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Adventures in Home Cooking: Steak in Red Wine Sauce

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One of the few drawbacks to living in an apartment is the fact that we don’t have regular access to a Grill. The communal Grill is a block and a half away and not conducive to private grilling sessions. I’ve had to look longingly at grilled recipes, especially when they call for steak. However, a lot of indoor cooking recipes for red meat fall in the “put in a pot, let stew for three hours,” which isn’t exactly light summer fare. But sometimes, the need for a piece of red meat knows no bounds.

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Real Southern Comfort: Cheerwine Doughnuts

I grew up not too far away from the border of NC, so it amazes me that I lived so close, yet never had a cheerwine. So many wasted years…. Cheerwine is just one of those things that I think of when I think of North Carolina now. And in the world of breakfast pastries, Krispe Kreme stands head and shoulders above everything else, at least to my fellow Southerners and I. So when Tony uttered the four most magical words to me, “Cheerwine Krispe Kreme Doughnuts,” how could I resist?

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You scream, we all scream for Fresh.

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Growing up in suburban Virginia, summertime meant late nights hanging outside of the local Dairy Queen. Not so much for the ice cream,  but to be seen by other awkward teenagers. But, everyone knew that for actual ice cream, you drove down to Bergey’s Dairy farm for the richest, creamiest frozen treat you could ever find. When I moved away and heard that due to financial woes and health department codes, Bergey’s had to shut down, I felt like a part of my youth was gone. Since then, I haven’t had much interest in ice cream, who could compete?

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Making Mojoe’s Hall of Fame

As I get closer and closer to the big 3-0, I’m trying to check more things off my “Things to do before I leave my twenties behind” list. I still haven’t traveled to a lot of exotic locales, haven’t gotten my crazy tattoo (yet), or ran a marathon (I’ll get to the treadmill…tomorrow). But one thing I knew I could check off on my birthday was a fun challenge, win a food-eating challenge.

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Mark Bittman saves my sanity: Chicken Roasted with Tomatoes

In case you can’t tell from the relative silence on my part, May is a crazy, crazy month. Lots of birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s day, Tony has started a new job, and, with the warm weather, lots of outdoor festivities to attend. So, in the midst of this madness, my desire to cook has reached epic lows. My couch has been my permanent place of residence when I finally get home. Luckily, I have found some inspiration, courtesy of my local library *cue cheesy 80s music and thumbs up*

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Moonlight over Raleigh: Moonlight Pizza Company

Some people say that even when Pizza is bad, it’s still pretty good. But, in my experience, this is sometimes brutally untrue. It’s hard to get that perfect combination of crispy yet doughy crust, flavorful sauce, and well-prepared toppings.  Lilly’s pizza has come close (Tony loves their crust), Mellow Mushroom was a bitter disappointment (although it’s a prime people-watching spot), but there hasn’t been a pizza place that has wowed me. With that said, I was bracing myself when we went to Moonlight Pizza last weekend…

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Congrats to the Triangle’s James Beard Finalists!

The finalists for this year’s James Beard awards were announced today and woo-hoo! The Triangle is representing! Magnolia Grill in Durham got nods for Outstanding Service and Outstanding Restaurant, Crook’s Corner (Chapel Hill) is also up for Outstanding Restaurant, and for the Southeast region, Ashley Christenson (Poole’s-Raleigh), Scott Howell (Nana’s – Durham), Andrea Reusing (Lantern -Chapel Hill), and Bill Smith (Crook’s Corner) were all nominated for Best Chef.

As if we needed more reasons to eat out!

You can see the complete list of nominees here: