Author Archives: relliott

A Little Old School Germany In Marietta, Georgia

Emily is my stylist, and I adore her. She’s been giving me a cut and color every few months for several years and never gives me a hard time for doing my own box color in between appointments. She’s always … Continue reading

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Facing My Fears – The 2-Crust Pie

I’ll just say it – I’m a terrible dough roller. Terrible. When I first learned to cook, I had visions of lining my window sills with fresh, homemade pies. My friends would visit and we’d share a cup of tea … Continue reading

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Midwestern, Stick-to-Your-Ribs Yumminess

Heidi is the wife of an old boss of mine. I met her a job ago, probably at a Christmas party or charity golf tournament. I liked her immediately. Not only is she tall like me, she’s very, very funny … Continue reading

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Sweet Home Alabama

I met Amy Norton through a mutual friend on twitter. See if you can follow this: I featured my neighbor Tim Gaddis in a blog post about his amazing barbeque sauce (see: Barbeque & Extraordinary Moments). Tim tweeted the post, … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger: Hippy Goddess Larissa Phillips

I met Larissa in the 90’s when we were waitresses together at a tapas restaurant in Philadelphia. We were broke and fabulous and trying to make our way in the world while serving paella to Center City regulars. Over time, … Continue reading

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Council of Elders – Part I: Ina Garten’s Roasted Chicken a.k.a., The Meal That Brought My Vegetarian Daughter Back to Meat

As a self-taught cook, I rely on cookbooks, food magazines, websites and cooking shows to teach me how to make homemade meals for my family. Over the years, I’ve found myself drawn to certain chefs for their style in the … Continue reading

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The Hero’s Welcome

  My mother grew up reading the Saturday Evening Post and had very romantic notions of what travel should be. She pictured every Amtrak station to be a hive of sentimental activity, like soldiers dramatically kissing their wives when coming … Continue reading

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Say Hello to Your Brother’s Mother-in-Law for Me

Kathy Fields is my brother’s mother-in-law and one of the most generous people I know. I first met her when my family moved to Georgia nine years ago. It was Thanksgiving, and she figured (rightly so) that we didn’t know … Continue reading

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