Category Archives: the opening act

appetizers, entrées and other introductions to a fabulous meal

mixed greens chicken goat cheese and avocado salad

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In June of this year, we celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary by going back to my favorite happy place: Ireland. It was the first time since our honeymoon that we were taking a trip purely for pleasure, just the two of us. We rented a car and spent one blissful read more

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chickpea recipes

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Hiya! A couple months have passed since the dramatic recounting of our botched weekend, so here are some updates: We’ve been experiencing some of the coldest winter days in recent French history (which of course compared to many of our friends who endure extreme read more

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healthy flavorful meal ideas chicken breast

healthy meal ideas that actually taste good

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“I like you being on a diet!” If your significant other said that to you, how would you feel? What would you think? Would you feel offended? Would you chuck your plate of quinoa at them in righteous indignation? When my husband said those words to me, I w read more

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warm roasted beet salad with horseradish cream and fried brussels sprout leaves

roasted beet salad with avocado horseradish purée

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I’ve been talking a lot about the dentist lately. Hard not to, when I spend so much time with the guy. Every week or two I go, open my mouth, and he files away. Each time I stare up into the bright light. There is a dead bug trapped in the bulb. How did it g read more

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trout recipes

pan-seared trout with sautéed fennel and fried capers

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Today was meant to be a good day. The day my stitches come out after my dentistry adventure. Well the stitches came out. That was then followed by an read more

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asian sauteed brussels sprouts with spicy bacon recipe

caramelized brussels sprouts with spicy bacon

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This post contains graphic scenes of dental violence that might shock or frighten a person. Reader discretion is advised.

There are certain things that as kids, we almost all hated. Chief among them, Brussels sprouts, and going to the dentist.

A while back I reco read more

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arugula lemon feta walnut strawberry salad recipe

arugula, strawberry, and lemon feta salad

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What makes a perfect Sunday?

It comes as no surprise that the answer varies from person to person. Here’s a Sunday I remember: Sitting on our friends’ deck, watching their kids play and happily waiting for the delicious grilled steaks, veggies, and salad to read more

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roasted garlic hummus recipe

roasted garlic hummus

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As I was putting together an assortment of snacks for an evening’s gathering, I got to thinking about the first time I made my own hummus.

It was a cold winter’s day in Montreal. I had recently moved in with my new roommate, a fun and hilarious Québécois read more

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zucchini apple and mint pesto soup

zucchini apple and mint pesto soup

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There is a person whose profession invokes ripples of fear through the bodies of people everywhere, young and old alike. A person who sends out evil reminders of their presence in your life. A person who tries to trick you with so-called “friendly” chatter and str read more

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sweet spicy baked brie recipe

ground cherry and walnut baked brie

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I do not like the circus. I find the whole thing terrifying. I don’t like the fact that it is a traveling spectacle, for one thing. I don’t know, something about that just feels unsettling. I did get the chance to sit on an elepha read more

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