Garlic Grater From Kyle Smith Pottery

One of my favorite Christmas season traditions is attending Crafty Feast. I end up with as much stuff for myself as for others, but I swear it’s worth it. As I did a slow stroll by Kyle Smith’s huge pottery spread, my eyes honed in on this thing that looks like a spiky ashtray. Upon further inspection and a handy notecard, I found out it was a garlic grater! Even though he was busy he stopped to answer a few questions I had about this thing. Yes, he handmade it. Nope, the spikes will never dull. Yes, it’s easy...

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Blogging Updates From Seven Years In

I’ve been blogging here for seven years this month. In some ways I feel like I’ve come a long way, and others not so much. Last year was a pretty slow blogging year for me. I wasn’t feeling inspired and I was doing several freelancing projects, plus my day job. But this year I have decided to really recommit to blogging, and to make this platform really work for me the way that it has for other people. Believe it or not, people are still able to make full-time incomes or more off of blogging. Do I want to...

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Trader Joe’s Thai Green Curry with Peppers & Chickpeas

People really want to know how to use Trader Joes’s Thai Green Curry Sauce. I mean, really. It’s one of the most searched terms that lead people to my blog, something I know thanks to really digging into the world of SEO and Google Analytics lately. I conveniently had a half jar of the sauce left over from my last recipe and figured I’d share another one with ya’ll! Chickpeas & Peppers Green Curry Ingredients 1 cup white rice 1 cup water 2 teaspoons olive or coconut oil, divided One 15 oz. can of chickpeas 2 bell peppers cut...

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Lightlife’s New Frozen Entrees

When bloggers quit their jobs and go full-time, sometimes they forget about the trivialities of real life, where most of us don’t have time to cook eggs for breakfast or assemble a salad from the garden for lunch. No, the rest of us are jockeying for space in the break room to get a microwave at 12:02 p.m. and consider a large coffee with extra cream as breakfast on those days when we can barely even function. You won’t find me suggesting anything of the sort anytime soon because I know. I’m in the trenches too and even if I...

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My Goat Cheese Fudge Recipe Disappeared!

One of the worst things about the internet is that stuff you rely on can disappear in a minute, with no trace. There probably is a trace, but I don’t know/care enough to find it. But what disappeared on me was where this pin to a great goat cheese fudge recipe went. Instead of telling me how to make these fudge that I made before and enjoyed, it goes to a 404 error page. The worst. Luckily the pin preview still tells the ingredients, but I don’t know if I even trust that to hang around, so I figured...

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A Citrus Twist On Betty Crocker’s Pound Cake

Ya’ll know I love a good cookbook. And one of my most prized ones is the  40th Anniversary Edition of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook, because it contains recipes that remind me of being a kid, of baking with my grandfather. Certain pages are dog eared and stained from his baking, and those smudges and creases make me feel extra close to him again. Today will be six years since we said goodbye to him, on a hot, sunny February day that I know he sent to us. We were surrounded by tons of people who knew him and probably at...

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Birdsong Jalapeno Pale Ale Craft Beer Queso

I could say something about how It’s Almost Time for The Big Game! or something along those lines to encourage ya’ll to make this craft beer queso but let’s be honest, no game is needed for this to be a good eat. It can be a rainy Sunday afternoon, for example. Or a girls’ night or a way to use up one of the four blocks of cheese you bought all at once because it was on sale! Whatever the reason, it’s established that it’s a good idea to make this. Something that I hate in recipes that call...

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Getting Our Hardwood Floors Refinished

It’s been a little over a week since our floor refinishing journey really started and everything is settling back in to place finally as it comes to an end. They look amazing, and I am happy that we got it taken care of. But it was quite the ordeal to get here. For anyone who is considering refinishing the wood floors where they currently live, let’s talk about the process. We bought our house in 2009 from an older lady who lived in it since it was built in 1957. The original hardwood floors were in okay enough condition when...

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Home Goals 2018

We are in the midst of one of the most annoying home renovation projects that one can have done — getting the floors refinished in a house we’re currently living in. Three fourths of out home is original hardwood floor, which is awesome, except that it means basically moving. We’ve taken everything we own and put it either in a storage unit or in the non-wooden floor rooms, which are the den, the kitchen, and the bathrooms. But it’s a once-and-done scenario so we’re dealing with an extremely inconvenient week. Doing this task has me thinking about the next...

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Saluda’s in Five Points

I don’t often go to fancier restaurants because it’s hard to take good food photos when the lighting is set for ambiance. But the ambiance was nice at Saluda’s on a random weeknight that Patrick and I went ahead of Restaurant Week Columbia, which starts today, January 11 and runs through the 21. Restaurant Week Columbia provided me with a gift card so I could write about this experience. It was my first time at Saluda’s, place that I haven’t really thought about since high school prom time, when people were trying to namedrop the nicest restaurants they knew of to go to and show off their fanciness. So we chose a quiet weeknight to wander up the stairs to see what lay beyond. Because we don’t go out to eat together very often, we decided to really make a night of it. We started with drinks — mine a white wine with notes of white flowers and apricots. I’m not a wine person, really, but it was a nice drier white that worked with the cheese plate that we partook of for our first course. That cheese plate was really a good one though, something that you never can tell until you order and see what comes out on the wooden cutting board … isn’t it always a wooden cutting board? Along with a selection of three cheeses, the...

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About April Blake

April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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