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I don't know about you, but I like to eat braised meats and to suck out bone marrow in winter. For a delicious opportunity to do so, check out my latest blog post, which also includes a recipe for Brussels sprout slaw.
http://torasrealfood.blogspot.com/2014/01/winters-journey-and-braised-beef-shanks.html
Virginia in winter is subtly beautiful. Delicate, blackened bone trees. Raw, sweeping curves of hills. A colorbox of strange halftones: olive green, bleached orange, gray-brown, salt white. Sometimes hard to perceive, the bea...
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I know it's a bit late for a cookie recipe, but these are pretty great, so if you aren't all baked out yet, you should try a little lemon sunshine: http://torasrealfood.blogspot.com/2013/12/lemon-sweetie-pies-or-exercise-in.html
I know, I know. I am totally off schedule. Right now I should be posting healthy, fresh recipes for getting back into shape for the new year. Instead I am writing about this delicious, lemony cookie. But I made a promise to m...
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Fall is the right time for a nice, warm bowl of comforting soup. Here's a delicious cream of cauliflower soup to add to your rotation. http://torasrealfood.blogspot.com/2013/10/autumn-comfort-cream-of-cauliflower-soup.html
I haven't posted in an age. And the longer the time stretches out since that last post, months and months ago, the harder it gets to start writing again. Blogging is chock full of do's and don'ts. Experts all around explain t...
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Planning meals for next week? Why not consider this delicious pork and beans recipe with Alton Brown's pickled pork: http://bit.ly/Vksi4P .
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So what was supposed to be a recipe for pink lemon cupcakes turned into a heartbreaking story (with cupcakes). http://bit.ly/RiAmDk
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This week, #SundaySupper  is all about the color orange. Orange foods, that is. Lots of good stuff, including this butternut squash and tomato soup. 
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It's cold out there! Why not make some chili to warm and fill you up? http://torasrealfood.blogspot.com/2014/01/snow-day-chili-with-beans-and-hint-of.html
Yesterday it snowed--the first significant snow in a few years here in Northern Virginia. On the tail of the snowstorm came the polar vortex--a mass of cold, hard air as inexorable and weighty as a glacier. Warmth flees befor...
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Nothing like a warm blanket on a cold night and hash with a runny egg to fill your belly.
http://torasrealfood.blogspot.com/2013/11/two-potato-hash-with-ham-fall-comfort.html
I try to plan meals. I really do. But I end up improvising dinner far more often than I'd like to admit. And some nights, I have a plan to try something new and perhaps a little healthier, but find myself craving something co...
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Better late than never, here's the recipe for beef stew with Guinness and bacon that I promised. Today is a perfect cold day for it too! http://torasrealfood.blogspot.com/2013/02/reflections-on-winter-and-bowl-of-beef.html
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I am sure a lot of you are going to be busy in the kitchen today. If you need a break why don't you check out this week's #SundaySupper? It's all about family food traditions. One of my favorite foods for Christmas is this chicken liver pate. http://bit.ly/UmMrsO
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Celebrating 30,000 page views on the blog! Small potatoes to some, but a big deal to me! http://torasrealfood.blogspot.com
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I was so excited about the bean, bacon, sweet potato, and kale soup I made tonight I had to share it right away. http://bit.ly/QUSbbp
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