Reviews

Check It Out: Craftsy’s Complete Knife Skills Course

Check It Out: Craftsy’s Complete Knife Skills Course

My new favorite website is Craftsy, an online education site for crafters, cooks, bakers, woodworkers and gardeners who want to learn or improve their skills. The classes are categorized by type of craft/activity and by level of experience required (beginner, intermediate, advanced). A few of my favorite things about […]

Blueberry Pecan Pancakes

Blueberry Pecan Pancakes

This morning I woke up and I wanted pancakes. Not just plain old pancakes — blueberry pecan pancakes. I absolutely love blueberries, but I must confess that I’ve never made blueberry pancakes from scratch. Really no pancakes from scratch. Ever. No, really. Today, I finally made my first […]

Slow Cooker Grits

Slow Cooker Grits

I used my small 2-quart Crockpot slow cooker to make these stone ground grits overnight. They were delicious and ready to eat right out of the Crockpot. All I had to do this morning was scramble my pepper and onion eggs and cook up some […]

She-Hulk and Chinese Takeout

She-Hulk and Chinese Takeout

I’m no longer a teenager (sigh), but I’m still a fan of Marvel Comics. My favorites are Wolverine, Mystique, Magneto and Gambit. For my birthday, I received a She-Hulk comic book, and I’ve just gotten around to reading it. My first impression — She-Hulk, where have […]

Equipment Review: Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Equipment Review: Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

I’ve been frequenting TJMaxx. Marshalls, Target and Wal-Mart over the past few months on a hunt for an affordable 6-quart enameled cast iron dutch oven (sometimes called a cocette). I really like using the ovens to slow cook beef and lamb and hearty stews, casseroles and soups. There are thousands of […]

My Top Five Favorite Food Movies

My Top Five Favorite Food Movies

Between the movie theater, TV and NetFlix, I’ve seen my share of movies about personal growth, love, family, and food. I love it when I find movies from many cultures that combine all four of these elements beautifully and with attention to the details of […]

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REVIEW: lucettegrace | Raleigh, NC

REVIEW: lucettegrace | Raleigh, NC

On Monday, I went to the two-week old lucettegrace, a new patisserie in downtown Raleigh. The space was clean, modern and functional. Wait staff was friendly, and patrons seemed to be busy chatting with friends, sipping coffee, or surfing the Internet. However, the best part of all were the desserts.

REVIEW: Early Girl Eatery, Asheville, NC

REVIEW: Early Girl Eatery, Asheville, NC

Early Girl Eatery is one of my favorite restaurants in Asheville, NC. The restaurant has small time charm with big city flavors in their food. During my visit, I had the barbecue sandwich with ginger slaw. It was delicious from bun to ‘cue.  My favorite, […]

REVIEW: Tupelo Honey, Asheville, NC

REVIEW: Tupelo Honey, Asheville, NC

Tupelo Honey was a good experience and both the breakfast and dinner options that I have selected have been great.