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Putting Up

Putting Up

I have found my new favorite cookbook - and it's all about "putting up". Putting up is what we call canning or preserving here in the South. The book is fascinating - all the science, fact and fiction of sweet and savory foods. I've been taking it to bed at night,...

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Tenderloin For Iron Chef!

Tenderloin For Iron Chef!

Woo Hoo! Fun Iron Chef class last night at the Cooks Warehouse. 4 Corporate Teams battling it out over the Secret Ingredient: Tenderloin. Lots of fun and lots of wine capped off a fierce and creative competition for bragging rights. Loved the "secret" team #5's entry....

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Flowers and Friends

Flowers and Friends

Here's a picture I wanted to share. I grew up with gardenias - they have always been one of my favorite flowers. (I even had a brief "fling" with Shalimar perfume, redolent of gardenias - but that's another story...) So, I was thrilled last night when friends Rebecca...

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Rutledge Georgia

Rutledge Georgia

We've been on the bike again, touring through the backroads of Georgia. Rutledge was our destination - east of Atlanta, near the more lauded city of Madison. There were two places that drew us to the tiny town, Rutledge Hardware and Yesterday's Cafe. The wonderful old...

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Pink Heals Salsa – WOW!

Pink Heals Salsa – WOW!

Couldn't resist sharing a couple of pictures from the Pink Heals Salsa Party last week at the Piedmont Cancer Wellness Center. Executive Director and Founder Lisa Vingerling hosted the kickoff for Pink Heals to celebrate with young women who are cancer survivors....

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Kimchi as Far as The Eye Can See

Kimchi as Far as The Eye Can See

Off on the motorcycle this weekend, and couldn't resist sharing these pictures with you. Stopped in Riverdale to visit one of my favorite international markets - the Super H Mart. It has all of my requirements for a great shopping experience: diverse food choices,...

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Ice Cream Prescription

Ice Cream Prescription

This is a prescription to good not to share. I had a tooth out today, (OH! don't get me started about how expensive my mouth is!), and came home with the best prescription ever. Don't you wish you could share my prescription? It was fun to open and it and discover...

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Now, That’s a BOTTLE of Wine!

Now, That’s a BOTTLE of Wine!

Wow! What a way to make a splash at a party. This bottle was brought to the Meals on Wheels “Friendraiser” I had the pleasure of participating in a couple of weeks ago. I had fun pairing my Roasted Ancho Potato Salad with Ted’s Montana Grill’s Bison Sliders. Which, by...

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New South Pimento Cheese

This weekend is a fun one - The Metropolitan Cooking and  Entertaining Show has arrived in Atlanta! I am thrilled to be presenting at the tasting and entertaining workshops, where I am making 3 quick appetizers inspired by 50 Delicious Daytrips Outside Atlanta. (I'll...

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Huevos Rancheros Before and After

Huevos Rancheros Before and After

The mayor of Denver welcomed us to the IACP conference last week. A former brew pub owner, he urged us to try Denver's Mexican food before leaving. At the airport early Saturday morning I spied a Mexican food stand, and not wanting to miss the experience, ordered my...

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St. Regis Rocks!

St. Regis Rocks!

Just in case you haven't heard the buzz in town - we are getting a beautiful new St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead. I had the pleasure of working with the opening team on Friday night, for Iron Chef Battle: Sage. Kicked off by General Manager Simon Rusconi and led by an...

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Celebration Cake

I will be the first to admit that this cake is one of those items I just hate to put in my calorie log. But its worth it - and sometimes you just have to celebrate! In my book that means Dark Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Frosting. This is one of my favorite...

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Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow

Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow

Isn't that a great book title? Hans Rueffert, a Georgia Chef and all around wonderful guy has published his first cookbook. If you are a foodie, you may remember him as a contestant on the show "The Next Food Network Star", but he is much more than just another pretty...

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Everyday with Marcus and Lisa

Everyday with Marcus and Lisa

Another fun appearance on Everyday With Marcus and Lisa. Kathy came along to assist me - and boy was it nice to have help. Marcus and I made 3 appetizers in less than 10 minutes - and had lots of laughs... Here are the quick, easy and delicious! recipes for those of...

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