess.com thru pinterest.com.

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Cottage Pie, you say?

Bake until potatoes have a golden brown crust

I have never made this before… but now I’m hooked.  This traditional style English Cottage Pie is a new family staple especially after a winter like we had this year!The recipe below is a combitnation of a few different takes on the cottage pie, with a few of my own twists through in.  Hearty, meaty and full of flavor; I hope you’ll try this recipe. Continue reading “Cottage Pie, you say?”

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New Year, New Moon and Afton Mountain…

Morning on Afton MountainCan you call it a tradition on only the second time?

Well tradition or not, we rang in 2014 in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Afton Mountain to be precise in a cozy little cabin.

My husband and I headed out of Richmond and towards those gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains; first stop, The Southern Way Café in Crozét.

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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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