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Tips for Enjoying the Holiday Season

Because I LOVE to eat and drink, I always try to read lots of healthy tips and tricks this time of the year. Here's a link to a list that I found particularly helpful - so I am passing it on to you all. Scroll down the page til you find the blog for Wednesday Dec 3....

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Birthday Blog

Birthday Blog

Each year before my birthday, I spend hours looking through cookbooks and cruising the net. No "bought" cakes for me, I enjoy trying to decide what decadent indulgence I am going to make almost as much as eating it. So this year I decided to go retro and back to the...

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Regional Produce in the Fall

Regional Produce in the Fall

Mike and I headed North last weekend with our friends Peter and Rebecca. On the way we stopped at the Tomato House. What fun! Lots of regional foods, and rooms full of hot sauces, chili jams and relishes. As a big fan of local produce, I was thrilled to talk to some...

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Fall Day in Newnan

Fall Day in Newnan

"Didn't know you picked, Jimmy" the women beside me said to a guitar player. "Oh yes ma'am, yes ma'am I sure do!" was his reply. And then the group started playing. We stood in the square of Newnan for over an hour listening to a rag tag group of excellent musicians...

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New Orleans in Douglasville

New Orleans in Douglasville

Wowza. I don't think I have ever BEEN to Douglasville before. But I learned that I should have - and you should too, if you want wonderful Cajun and Creole food cooked by a family from New Orleans. We hopped on the bike the other day and headed west from Atlanta in...

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A Trip to Malaysia

A Trip to Malaysia

Do you enjoy Malaysian food? If you're a fan of Thai food - Malay food will make you happy, too! My friend Carrie and I headed up the highway 75 corridor to Penang. Malaysian food is similar to Thai, and combines elements from Indian and Chinese cuisines. Coconut...

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Pumpkinfest

Pumpkinfest

We set off on a motorcycle ride to North Georgia last weekend. I am so enjoying the new motorcycle, I had forgotten how much fun it was to ride.  It was typically beautiful fall weather here - clear, crisp and in the high seventies. We stopped by Pumpkinfest, and I...

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Chocolate Macaroons

Chocolate Macaroons

What's a little indulgence without chocolate? And if you are looking for the ultimate, check out the Chocolate Macaroon at Nordstroms. The size of a baseball, and perfect for sharing, you can't go wrong with creamy coconut and luscious, dark chocolate. For a special...

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Beautiful Blue Tasting

Beautiful Blue Tasting

A few months ago, I taught a Dessert Wine Class with a Cheese Tasting. It was so much fun, and everyone was very interested in how to put together a cheese plate and conduct a tasting. So, I thought I would share this tasting sheet from one of my sister's parties....

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Everyday with Marcus and Lisa

Everyday with Marcus and Lisa

I've been sending out information about my appearances on Everyday with Marcus and Lisa, but thought I would include a couple of pictures so you can see the beautiful set.  From the producers to the directors to the friendly and helpful talent coordinator to the...

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What’s Your Favorite Kitchen Tool?

What’s Your Favorite Kitchen Tool?

I just finished reading an article in one of my favorite cooking magazines about essential kitchen tools. It was filled with chinois, mandolins and other items used often in the professional kitchen. But, when fixing a fast and fresh dinner at home, I don't often...

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Salad ON Pizza

Salad ON Pizza

Here's a fun take on the tried and true salad and pizza combo. Our local Mellow Mushroom has a "Caesar Salad Pizza". Warm crusty pizza dough right from the oven, topped with a fresh and crispy Chicken Caesar Salad. Can it get much better? Pair it with a Micro Brew and...

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