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[20 Nov 2008 | 3 Comments | 1,720 views]
Office Thanksgiving Potluck

Today we celebrated Thanksgiving at work with our annual potluck lunch. I ended up making a recipe suggested by one of my food blogger friends. She told me that the recipe was from Ellie Krieger who in my ignorance I figured was her great aunt or something. Turns out she is an author and cooking show host. Initially I was going to make this wonderful Brussels sprouts with walnut vinaigrette recipe that Marcia made one year for Thanksgiving back in my high school days. I decided to try something new …

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[5 Nov 2008 | One Comment | 1,202 views]
Wine and Sweet Victory Chicken

After winning a bet with the manager of the Belvedere Hotel in Santorini, Greece this summer, my reward was a bottle of wonderful local white wine — Sigalas. Thank you, Nicos!

I’ve been saving the bottle for a special occasion and couldn’t think of a better time than while watching history being made. After eight long and scary years, I was filled with pride and hope watching my fellow Americans choose Barack Obama as our next leader.
Brandon invited me over for dinner and to watch the returns on PBS. He made …

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[15 Oct 2008 | 6 Comments | 3,077 views]
Lunch Express – An Hour in India

Today Megan and I stole away from work for an hour to participate in a “lunch express” class at Whole Foods Culinary Center. We won the time entry drawing at the last staff meeting so our company actually paid for the class — only $18/person.

Our teacher, Shefaly Ravula, has roots in multiple parts of India and has been cooking and teaching regional Indian cuisine for several years.
We filed into the classroom and sat in rows where we enjoyed a full meal while learning how to prepare a menu of mostly …

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[9 Oct 2008 | 10 Comments | 1,970 views]
Not Mom’s Apple Pie

Marcia and Rich W. gave me a gift certificate to Williams-Sonoma for my birthday. Marcia, like her daughter Rachel, is a wonderful cook and hostess. I chose a classic deep-dish ceramic pie dish by the renowned French pottery company, Emile Henry.
Today is Yom Kippur, a Jewish High Holy Day and I spent much of the day creating this gorgeous pie — closely adapted from a recipe card I picked up at the store. Pie-making runs in my family but I have never before made a pie with a cheese crust! …

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[24 Sep 2008 | 4 Comments | 2,014 views]
Blue Dahlia – A little gem!

Fellow food blogger and colleague Lindsay arranged for a group of us to have lunch yesterday at Blue Dahlia — a restaurant on East 11th Street that is part of the cities restoration effort of the area. Thanks to friend and Food Touring reader Lisa for suggesting we go there!
The menu included lots of salads and sandwiches and the setting was really beautiful — both the wooded indoor space and the nice outside patio where we had lunch. Lindsay and I split the chicken salad sandwich with pine nuts and …

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