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biscuits (in under 20 mins)

February 5, 2014

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At my parents house, you’ll find a copy of the Joy Of Cooking. The pages are kinda stuck together, and have some old dollops of batter staining the paper, making it look prematurely aged when it gets to the 600s. This is where you will find all the scones, cakes and biscuit recipes. While my […]

spicy banana bread

January 7, 2014

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I have to admit, I’m a bit of a banana hoarder. I don’t buy them as often as I probably should (my life could probably do with a bit more potassium in it…) but then I’m so picky about consistency when it comes to fruits and vegetables that once they look or feel a bit […]

roasted red pepper pasta sauce

January 3, 2014

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I’ve got this ability to cook for about a zillion people even though it’s only been me and Mr. Julia eating on a daily basis. Sometimes the things that I really want to cook, or when I find a recipe that looks “too cool to ignore” they don’t always re-heat to then become a second meal, or […]

Kitchenaid troubles

December 15, 2013

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Three or so years ago I brought my stand mixer home. It was a slightly impulsive move, but I was proud and thought it one of the best I’d made in a while. And now… Limping our way to the finish line, we made it. And by this I mean, I carried my poor stand […]

time flies, when you’re having fun

November 20, 2013

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It has been a miserably long time since I’ve been able to even figure out how to make enough time for essential tasks when I get home from work, let alone things I want to do. Now that I’ve finally found some, I’m leaving my laundry to fend for itself, and I’m finally, finally able […]

cake or death?

September 17, 2013

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A few years ago my entire family (cousins too) got on the T together (a rare occasion indeed) and after pushing our way through the crowded subway stations and across the heart of Boston, we lined up outside a theater downtown. We had tickets to see Eddie Izzard. He is quite possibly one of the […]

black bean salad

July 23, 2013

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Recently I’ve noticed the serious lack of vegetables on our plates. This is our first summer without a CSA share in a few years, and sadly, it’s a noticeable difference. Since I couldn’t see spending the money this year on a share, lets chalk it up to the fact that there aren’t enough hours in […]

the urge to bake

July 21, 2013

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Given the fact that I am trying to get myself back behind the computer more frequently, I searched a few things on wordpress and found that they have a daily challenge, and while I’m not sure I can make the daily part of the challenge fit into my focus, or my schedule, I might as well […]

hot summer nights

July 21, 2013

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It amazes me every year, how quickly I get overwhelmed by the summer months. We’ve had heat wave after heat wave, and though I know this hasn’t been the worst summer on record, it has felt outrageously brutal at times. I’ve found myself too exhausted for words after a long hot day of work. Imagine, […]

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Run for the Roses Cupcakes

May 4, 2013

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Is this my 200th post? I think it might be… Today I did a few things that I didn’t think I could manage in the kitchen. It’s been a while since I’ve tried to push myself to try to make things that I usually wouldn’t even think about, but today seemed like a good day […]

Weekly Photo Challenge : From Above

May 4, 2013

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Again, things have been quiet from me over here. Things have been crazy lately, not only here in Boston due to recent events, but in my own life, in my work life, and no matter who I ask they will not put more hours in the day for me. Sup? How am I supposed to get this […]

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Boston, you’re my home.

April 15, 2013

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My heart is sick over todays events downtown at the finish line. My thoughts go out to those who’s lives were taken, who were injured or have lost touch with their loved ones – may you find eachother quickly and in good health.

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Lemony Spinach Pasta

March 24, 2013

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            This is a simple way to use up a lot of spinach – I usually have the majority of a bag left over once I make the handful or so into a salad or something (usually the handful is the reason that I bought the bag in the first […]

salmon with cheese orzo

March 21, 2013

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  Three days into my challenge to stretch just under $100 as far as I knew how, and I decided not to follow my list. Well, not to a tee… I bought Salmon, and I got parsley and a few other greens that I was going to try to make this other salmon dish with, […]

fresh pasta, cannellini beans, poached eggs, and wilted greens in a brown butter sauce

March 20, 2013

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Since I challenged myself to shop for a LARGE amount of meals for the week and then tried to stumble through them as well as I could… I tried really hard to stick to the recipes I had chosen regardless of how well I thought they might be received – though I did try to […]

chicken pot pie

March 18, 2013

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With my lofty plans for triumphs in the kitchen this week, I thought I might start off with something that I knew would be easily stored, quickly reheated, safely transported to my little sister so she could simplify her college life and (hopefully) be focused on homework and not have to worry about a few […]

an attempt at meal planning…

March 13, 2013

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I have this habit when I get into bed, I pick up my ipad (regardless of if the tv is on or not…) and read myself to sleep, but sometimes I scan Pintrest and like just about everything I see when I’m falling asleep. Sometimes I just google the word recipe next to something that […]

