Picture-Perfect Meals

Category: Cooking

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Adam’s Famous Grilled Strip Steaks

Remote Control: They say that humor keeps a marriage alive. If that’s true, then The Photographer and I have a nice, long road ahead of us. My darling husband and I decided that, for our sanity’s sake, we had to get off the mountain and have a little romantic getaway for our anniversary. So, off […]

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Summer Bruschetta

Italian Lesson: You say tomato, I say pomodoro. Some people just have an affinity for languages – a gift of gab in a native tongue, and my husband is totally one of them. Because of his very worldly background of living in exotic and glamorous places as a boy and a teenager, Adam learned to […]

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: A story about nicknames, fried chicken and sweet revenge. My husband has this “thing” about nicknaming people, places or things that he has an opinion about (which, let’s face it, is just about everything). And, it’s quite often a condescending one. For example, he calls Wal-Mart “Small Mart,” T.J. Maxx “J.J. […]

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Creamy Deviled Eggs

Sold My Soul to the Deviled Egg: “An egg is always an adventure; the next one may be different.” -Oscar Wilde We were still living in Nashville when we got the (now) infamous photo assignment shooting deviled eggs that will forever be burned in my brain. The art director for the magazine specifically instructed the cover […]

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Balsamic-Marinated Flank Steak

The Meat of the Matter: “Don’t take a butcher’s advice on how to cook meat. If he knew, he’d be a chef.” – Andy Rooney I’ve never been a trend follower. If one thing’s all the rage, I most likely will not buy it, wear it, or make it if that’s what everyone else is doing. […]

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Watermelon Gazpacho

I’m beginning to wonder if I will ever get over that panicked, awful feeling in the pit of my stomach that happens to me every August. The sense of dread that gnaws at my soul, making me feel like a petulant 10-year-old all over again, kicking and screaming, refusing to get on board the Back-to-School […]

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Grilled Tuscan Chicken with Lemon and Oregano

Under the Tuscan Sun: “Italy’s siren call lures us more and more.” –Frances Mayes I cannot support mediocrity and I blame Italy. A few years back, Adam and I had the great pleasure of visiting his parents who had retired to a remarkable villa in Tuscany. To describe Tuscany’s beauty properly would require words that […]

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Pumpkin Doughnuts

“Between the optimist and the pessimist the difference is droll; the optimist sees the doughnut… the pessimist the hole.” – Oscar Wilde Years and years ago, in what seems like a galaxy far, far away, Adam and I worked freelance for many magazines. Our combination of my being a food stylist and recipe developer and Adam’s […]

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Chicken and Biscuits

Spoiler Alert I often and jokingly tell people that in my next life, I either want to come back as my husband or one of my dogs because they are all spoiled rotten. I can’t help it. I’m an over-spoiler (new, totally made up word!) and the girls really know how to work me. When […]

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French Onion Soup

What a Crock: “Life is an onion and one peels it crying.” -French Proverb Onion soup can be traced as far back as Roman times and was historically considered food for the poor – probably because this pungent underground bulb was abundant and easy to grow. But according to legend, when King Louis XV of […]

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Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli

Risky Business: Confessions of a food snob and karma in the kitchen. Not long ago, I was lamenting about the lack of good Chinese food around these parts to some friends. But what I forgot to mention was that the one dish that our so-so take-out joint did do well was their stir-fried beef and […]

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Fish and Chips

London Calling: “Oh how I crave for fish ‘n chips, our fine cuisine of world renown. I dined on such a subtle dish when QEII received her crown. Oh how I yearn for fish ‘n chips, all poshly wrapped in the Daily Star, then caked and drowned in salt ‘n vinegar and stinking out my […]

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Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

“Bravery is not the absence of fear. It’s the ability to act in spite of being a big chicken.” -Me Growing up, I never really had a Superhero crush (I was more of a Scooby Doo fan). I didn’t buy into the whole League of Justice thing, either, although I thought Wonder Woman was pretty […]

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Gingerbread Pancakes

Wake Up Call: A story about alarm clocks and a breakfast worth getting out of bed for. The irony is kind of funny. Both Adam and I have had our alarm clocks for ages. I bought mine at a garage sale, brand new and still in its box, for a dollar when I was in […]

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Easy Pumpkin Ravioli with Walnuts and Sage

“Food is good.” The answer to what FIG Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina stands for. Four million people flock to Charleston every year for its beautiful weather, scenery and history – but most visitors come to this picture-perfect city with one thing on their mind – food. Now burgeoning with world-class cuisine and award-winning restaurants, […]

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Maple-Roasted Turkey with Wild Rice, Sausage and Pecan Stuffing

Giving Thanks: “For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson “Have you played your piano recently?” my friend Nancy asked me the other day while chatting on Skype. I hesitated before admitting, “No, you […]

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Salted Caramel and Cinnamon Pecans

Thanksgiving – That’s What Friends Are For This cheesecake is Frank’s fault. Frank – among many other things – is a tennis pro, a talented photographer, a renegade foodie and one of our dearest friends. We first met Frank after I convinced my husband to take up tennis – a lifelong passion of mine that […]

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Oven Fried Shrimp

Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay: “Shrimp is the fruit of the sea.” – from Forrest Gump Somebody once jokingly commented that I must have been a mermaid in a previous life because I love the water and shrimp. I have to say I was a bit puzzled by the latter because I can’t […]

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Milk Chocolate Truffles

I am chagrined to admit that I am envious of my husband. I don’t know why it took me so long to grasp this fact, but it’s true. A while back, we were in the cheese section of Earth Fare, picking up some Italian fontinafor a fondue, when he extracted a Port-Salut, took a long whiff of […]

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Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding

“And God bless us, everyone!” -Tiny Tim exclaims in A Christmas Carol Christmas is always a special time in our house. It starts December 1st when we put up our tree, watching It’s a Wonderful Life as we decorate, and ringing in the season with fondue, antipasti and a special bottle of wine. We reminisce […]

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Shrimp and Grits

Southern Comfort: “An inexpensive, simple and thoroughly digestible food [grits] should be made popular throughout the world. Given enough of it, the inhabitants of planet Earth would have nothing to fight about.” –proclaimed The Charleston News and Courier in 1952. Leave it to us Southerners to espouse that steaming bowls of our beloved grits distributed […]

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Sunday-Best Pot Roast

“When I walk into my kitchen today, I am not alone. Whether we know it or not, none of us is. We bring fathers and mothers and kitchen tables, and every meal we have ever eaten. Food is never just food. It’s also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we […]