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Magic Matt: Husband, Father, Fishmonger Extraordinaire

Butchers and fishmongers fascinate me. Because my butchering skills are mediocre at best, seeing someone dissect a piece of meat or fish into neat little cuts is like watching someone walk on water. They can skin something or cut its … Continue reading

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Saying So Long to Summer with a Little Gnocchi & Clams

Ah summer… How I love it so… Someone asked me recently how my summer was going, and if I were to answer literally, I would have to say, “Not any different than the rest of the year.” I work full … Continue reading

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The Quest for Great Meatballs

  It’s no secret that I love meatballs. Growing up in New Jersey, just about every large gathering was catered by an Italian restaurant and featured all types of pastas and proteins. Swim team banquets, first communions, funerals – you … Continue reading

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A Cuban New Year, aka, Pig in a Box

The Sanchez family, native Miamians, moved in across the street from me a few years ago and quickly became known as the nicest people in the neighborhood. Carlos and Ines and their three boys (Gabriel, Nicholas and Michael), along with … Continue reading

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My Christmas Hangover

I’ll say it – thank goodness Christmas is over! I don’t think I could have eaten another bite! Don’t get me wrong – I love the holiday. I love the build up, the sense of good will and hanging out … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Come Together… Right Now… Over Ziti

I first met Dianne and Carrie when our daughters were in first grade.  I was new to Marietta and adjusting to life in the suburbs. Mike and I made the schlepp from the northeast after our daughter was born to … Continue reading

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