Monthly Archives: December 2011

lunch with beth at mia & grace

something nice about being home is seeing friends you haven’t seen in awhile. tuesday morning i met beth, who was one of my best friends growing up, at a local coffee shop.  it was nice to catch up for hours over … Continue reading

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zucchini with tomato & onions

for christmas, my little sister got me a cookbook filled with italian recipes for the slow cooker. it was hands down my favorite gift this year along with this book, which kari got me (sorry everyone else). while paging through the cookbook, i … Continue reading

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portobello mushroom lasagna

this portobello mushroom lasagna recipe is one of my favorite recipes, especially when it’s cold outside. it’s a warm, rich dish that doesn’t have to be too heavy. i love the earthy undertones of nutmeg, although i find the dish … Continue reading

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vegetarian strata with spinach, green pepper & red onion

i made this vegetarian breakfast casserole for my family on christmas morning to enjoy alongside their freshly baked morning buns. like morning buns, this casserole can be prepared ahead of time & popped into the oven half an hour before … Continue reading

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christmas morning buns

i’d never had a morning bun until i moved to madison, where they are sold everywhere (including starbucks, although i’m certain there are better places to find them). as you know, i’m on a cinnamon kick, so these seemed like … Continue reading

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brunch at morning star cafe

this time of year, tradition seems to mean everything. although i’m not as enamored with tradition as say, justice scalia, eating at morning star cafe with all my siblings every time we’re home simultaneously is one of my favorite traditions of all.

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potatoes au gratin with gruyere & parmesan

this dish was mom’s idea. she had a bunch of idaho potatoes to use up & all of us kids plus four cousins to feed. she googled a recipe for potatoes au gratin & sent me out to get the ingredients. … Continue reading

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asparagus with grey poupon

when i finally arrived at my parents’ house in michigan today after almost eight hours in the car, my mom hugged me before gesturing to some asparagus & sweet potatoes. “i have to shower,” she said, “can you do these?” … Continue reading

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smoked gouda mac ‘n’ cheese with roasted red peppers

the cool thing about being a michigan grad is that you can find fellow wolverines anywhere in the world. when i first moved to madison, i ran into a classmate of mine from undergrad at the union. even though we … Continue reading

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lunch at lazy jane’s with michelle & her sisters

while i was walking my pup yesterday, i looked up to see someone excitedly rushing toward me yelling “tina!” it was my delightfully free-spirited friend michelle, whose love of traveling & foreign languages has taken her to live in germany … Continue reading

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