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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Beef, Dinner, Holiday

ShareSpice up your New Year with a great Steak au Poivre recipe!  Click on my link below for a demo on how to do it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcj6fu0n9S4 Steak Au Poivre (for 2 steaks) 2 boneless rib-eye steaks, about 1/2 lb each, trimmed of excess fat 3 tbsp whole black peppercorns 4 tbsp butter 1 small shallot, […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, December 24th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Baking, Cookies, Dessert, Holiday

Share How appropriate that this post should be my 100th.  I knew it was coming up, but hadn’t actually planned to have it coincide with this recipe.  Maybe it’s Dot smiling down on me?  I like to think so.  I miss her right about now. This was my grandmother’s signature recipe.  Her calling card, if […]


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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Uncategorized

ShareSo Mom got home from exercise class, promptly read the blog and then corrected me.  Turns out Mam/Dot was the cookie monster.  Mom was the one who brought the nuts (in a tin and also by the car full).  Mom actually learned the technique from her Southern belle friend Vicky.  So there you have it.  What can I […]


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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Holiday, Nuts

ShareMy friend and former roommate (read: good sport and patient onlooker for many kitchen misadventures) asked me if “Dot” had any recipes for candied pecans.  I’m fairly sure this was Dot’s recipe at one point, though I got it by raiding my mother, Janet’s, recipe box.  I remember these scattered around coffee tables throughout the […]


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WRITTEN ON Friday, December 18th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Appetizer, Cheese, Corn, Dinner, Holiday, Mexican, Side Dish, Tomatoes, Vegetarian

ShareMy mom has been working on a project which essentially traces her roots (thus, my roots) back to the Revolutionary War.  Well, really she has us as far back as William the Conqueror.  I have to say I’m a little dubious of that part.  But it’s safe to say that a member of my family […]


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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Appetizer, Dinner, Fruit, Holiday, Potato

ShareOne of my first pieces of “real” mail upon moving to the Big Apple was an invitation to come to the Park Avenue Synagogue for an evening of discussion about the state of our Jewry.  It was gorgeous, almost like a wedding invitation, on heavy card stock with embossed blue print.  It even had that […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, December 14th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Baking, Chocolate, Holiday, Italian

ShareI grew up in an area of Baltimore that was about as far from The Wire as a body could possibly get (though not in distance). I went to an all girls private school, wore a blue and white uniform every day for eighteen years, and in the summers took tennis lessons and went to […]


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WRITTEN ON Friday, December 11th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Baking, Mediterranean, Nuts, Vegetarian

ShareIf you’re like me, you’ve been to a million and one showers for one reason or another.  By now I think the women in my life must be the cleanest folk on the planet (ba dum dum).  While I’m always so happy for the showeree, I have to say that after a while they all […]


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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Cheese, Dinner, Holiday, Italian, Tomatoes

ShareOne of the things I love most about my husband? He’s a complete holiday junkie, a perfect mix between George Bailey post-Clarence and Clark W. Griswold (a little sappy and a little funny). By day he’s a finance genius (at least to me he is.  I have a tough time with my 12’s times tables […]


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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Chocolate, Dessert, Holiday

ShareOk folks, check out the below YouTube link for the next entry in my Spice Diaries, plus the recipes below that are featured in the demo!  I promise it will work this time.  My cloudy old brain gets a little confused by these new-fangled computer tricks but I brought myself up to speed right quick. […]


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