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Mar 17, 2013

Delicious Apple and Pecan Oatmeal [Intro to Cooking]

Sometimes, all we need is a good comfort food. I know for me, that's oatmeal. The problem is, oatmeal can get super boring after awhile. Thankfully, that's why there's this thing called the Internet that has a bunch of different recipes and special tricks to spruce up even the dullest tasting oatmeal!

Feb 10, 2013

Caramelized Apple Omelet [Intro to Cooking]

When adapting a recipe, it is important to identify the key flavors, and replace them with something similar. Here, I replaced the sugar, crème fraîche, and caramel with honey, as I don't keep crème fraîche on hand. I also added the gouda cheese because... well, I'm an apple and cheese fanatic.

Jan 6, 2013

Mamaw’s Chicken and Dumplings Will Win His Heart [Intro to Cooking]

That process of sharing recipes and collaborating epitomizes all that mountain cooking is: edible story-telling. Dishes are meant to evolve and adapt to the people creating them, and this recipe is no different. Beginning with my grandmother, as told to my aunt, then dictated to me, contributed to by a friend, and shared with you.

Traditional Italian Chocolate Fruitcake That's Actually Delicious [Intro to Cooking]

This recipe takes more attention to detail than most of my recipes, but I assure you that the results are worth it! This traditional Italian fruitcake, or Pampepato, combines rich chocolate and spicy black pepper and transforms a detested holiday dish into something delicious and rich with history.

Dec 30, 2012

A Post-Graduate Guide to Co-Habitation…with Your Parents

With no discernible direction, I packed up my Target bedding and party tops and moved back in with good ol' Mom and Dad. It felt an awful lot like the worst thing in the entire world, but now that I am safely on the other side of my greatest fear, I have some advice to offer.

Dec 24, 2012

The Best Spinach Artichoke Dip You'll Ever Make [Intro to Cooking]

This delicious dip only takes about 20 minutes to prepare, and could not be any simpler to execute. I've already made it twice this week, and in both cases, I went home with a bowl scraped clean.

Dec 16, 2012

Dec 9, 2012

French Onion Soup [Intro to Cooking]

One of my favorite lunch orders is French Onion Soup. I love the way the croutons taste after soaking up that delicious broth!

Dec 2, 2012

Simple But Fancy Holiday Cocktails [Intro to Cooking]

If I had known then what I know now, it is that a gentle and delicious cocktail both provides a conversation starter and gives me something to do with my hands at parties. Here's a couple of my favorite budget-friendly cocktails that only seem way fancier than I can afford.

Nov 18, 2012

Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomato Sauce [Intro to Cooking]

With the holidays (and holiday parties) on the horizon, my waistline requires a lighter option. This simple squash dishes serves both purposes equally and will fit well within your pre-holiday wallet restrictions, too!

Nov 3, 2012

Curried Butternut Squash Soup [Intro to Cooking]

There is no better time of year to enjoy soups, and this one will leave you warmed and satisfied. This curried squash soup would serve as the perfect side to a fall salad but also has the flavor to stand on its own.

Sep 30, 2012

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon [Intro to Cooking]

Though Brussels sprouts often come with a bad reputation, all it took was one bite of this recipe to change my mind about them completely.

Sep 23, 2012

Grilled Salmon with Summer Corn [Intro to Cooking]

By a stroke of luck, my days off this week allowed a visit home. To my parents home. Where I was well loved and well fed. My mother's cooking style has always been fairly by the seat of her pants, but always delicious. My parents have grown into quite healthy eaters, and their cooking usually features low-fat, high fiber and protein foods. Salmon is a favorite here, and this week is finished with a tangy maple and soy glaze. This meal came straight from her table.

Sep 16, 2012

Apple, Bacon and Cheddar Griddlecakes [Intro to Cooking]

Food is such a central part of Southern culture, and my childhood was a reflection of that. As I have established myself in a new city, I find that most of the memories I am making now are also centered around food: trying new restaurants, introducing new ingredients into my repertoire and spending some time each week working on material for this column!