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Eastern European Adventure | Zakopane and Slovakia

Nestled at the foot of the Tatra Mountains of south-central Poland, the resort town of Zakopane (known as “the winter captital of Poland”) was our next stop. Just days earlier ...

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Eastern European Adventure | Krakow

At this rate, I won’t be done recapping this trip for another few months, but if you’re still reading, that means you’ll likely bear with me. The holidays, binge-watching BBC ...

The train platform at Birkeneau.

Eastern European Adventure | Auschwitz-Birkenau

Leaving the Czech Republic behind, we crossed into southern Poland and made our way towards Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest and perhaps best known of the Nazi concentration and death camps. From its ...


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Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Lentils, Mushrooms, and Sweet Potato

When I saw this recipe for Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Lentils, Mushrooms, ...
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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Unless you’re talking about pizza or an enormous bowl of pasta (and ...

Braided Challah Bread

Last Sunday I had zero plans and the weather was unpleasant.  Basically…a ...

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Eastern European Adventure | Prague

Sometime last spring I decided to stop whining about wanting to go on a “big trip” and booked something. From the moment I chose the beauty and history of Eastern Europe to the moment my flight was booked took about 12 hours. I knew I would have a few days alone in Prague, and then […]

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America’s Test Kitchen Baked Ziti

As both a pasta fan and meat foe, I appreciate the joys of a good noodle, tomato, and cheese casserole. Popular and portable, this baked ziti from the culinary maestros at America’s Test Kitchen has recently become my favorite “pasta casserole.” Baked ziti is great because it doesn’t require the layering of a lasagna or stuffing of […]

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10 Photos | Holiday Weekend

Last weekend kicked off with a very wet (soaking, in fact) Fourth of July. We spent it at my parents with my sisters and their families, plus my aunt and uncle. The rest of the weekend was sunny, warm, and pleasantly busy. Here it is in 10 photos. Another summer weekend come and gone. Hope […]

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The Sights of Summer

Summer has finally arrived in Manchester and I’m into it, starting with homemade strawberry sauce. If you have to recipe test gingerbread in June, all it takes is a little strawberry sauce to take things from Santa to summer. Cut up fresh berries, add a little sugar, let things sit and chill for a few […]

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Crispy Maple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Three Things | Winter Day Trip

I make a lot of food, but precious little of it gets shared here, meaning most of what I make is for work or is so boring (toast, anyone? shrimp quesadillas? veggie burger?) it’s not acceptable. You can, as always, keep up with more of my cooking and baking via my Yankee blog, but in […]

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Chocolate Drop Cookies

Those looking for adventure in the kitchen have a few options. Some think global and tackle new world cuisines. Some think science and grow their own yeast starter or master homemade fudge (my nemesis). Still others think innovation and start cooking from inspiration and instinct, recipes be damned. As for me, I think vintage and […]

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Coconut Curry Chickpea Soup

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White Bean and Basil Dip with Homemade Pita Chips

Some appetizers are healthier than others, but healthy doesn’t have to inherently mean less tasty. My family got together over the weekend to celebrate my mom and sister’s birthdays, and since I knew my mom would be providing plenty of crowd-pleasing cheesy, chippy snacks, I thought I’d take the opportunity to make a bean dip. […]

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