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My Southeastern Adventure: A Quest for Good Food and Great Beer

My Southeastern Adventure: A Quest for Good Food and Great Beer

Beginning my quest with a pleasant drive northeast up to Charleston, SC, we quickly settled in and our party of twelve crowded into the local Charleston Crab House, a family-owned business founded in 1991. My boyfriend and I consumed a dozen local raw oysters each and split 1.5 pounds of Alaskan snow crab legs, devouring […]

Recipe: Hot Mulled Wine with Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Recipe: Hot Mulled Wine with Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

With spring right around the corner, I’m taking advantage of the last “wintery” activities I can. But when I want to spice it up and go one notch farther than sipping on a hot cocoa, I spend an evening making a huge batch of sweet and spicy mulled wine. Parallel to the classic hot toddy, […]

RECIPE: Ultimate Butternut Squash Mac-n-Cheese

RECIPE: Ultimate Butternut Squash Mac-n-Cheese

PHOTO: Scott Clark, Creative Commons This year, we are feeling the bitter winter blues more than any year in recent history. Many of us are finding ourselves eating at home rather than going out, simply because it’s too darn cold outside to even THINK about leaving to get something to eat – and I live […]

Top Ten Albums of 2013

Top Ten Albums of 2013

As 2013 winds to a close, we reflect on another fantastic year of music that has graced our ears and left aural imprints on our souls. Here, in no particular order, are my picks for the top ten albums of 2013: 1) Red Ember: Wakes in Shadow, Lies by Fire Genre: Modern Bluegrass, folk The […]

The Anti-Everything Super Soup

The Anti-Everything Super Soup

One of my favorite winter solstice meals incorporates the nutty and subtle flavors of butternut squash, and the sweet and crisp flavors of red and/or green apples. Tied together with seasonal spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom, this soup is sure to tickle the fancy of anyone who tries it. In addition to tasting […]