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It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with James Joyce and Guinness Inspired Recipes

By: Melanie Several years ago my husband and I traveled to Europe and the UK.  At each destination, our wanderings were influenced by my love of two things (not surprisingly), food and literature. In Florence, our trip was built around … Continue reading

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Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks: Beach+Food+Perfect Man=Romance

By: Christy With the release of Nicholas’ Sparks most recent book-turned-move, Safe Haven, I felt inspired to post about the book. Even though there are a few unique (and by unique I mean unique to Nicholas Sparks’ usual story line, … Continue reading

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How to Make Sweet Potato Fries: Because you CAN have your fries and bake them too

By: Melanie If you read our blog with any degree of frequency, you may have gathered a few things about me: I prefer paperbacks to e-books and classics to the weekly best sellers. I also have a culinary habit that … Continue reading

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How to Make Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries: A Book Club Treat!

By: Christy Ah! Book club! A time for deep thought, rousing discussions, and literary analysis. However,…if your book club is anything like mine, then mixed in with the scintillating topics of conversation, there’s always time for laughs, socializing…and…you guessed it… … Continue reading

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How to Make Beet Pancakes: This Heart Day, Impress your Mark Darcy with Pink Food

By: Melanie It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, and this year, there’s real reason to rejoice: news just broke that there is another installment of my favorite guilty pleasure, Bridget Jones, in the works. The third book in the series is due … Continue reading

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How to Make Eggnog: An Easy, Scrooge Approved Recipe

By: Melanie Though December is only half over, I’m already starting to feel that dread, that familiar letdown that can only mean one thing: Christmas is over. My husband, Brian, and I (both of us are long time lovers of … Continue reading

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How to Make Beer Bread: A Recipe to Warm your Heart from the Heart of America

By: Christy So, a month or two ago, I got a text from my mom that read something like this: “3 c flour, ½ c sugar, 1 beer–beer bread…grandma  mollie’s cookbook. Really good!” I followed with a text asking how … Continue reading

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The Perfect Holiday Cocktail: A Clockwork Orange Vodka Fizz

By: Melanie Hooray! The holidays are upon us once more. Tis the season! The season for indulging.  For chex mix, cheese logs, pecan pies, deviled eggs, and jell-o molds.  (Or not. maybe you’re looking to be sensibly abstemious this go-round. … Continue reading

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House of Mirth: When you’re “living like pigs” you might as well eat bacon (Salmon BLTs)

By: Christy I can’t say I’m a convert yet, but I have to admit—Reading on my iPad is pretty damn convenient.  Two weeks ago, I finished my second full book on the electronic device, Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth, and … Continue reading

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How to Make Baked Butternut Squash Risotto: An Unexpected Favorite of the Picky Toddler

By: Melanie There was a time, not so very long ago, when I was truly a devourer of literature. I mean, really, I practically ate books for breakfast. Though I still make time to do plenty of reading for me, … Continue reading

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