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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Fruit, Grains, Nuts, Side Dish, Vegetarian

ShareWhy is it that famous people always seem surprised when they’re caught cheating?  Are they too wrapped up in their own ego to notice the millions of photographers following their every move?  Too busy doing whatever it is that makes them famous to read the frequent articles written about them?  And why is it always […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, November 23rd, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Appetizer, Dinner, Holiday, Side Dish, Soups

ShareI write a lot on this blog about my maternal grandmother, Dot, and growing up in my hometown of Baltimore. What I’ve never mentioned is that my dad’s mother (in a bizarre twist also named Dot) is alive and kicking, 90 years young and still living on her own in her home of 40 years, […]


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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Holiday, Side Dish, Vegetables, Vegetarian

ShareMy grandmother’s next door neighbor was the broccoli doctor.  You know, the doctor who discovered in the 80’s that broccoli was a great cancer fighter. At least, that’s what she told us.  He was a cancer research specialist at Johns Hopkins, which was just a few miles down the road. At the time, I was […]


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WRITTEN ON Sunday, November 8th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Fruit, Holiday, Side Dish

ShareThere are certain things that distinguish Thanksgiving dinner from just another, well, brown meal. Clearly, sweet potatoes add a brighter hue.  If you serve greens of any sort, that obviously helps (though if they are smothered in mushroom soup and fried onions it’s kind of hard to see the green).  But let’s face it: turkey, […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, November 5th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Bacon, Side Dish, Vegetables

ShareIt is my belief that the brussels sprout may be one of the most maligned vegetables in the whole veggie kingdom. In fact, I’d never even tasted one until about five years ago, such was my mother’s dislike for them. Growing up in her kitchen, there were three things that were verboten: hard boiled eggs […]


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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Cheese, Fruit, Grains, Middle Eastern, Nuts, Salads, Side Dish

ShareMy childhood friend Laura always had the best lunches. The lunch table was generally divided into sections. Those of us who ate and those of us who didn’t (I went to an all girls school. The not eating thing was somewhat of a problem in our later years). But there was one thing we could […]


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WRITTEN ON Friday, September 25th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Chick peas, Dinner, Indian, No really, what IS for lunch?, Side Dish, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

ShareWhat is it about curry that strikes fear in the hearts of so many meat and potatoes Americans? Just the mention of it makes my father get twitchy and start looking for the exit. I think perhaps people just assume that curry is synonymous with thick, heavy, saucy, coconut-y dishes that smell vaguely like a […]


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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Potato, Side Dish, Tomatoes, Vegetarian, Zucchini

ShareI know, people. It’s supposed to be an apple a day. But this colorful (not to mention lovely) little side dish is a surefire way to eat healthy without even realizing it. Chock full of fresh veggies, its a simple way to use up leftover garden delights. I’m trying to squeeze as much out of […]


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WRITTEN ON Saturday, August 29th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Appetizer, Dinner, Side Dish, Vegetarian, Zucchini

ShareI keep forgetting that it’s still bathing suit season.  I always feel like there’s so much build up in May and early June and then by the time Independence Day comes around, the bathing suit eating is out the back door and I’m back to body by Bud.  I’m one of those people who just […]


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WRITTEN ON Friday, August 21st, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Bacon, Italian, Salads, Side Dish, Tomatoes

ShareThere’s nothing better than a big, red tomato fresh from the vine, still warm from the sunshine.  My mom grew fantastic tomatoes in her garden, and when I was growing up, BLT’s for dinner was a summertime treat. Bacon makes everything better, right?  I figured I’d change it up a bit and create a BLT […]


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