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Capellini with Fresh Ricotta, Roasted Garlic, Corn, and Herbs

I stumbled across this recipe 12 years ago when I discovered that I could make my own ricotta cheese and that it was worth doing! Well maybe not worth it, but it’s totally WORTH it! Confused? Let me explain. Ricotta cheese you buy in a grocery store is fine for lasagna, stuffed shells, and anything […]


Coconut Cake

“I just love this recipe!” said Leigh, one of our Chapel Hill Food Fairies. “I found this blogger, Sally’s Baking Addiction, and ALL her recipes turn out perfectly. https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/coconut-cake/ Leigh was referring to this scrumptious 3-layer coconut cake which appears as perfection and, according to the client who requested this for her daughter’s birthday, it […]


Sichuan Dry-Fried Chicken with Veggies

Spring this year in the Triangle has really stretched its legs and asserted itself as a full season with plenty of cool evenings and moderate humidity I’ve been finding myself reaching back for a few more recipes I generally reserve for fall or winter. Last night I took a simple Sichuan Chinese dish and made […]


Chocolate Peanut or Almond Butter & Coconut No-Bake Cookie

Yields: 10-12 cookies Ingredients 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut (I used Trader Joes) 2 Tblsp unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 slightly heaped tsp kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Preparation 1. Prepare a cookie sheet […]


Passion Fruit and Coconut Cream Parfaits

Active Time: 45 MIN Total Time: 3 HR Yield Serves: 6 Pastry chef Koa Duncan of Los Angeles’s Water Grill is incredibly creative. She’s also remarkably persistent: Working as a pastry chef in a town that loves to diet is an uphill battle. Her fantastic passion fruit and creamy coconut parfait, layered with crunchy bits […]


Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Ham is a holiday favorite, but they tend to be big and unless you’re feeding a small army you’re probably going to have leftovers. You can make ham sandwiches, ham salad, all manor of breakfasts and this ultra easy and remarkably healthy split pea soup. Instant Pot Split Pea Soup 6 Quart Instant Pot leftover […]


Mussel & Spinach Bisque

Want to wow someone with a fancy delicious dish but don’t feel like slaving over it? Look no further than this delightful, flavorful bisque where the most time-consuming part is pulling the mussels from their shells. This is not a low fat, low calorie dish and I’m not going to pretend that it’s good for […]


Sichuan Tofu & Mushrooms

Asian food is my favorite food. From the basic Americanized and overly sweet Chinese take-out joints that you can find in any city to the high end Omakase Japanese restaurants I’ve been to in NYC and all of the Korean bulgogi, Pad Thai, and Vietnamese Pho joints in between. I cannot get enough of Asian […]


Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with beef, mushrooms & Swiss

Famed chef and restaurateur David Chang has a series on Netflix called Ugly Delicious and I highly recommend it to anybody who loves food. The name of the show is how I feel about this dish. I am not going to lie. The picture I took of this dish is ugly. My plates hale from […]


Chicken with Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce

I may do most of the cooking in our house, but I often make my wife do the hardest part. She has to tell me what she wants to eat. Once I get a few ideas out of her I’ll either delve into the archives or hit the net for a new recipe. In this […]


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