Posted in: food shopping, recipes

spinach, anjou pear, feta and cranberry salad

March 11, 2013

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Hi. My name is Julia, and I’m a Doritos addict. It can’t be that I’m old enough to not be reproducing taste buds as fast as I should, cause even though I feel decrepit at times, I’m not even thirty yet. I don’t like to categorize myself as a “picky eater” but when it comes […]

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chocolate chip pancake muffins

March 9, 2013

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This whole winter thing has kinda got me down, it’s got my poor little plants feeling dumpy too. I suppose you could sit back and say you’ve only had about four snow storms and I would unfortunately have to agree with you. But I wouldn’t like anything about that statement. But I would probably counter with : Nemo, […]

everyday as valentines day

March 8, 2013

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Valentines day is not usually a big deal in our house, it’s usually acknowledged, but doesn’t usually find us as excited participants. This year was no different, really. I made it home early, well, before 7pm. I decided I would shower, relax, and order in some dinner as a gift of no dishes for myself. It was […]

Posted in: cookies, dessert

bacon brussel sprouts

March 7, 2013

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My love of bacon usually knows no boundaries. I’ll try to add it to anything. Sometimes it works a little more seamlessly than other times. When you only have two or three ingredients, it works out pretty well. I had some brussel sprouts and had absolutely no idea what to do with them. As I listed […]

Chicken & Dumplings

March 5, 2013

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The list of reasons why I don’t just sit down and type a few things up seems to be growing. First, we moved, and nothing was where it should be, or where I wanted it to be, and now that we’ve been here for about a month – things aren’t all in place yet, but the boxes […]

a distraction, and arepas

February 3, 2013

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I’ve been MIA for quite some time, and for that I apologize if anybody has noticed… (Sorry, Aimee!?) My life has been on such a bizarre roller coaster for the past while that I have failed to do a great many thing, but especially one of the things that have recently taken so much enjoyment […]

homemade mac n cheese

December 4, 2012

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I love baked mac and cheese. I like to forget completely about lactose intolerance and how upset my stomach will be with me later and focus more on how nice and creamy the sauce is, how well the cheese will crisp up on the top to give it a little more something to bite into. […]

vegetable rice pilaf

December 2, 2012

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If you are anything like me, you over-bought for Thanksgiving in a bewildering way. I managed to shop for carrots and celery twice when my sister had asked me only to make on tray of stuffing (which only requires one cup of diced celery) none of which required carrots. I did have a serious stomach bug issue […]

pom.brie.crostini

November 28, 2012

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Sometimes I realize that I like something so much that I will make it in a strange time of day (appetizer/party food for lunch, anyone?) or go shopping precisely for the ingredients to make it at somebody else’s house so that they can taste it and see if they like it? I did that the […]

peanut butter cups

November 27, 2012

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My love of Reese’s overcame me the other day. I had to have some. I buy chocolate chips and or baking chocolate when they are on sale, or when I have coupons. I had a few bags in the drawer with no real plan to use them. I got a metric ton of creamy peanut […]

Posted in: dessert, party foods

BBQ Chicken Pizza

November 26, 2012

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One of the pizzas that has recently become one of the more popular and frequent orders for delivery is the BBQ chicken pizza. I wasn’t its biggest fan inthe beginning, but like many of the things I’ve tried in the last few years, instead of never trying it again, or deeming it inedible , I’ve […]

Autumn Salad

November 25, 2012

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I’m guilty of not making enough salads, or really making any consistent effort to get fresh vegetables on the dinner table. I notice what’s missing every time, it’s the doing something I’m going to have to work on. But this past week I got tangerines for a drink that I forgot to make – or […]

sausage casserole

November 23, 2012

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Yesterday was a little less crazy than some Thanksgivings can be. I had the usual marathon, running from one house to the next, not really enjoying as much wine as I would like to given the fact that I’d have to be getting back in the car not long after the glass was poured. When […]

Limoges Oatmeal Bread

November 19, 2012

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I have been searching and searching for the best sandwich bread recipe I could find. And (knock on wood) I’ve found it. This bread is from a little cookbook that my little sister’s school put together in 2005. It’s called Food Kids Eat, The Village School Cookbook. It was a project that the kids, their parents […]

Posted in: bread, carbs, recipes

reeses cupcakes

November 18, 2012

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I may be more interested in making chocolate things, now that I have an outlet for them. I’ll try a bite here and there, but I still don’t search out chocolate things (save my absolute favorite candy that is hidden inside this cupcake) but most of the things I bake get packed up and delivered to people […]

glazed chicken

November 16, 2012

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I made this “glaze” but then I didn’t… glaze anything with it. I drizzled it on top of our foods. So I suppose it’s a “dressing” not a glaze. This meal was a pantry/freezer meal, I try to keep enough meat in the freezer to make at least two totally different meals. I wanted to […]

