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  Friends, I almost quit my Better Know a Mother Sauce series this past week. The espagnole sauce about did me in and there was a point that I threw my hands up and said, “I quit! It’s too hard!”  You see, I made demi-glace (yay!) and then I made a weird…
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Better Know a Mother Sauce: Tomate

And we’re back again with our next mother sauce – tomate! In case you didn’t know I’ve been making my way through the five mother sauces, so if you’ve missed the first two installments of this series, also known as Better Know a Mother Sauce, be sure to…
Better Know a Mother Sauce: Tomate - it's slow cooked for maximum flavor!
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This past weekend everything was bright, cheerful, and just gosh-darn-so-happy around these parts. Easter officially ushered in Spring and Chapel Hill responded in kind – suddenly tulips were everywhere, happy daffodils met us at every corner, and the…
These fiesta lettuce wraps with black beans and peppers are so easy to make and full of flavor!
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Better Know a Mother Sauce: Bechamel

When I set out to learn about the five mother sauces (click here and here if you missed the first two parts) I was excited about all of them except one – bechamel. What’s to get excited about? I’ve made it a thousand times (mac & cheese is a life long…
Learn how to make bechamel for a wonderful creamy, cheesy roasted cauliflower gratin.
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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies I've Ever Made

Perfect homemade chocolate chip cookies are like unicorns – I want to believe so much that they exist, but I’ve never pulled a perfect chocolate chip cookie out of my oven. I’ve tried in vain for many years  – I’ve made countless batches of Nestle Toll…
Crispy edges with soft and chewy centers - these are the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever made!
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Better Know a Mother Sauce: Veloute

 Have you seen The Hundred Foot Journey? It’s a wonderful movie about a family that opens an Indian restaurant in a small French village just 100 feet away from a Michelin Star restaurant run by a stately and proper women played by Helen Mirren. Of course…
Veloute is one of the five mother sauces in French cuisine and is so easy to make!
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Got leftover veggies? Make these beef and veggie noodle bowls! First let me say I struggled with what to calls this – beef lo mein would have been appropriate except I didn’t use lo mein noodles because I couldn’t find them anywhere (and by “anywhere” I…
Beef and Veggie Noodle Bowls are a great way to use up all kinds of leftovers!
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I have a love/hate  thing with Food Network; on one hand, I credit the 24 hour food and cooking channel with my early cooking education – thanks to the Food Network I learned how to peel and chop garlic, dice an onion, and make the most amazing flourless…
Tender New York strip steak tossed with spinach, pasta and a tangy dijon mustard and balsamic dressing.
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Pineapple Orange Smoothie

This this is what I’ve been drinking this week – a fresh and sweet pineapple orange smoothie that takes about five minutes to whip up and goes so well with all the nice Spring weather we’ve been having. We’ve been a little more conscious about what we’re…
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There are tomato sauces and then there is this tomato sauce that I’m sharing with you today. Maybe you’ve heard about it? It’s Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce – you know, the one that has only four ingredients: tomatoes, onion, butter, and salt. There’s no…
Cheesy baked shells topped with a simple and flavorful tomato sauce. You won't believe how easy it is to make!
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Chicken and Mushroom Supreme

Bonjour! Welcome to Part 2 of my exciting series Better Know a Mother Sauce! Earlier this week I kicked of the series with veloute sauce – a simple base sauce made of chicken stock, butter, and flour – and I’m back today to share what I made with it…
Chicken and mushrooms with a silky smooth supreme sauce made with chicken stock, butter, flour, and cream.
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Easy banana walnut muffins with a streusel topping.
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