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Laura
Main Line, Philadelphia, PA
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Once again I'm thrilled to be participating in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, which benefits Cookies for Kids' Cancer. This year's cookie, Jingle Jewels, are my twist on Peanut Butter Blossoms, a longtime favorite holiday treat. My mother-in-law Kathy provided the inspiration for these cookies (Thank you, Oma!). She... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Main Line Feast
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Thanksgiving buzz has begun at our house as we prepare to welcome over a dozen to our table. Here's what's new and tried-and-true for this year: Rosemary Napkin Rings ~ Aren't these simple and gorgeous? Rosemary is sturdy enough to serve as napkin ties and emits the perfect, subtle holiday... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at Main Line Feast
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Our Juliet turned two last Thursday and we celebrated with a small family gathering today that was all about puppies. All that was needed to entertain two little ones were balloons... And a real live 'puppy' guest - Abbie, my parents' golden retriever. This brunch/lunch menu was fuss-free and reminded... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2015 at Main Line Feast
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Traveling to Italy this summer, I could only hope that this Old World country would live-up to our culinary dreams. And did it ever. After a jaunt in Rome and a week spent wandering through the Tuscan countryside, here are the dishes that we can’t stop talking about. Sprawling Rome... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2015 at Main Line Feast
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Last week I took a culinary escape to Paris and the month before Marrakesh. These exotic escapades were courtesy of Try the World, a service that sends beautifully packaged boxes of intriguing food finds from across the globe, each curated by a star chef. Every box focuses on one city... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Main Line Feast
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Spring is on its way in and it's the perfect time to gather great friends together to celebrate the end of winter's chill. And I have just the dinner menu for you to try: Crunchy, Roasted BBQ Chickpeas A small snack to tide people over to dinner. Addictive, always! Seven-Grain... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Main Line Feast
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One of the best ways to gain recipe ideas is to read through a fellow cook's bookshelf. And that's exactly what I did over the holidays, while staying with my sister-in-law and her family. I photographed and saved several recipes from her current favorite cookbook, Not Your Mother's Make Ahead... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at Main Line Feast
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Pecan or nut balls have been synonymous with the holidays since we can remember. In fact, for this year's Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, my initial inspiration was the below newspaper clip, from my Gram's favorite recipes. But you all know I'm not traditional! My eventual cookie creation, these boozey... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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In less than three years since starting her blog Sally’s Baking Addiction, Philadelphia native Sally McKenney has taken the culinary world by storm. Filled with scrumptious cookies, decadent cakes and other sweet treats, her site was named one of the “Top 10 Food Blogs to Watch” by The Huffington Post.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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I was gifted a big bag of cookie cutters from my mother recently, when she cleaned out her kitchen after three decades. Snowmen. Dinosaurs. Bunnies. A Tennis Racket. Ghosts. Name an object – I’m sure we have the cookie cutter. Here’s the problem. Dough and I don’t mix well in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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The proof is in the pizza. Chef Frank Nattle’s that is. An authentic Italian margherita sealed the deal when Nattle and business partner Tim McGowan were negotiating for the space of the now-open second location of Vecchia Pizzeria Napoletana at 134 N. Wayne Ave. in downtown Wayne. Since introducing his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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Whether creepy, chilling or cute, here are the sweet treats you need to try this Halloween season. There are easy ideas like charming owl cupcakes with Oreo cookie eyes as well as candy corn-inspired pudding pops and cheesecakes. Black velvet whoopie pies are the perfect sophisticated dessert. And who doesn’t... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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Sugar-Free Slow-Cooker Apple Butter Chopped apples and spices slow cook all day long, filling the house with an amazing aroma. A quick immersion blend results in an amazing apple butter to use on toast, sandwiches, mixed in with yogurt, etc. After tasting this, my three-year-old asked, "Can I have apple... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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Our little peanut is one-year-old today! Ask anyone close to me and they'll tell you how completely head-over-heels in love I am with our sweet girls. Especially right now, when babyhood and toddlerhood is fleeting. Being the happy baby that she is, it only seemed appropriate to celebrate Juliet's first... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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Mark your calendars! The Second Annual Taste of Berwyn will be held Sunday, September 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. adjacent to the Easttown Library. Daemion Counseling Center and the Berwyn Fire Company will be the beneficiaries of this rain-or-shine event that will feature local restaurants and food and crafts... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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Signs of summer's end are near and I'm not ready to say farewell. This season was one of the busiest - and best - I can remember. Reconnecting with family and friends. Bike rides at the beach. Pool splashing and sand between our toes. Blowing out three candles for our... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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From picnics and BBQs to dining al fresco, summer is in full swing and it sure tastes sweet. Staying around the Main Line? You’re in luck. There’s a bounty of quintessential summer eats to try. Here are five of our favorite classics: BBQ Chicken – Barbacoa Try the house specialty... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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Stop in the new Devon Donut & Bagel Company for donuts after hitting the gym one morning? Oh yes I did. A maple-glazed donut garnished with crispy bacon is the breakfast of champions. Main Line residents are making a beeline for this family owned and operated store, just opened in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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Ready to gift him a few of his favorite things this June 15? Read on for the best culinary picks of the season: For the Gadget Guy … The ‘Smoking Gun’ is simply the coolest tool for guys who want to quickly and effortlessly infuse food and drinks with natural... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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Most Moms don’t need to be dazzled on Mother’s Day. They’ll choose toast over a fancy brunch. Sleeping in over a stressful family outing. And she’ll enjoy a thoughtfully written card over a big-time gift. (At least by this Mom of two little ones.) But for foodie Mom there are... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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This is my new favorite dessert. A not-too-sweet, light coconut angel food cake. Swap out the water typically used with the cake mix for coconut water. Fold in unsweetened coconut and bake. That's it! Serve it plain or dress it up with strawberries, melted bittersweet chocolate and whipped coconut cream.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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Nearly 200 million eggs are purchased for Easter celebrations in the United States every year, according to the American Egg Board. That’s a lot of leftover eggs for inspiration. So, after all the egg hunts, decorating and celebrations subside ... turn to these recipes, from chefs, bloggers and food enthusiasts... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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All year long we wait to descend to the warmth of the shore and its many culinary comforts. Crab cakes, ice cream, caramel corn, and lobster rolls, of course. If you crave the latter, then your wait is over thanks to the newly opened Quincy’s Original Lobster Rolls in Berwyn’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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Flowers are blooming. Clothes are brighter. Coats are lighter. Walking at night. Things finally feel right. And, the strawberries are ripe! Pull up a chair to the table, for this easy dinner that sings of spring: Crunchy Mock-fried Chickpeas Arugula, Apple, Manchego and Almond Salad (Once Upon a Chef )... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Main Line Feast
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When I see the lasagna noodles in the supermarket, I turn my cart and run the other way. The very thought of making a lasagna exhausts me. Time. A sink full of pots and dishes. Gigantic, difficult noodles. Not to mention what a heavy, dense dinner it can be. But... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Main Line Feast