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Sweet, Flaky, Rugelach Crescents

For many, this time of year means one thing. Cookies. It is a long-standing tradition to make and gift cookies for friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances…and perhaps even that weird guy in your office that sits in the corner mumbling about his stapler. I personally hear…

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Golden, Crunchy, Buttery Latkes

This time of the year is also the time for one of my very favorite holiday treats – the glorious latke. Now, I suppose I should start out by saying that I am not of the Jewish faith in practice, but having grown up on…

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Simple Entertaining: Baked Brie & Apple Tarts

Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays…that is for sure. This time of year we are serenaded by a plethora of Christmas songs that paint a quintessential picture of families…cozied up around the hearth and tree wearing gaudy reindeer sweaters, holding cups of…

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A Cozy Ski Lodge Hits NYC?

Yep, sure has! Sounds sort of strange, I know, but I had to share this with all of my friends in the NYC area. If you can’t make it to the lodge proper this winter, all the way at the tippy-top of those mountains, then…

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Giving Thanks for Lollipops, Strawberries and Chicken

This year, I relived the real magic of a traditional Thanksgiving with some dear friends of mine. I traveled all of the way out to sunny California to cook a full Turkey Day meal for about eight people. Crazy? Maybe. At least that is what…

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Welcome Back Kotter. A Retrospective Glance at 2012…A Look Forward to 2013

  Or should I make that, welcome back Kristen?! (That is me, for those who are unaware). “What are we welcoming you back from, Kristen,” you may ask. Well isn’t that a great question, thanks for asking! 2012 has been a trying year, filled with…

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Sunday Supper: Ray’s To The Third

So, the Ray’s franchise recently added a new food-stuffery to their to their repertoire. Well, not necessarily THAT recently, as I ate this installment of Sunday Fun-Dinner with my good friends over a month ago in icy temperatures on the verge of snow. And, at…

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Sunday Supper: Circa at Dupont

So, as of late, a small group of my displaced friends and I, who have flocked from across the nation to, naturally, our nation’s capital, have begun a tradition of family dinner that is all our own. This group of fine folks, many of whom…

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I Le Want Le Doufe!

Isn’t it just a thing of beauty. And smart too. I am pretty sure if I don’t buy or receive this item, we may at least have to start dating. Just another kitchen related goodie to add to the growing list of things Kristen wants!…

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Cheddar & Chive Guinness Bread

Ok, so I don’t like to steal anyone’s thunder, nor their hot-off-the-presses recipes, but my good friends over at theKitchn just sent me a recipe for the upcoming St. Patty’s Day festivities that I just HAD to share cause it sounded that good. I mean…

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