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Christmas Meat Pie

  This Christmas is our first in 12 years that we’ll be in New York. Christmas “observed” was a success but nothing beats the real thing. We’ll miss the controlled, gastro, chaos of my Uncle Doug’s kitchen and all the characters that go along with it but I am...

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A 94 year celebration

  Last Saturday grandma turned 94. In celebration of all those years we gathered in Port St. Lucie and celebrated both her birthday and a sort of Christmas “Observed”. This year we’ll be staying in New York so we had to double up on the seven fishes and Christmas day roast....

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Happy Holidays…BURP!

Forgive us. It’s been 18 days since we’ve posted anything. There are reasons we will later go into but for now, suffice it to say we are full, at least 5 lbs heavier and planning for the turn of the year (It’s Spanish themed. More on that soon too.) The above Christmas beast image...

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Thanksbringing 2012

This year for Thanksbringing we decided to try our best not to bite off more than we can chew. Our strategy was simple, focus on meat that cooks itself. The above lamb was one of our 4 meat dishes. Originally this lamb shoulder was spun on the rotisserie but a bad drip pan and small fire changed...

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Layers of Love

It’s a little know fact that I heart heart day. It’s always been about much more than getting a great gift for your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend. Just like we give thanks for our family, friends and life at Thanksgiving, Valentines Day is about giving love to those people and...

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Lobster 7 Ways

This story is all about the challenge to out do last years dinner. Before we get into that there are a few things I’ll quickly clear up so you’re up to speed. Italian Christmas Eve is traditionally referred to as “The Feast of the Seven Fishes”. To understand the history of...

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Merry Christmas

I think our wine choices explains the general feel of all the men and woman in our house today. We hope you all are having a great, tasty, over-filling day. ...

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Thanksgiving in Canada

I bet yesterday was a rough day back. I hope you all had as amazing and as restful a Thanksgiving weekend as I did. I clocked in with an average of 8.5 hours of sleep per night. That’s unheard of in this family. Well rested and well fed I share with you a few of the delicious, authentic, fresh...

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Thanksbringing 2011

This past Sunday was our third annual Thanksbringing meal. Those not familiar with the ritual can brush up here. As the name implies, Thanksbringing is the yearly potluck in which I open my kitchen up to my wonderful friends who take turns cooking and heating up their contribution to the feast. This...

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Nuptial Nosh

As promised this post is all about the food at my wedding. Although, it is 3 months tardy. I can’t really believe how quickly the time has past. I am not exactly sure what happened but a little 48 hour mini-honeymoon in Philadelphia this weekend (stay tuned for that post soon) reminded me of...

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Holy Red Velvet Matrimony

We are sorry for being so quiet lately. The last three weeks have been quite jam packed. Not that we’ve not had time to eat, just not time to write. The reason? Monday I got married. Yes, hitched. Yes, It was amazing. Yes, we ate a lot. Yes, the food was off the hook. But you’ll have to...

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14 Excuses for Skipping Dinner

Nonsense happens at the holidays. I am sure for many families that comes in different forms. With no surprise my families nonsense comes in edible form. The crux of this derelict family trait is THE COOKIE TABLE. It sits in the corner of the dining room and taunts us all with silent sweetness. The...

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Thanksbringing 2010

This past Sunday was my annual ThanksBRINGING Potluck. As the name implies, I invite my friends into the kitchen to help craft a monumental meal from all cuisines in an effort to unite us around the thing that has been my true north since I was a little boy, dinnertime. I’ll spare you the...

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DIY Thanksgiving

Every year around this time I rally up my friends for a yearly pot luck, THANKSBRINGING. This year I thought it would be nice to share a little of what makes dinners in my world a little more fun. Taking inspiration from Forking Tasty Suppers, my monthly supper club, here is a small do-it-yourself...

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Day 12960

Sometimes you’ve gotta take stock. Reflect on things. See where ya stand. I decided today would be a good day for that. After more than 12000 days on this planet, if the saying is true, I guess this is what I am. Many of you asked what I would eat today so, here is every bite and gulp. 1....

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Thanksgiving (OBSERVED)

I thought I had explained this tradition last year but I can’t seem to find it in the archives. So, once again OR maybe for the first time, Thanksgiving (OBSERVED) was coined by my cousin Brian and born from my family being way too big to spend it with everyone at once. This day is all about...