fresh pasta with prosciutto and peas

November 15, 2012

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I, like so many Americans, am so guilty of eating way more than a recommended serving of pasta, and probably everything else, as well. Since we rarely eat out these days, and can easily avoid a 3-cup portion of pasta arriving on our table, I’ve been trying to figure out just how much I should be making […]

gooey butter cake

November 14, 2012

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This theme-y cooking stuff is for the birds! I’ve lost two weeks in a row now at fantasy football, and I blame it entirely on my wanting to be all matchy-matchy with London and fish’n’chips, and that the Pats played St. Louis in London, so I made this gooey butter cake. I really shouldn’t be […]

onion rings

November 13, 2012

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I suggest that you stop what you are doing, and make yourself some beer batter – or for a possibly more reasonable suggestion, just add it to the next meal that you make…I would go with about half, or even a quarter of the amount that I made for the fish and chips that I […]

beer battered fish n’ chips

November 12, 2012

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I made fish and chips, ages ago now, but have been so easy distracted by work, people, laundry, paperwork, and sleep, that I haven’t been able to get myself, my camera and my computer to have some focused alone time to be able to load, crop, and write these ideas and meals down. I made […]

baked mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce

November 11, 2012

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There are a multitude of things that I adore to eat, but have never thought to make at home because I had always assumed they’d be too hard to recreate in a residential kitchen, or I’d be so disappointed by how different they would come out that it would be pointless. Mozzarella sticks were a […]

best homefries

November 8, 2012

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I made homefries, and for the first time ever they didn’t take a million years to cook. They came out magnificently. I never could really understand what the trick was – aside from the times that I made homefries from leftover potatoes that were already boiled. These were just what I needed on a slow […]

Posted in: breakfast, carbs, eggs, pasta

brown rice and arugula pilaf

November 6, 2012

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Without remembering how long it took to cook brown rice, I started making this at the same time as I started to grill up some steak tips (indoors) on my griddle/grill. First you  start out by tossing the orzo in a pan, and make it nice and brown. Then, get distracted and forget to take pictures […]

newfie bread

November 1, 2012

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We were lucky, tucked up on a hill here in Boston, so close to the the water -link to picture is 1-1/2 blocks away from my aunt and grandmother’s house! Watching the tarps on the Tobin Bridge being battered by the whipping winds, streets already flooded and trees coming down around me as I headed home […]

Posted in: bread, recipes

whole wheat rigatoni

October 28, 2012

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With the impending doom of Sandy on her way, I’m unsure if I really should’ve taken the time to go to the grocery store before it became a mess – I don’t usually prepare for storms like the news would have you believe most of us do, but I don’t like to have my weekly shopping slowed […]

greek yogurt quick bread

October 26, 2012

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Greek Yogurt Pound Cake makes two 8×4 loaves, or two 5×3 and one 8×4 loaves can easily be halved 300g white sugar 208g vegetable shortening 2 tablespoons water 3-4 large eggs 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 454g vanilla (or plain) greek yogurt sift together 600g all purpose flour 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt Sift dry […]

Posted in: dessert, quick breads

grilled cheese with buffalo chicken

October 25, 2012

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I introduced my boyfriend’s mother to the buffalo chicken dip that I made this weekend. We gobbled it up while watching the oh-so-nail-bitingly-crazy Patriots game on Sunday. She hadn’t heard of it, and after helping me make it, seems ready to put it into the rotation for football Sundays or when they have a large […]

simple oatmeal cookies

October 24, 2012

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“Well,” I said “I can make oatmeal cookies, but I don’t have a damn thing to put in them. No chocolate chips, no raisins, nothing!” To this, I got a bit of a weird look. “Convenient. I don’t like oatmeal cookies that have stuff in them.“ Enough said! I was off to the stand mixer […]

burrito-fritatta-muffin-sized bowls

October 23, 2012

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I have a love/hate relationship with leftovers. I feel like they should be used, not thrown away, if they’ll stay good long enough for me to figure out what to do with them… The hate come into play when I can’t figure out what to do with them and they sit and take up useful […]

steak tips

October 22, 2012

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Steak tips are a great summer meal, but sometimes the weather, and my desire to wash dishes sync up beautifully and grilling can happen in October. I made smashed potatoes, because I still have not invested in a potato masher, nor did I ever think of putting the cooked potatoes in my stand mixer or […]

meatballs, including chicken

October 20, 2012

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shhh don’t tell… I added ground chicken to these meatballs. They are made from the same recipe that I usually use, but I subbed one pound ground chicken, and the rest – 2 pounds of ground beef. I used a mixture of seasoned breadcrumbs and plain. Some fresh parsley and arugula, minced. All I had […]

burrito with a side of whimsy

October 19, 2012

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I am stuck in a rut. A rut full of eggs. While I would agree with the statement “eggs can be added to pretty much any meal” in my kitchen it means I most often am guided by poor planning, or distracted shopping, and now to “fill” for dinner, I’m adding some eggs. I’ve become […]

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