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By Leslie Over the weekend I was babysitting for my sister and brother-in-law. I love being in other people's kitchens, especially when they are family. I think it's (oddly?) fun to make dinner with their things and use their pretty dishes. My sister has lots of pretty dishes and an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at Food Lush
By Leslie My new favorite kitchen gadget is this little aluminum spray can. I first heard about it on a number of healthy living blogs, but I wasn't sure I needed it. Now that it sits on my countertop, I've realized how useful it is. The Misto is practical and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Food Lush
By Leslie Last weekend when I was looking around for superbowl party recipes I kept seeing caprese salads pop up everywhere. I love caprese salads but I didn't necessarily associate them with normal football watching fare. However, mini caprese's on a stick sounded like a fun idea. They were easy,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at Food Lush
By Leslie When most people hear "boxed wine" they probably think of things like old-school tupperware parties and the frugality of college life. Lately though, I've been seeing an increase in the variety of boxed wine at some local stores that usually shelve quality products. When asked about the taste,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at Food Lush
By Leslie I'm always looking for quick, healthy breakfast options that I can have ready to go. Sometimes fruit just doesn't cut it. I want something that has a little more staying power. After reading Mama Pea's recipe for homemade Zee Bars, I decided I would give them a try.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at Food Lush
By Leslie I was over at a friend's house for dinner the other night and she was serving water out of the cutest glass bottle with a stopper. It felt so chic and restaurant-like. Then it hit me that it was the same bottle we had used when we co-hosted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Food Lush
By Leslie I just watched Julie and Julia for the second time, which means I'm suddenly into all things French. Do you know the language? I don't, but sometimes I pretend. Whenever I read a menu item that has a particularly french description I'll a.) ask the server about it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Food Lush
By Leslie I'm not normally a sweets-for-breakfast kind of gal. I'll take bacon and eggs over a sugary waffle any day. Which is why is surprised me how much I loved these apple pancakes. They are very easy to make, and adding some fruit provides a nice variation in texture.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at Food Lush
By Leslie A few years ago my beloved french press coffee maker tumbled out of the cabinet and crashed to the floor. It was pretty sad, but I eventually got over it and have relied on the drip coffee maker ever since. This year my kitchen was the lucky recipient... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Food Lush
By Leslie & A'Dell Editor's note: We couldn't keep either of these delicious holiday-inspired cocktail recipes from you mere days before Christmas, so you get two posts for the cost of one! *** Festive Peppermintini By Leslie This weekend we attended a friend's holiday party and the hostess was making... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie Last weekend I picked up a spaghetti squash, figuring I'd come up with something when it came time for dinner. The little blue sticker on the squash gave simple instructions for cooking. Since I'd never actually cooked or eaten it before, I thought it would be a good... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie One of my friends recently brought up the idea of hosting a little cookie exchange. I've never been to one (have you?) but I'm excited by the idea of sharing cookies and searching around for some new ideas. We have a few secret family recipes (my grandmother's chocolate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie Ok, am I living under a rock? Is everyone watching the cooking channel? I knew this came out, but I have never watched and I just now (as in today, about an hour ago) realized we even have it. Being obsessed with all things Voltaggio, I was pretty... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie Oh, Real Simple, you (and bacon) never let me down. I was all set to make some standard turkey tacos, when I found this recipe in the November issue of Real Simple. It was hidden in the back after all the turkey and trimmings recipes under the "Weeknight... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie Is everyone sick of pumpkin recipes yet? I hope not. This weekend I made pumpkin spice cookies for a Halloween party. I had never made them before, but they were really good and super easy. Pumpkin Spice Cookies (recipe adapted from here, which is adapted from Betty Crocker)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie I've always stored coffee in its orignal bag or canister in the freezer. We go through it pretty quickly, so I had never really considered anything else. I've heard a few times from some reliable and some not so reliable sources that the freezer is actually one of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie Sometimes I make an impulse buy at Home Goods because it's $3.99 and seems like it may be useful. Then I come home and look around and say to myself, "really? like we need anymore junk in the utensils drawer." But, a few times I strike gold. Here... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie The big Chicago marathon was that past weekend. Did anyone run or watch? Huge congrats if you ran!! I'm sort of fascinated by big races and all that goes into them. I'd love to run or attend one of the larger ones like Chicago, New York, or Boston.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie Food Trucks. We have a few of them here in Baltimore and they are definitely gaining popularity. I've been to one of the city food truck rallies and they seem to consistently draw a huge crowd. In my house we are fans of The Great Food Truck Race... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie One of the best parts of knowing everyone and knowing everything about the town you grew up in is that you can rattle off the "best of ..." winners pretty quickly. In southern Maryland there is a place on the water called The CD Cafe. It's located on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie Everyone is just going nuts about fall. (And Missoni, sheesh.) I love it! (Fall, that is. Not so much Missoni because going to Target to fight with other women over sweaters makes me nervous.) There are pumpkins at the supermarket. I'm going to try to hold off until... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie This weekend one of my friends made a really amazing spicy thai soup. It contained shredded chicken, rice noodles, curry, ginger, sriracha, and fresh herbs. She mentioned that she found the recipe in the most recent Cooking Light magazine. It got me thinking about the best magazines for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie Hi Food Lushers! I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. Sometimes I find myself with a huge bunch of herbs leftover from dinner or a party. Although fresh herbs aren't usually too expensive, I still hate wasting food. Especially when that food is fresh parsley, basil,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie I'll admit it. I am one of those people who picks the wine based on the label. Show me a vintage, cheeky, or whimsical looking label and it's mine. Same goes for beer. The first whiff of fall hits, and I'm throwing down $20 for 4 bottles of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at Food Lush
By Leslie I recently started replacing breadcrumbs with panko crumbs. So far, I like the change. Do you use panko crumbs? If so, please share. If you're unfamiliar with panko, it is a Japanese-style bread crumb. The texture is much crisper than regular bread crumbs. I like to use it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at Food Lush