My Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

March 4, 2015

Sometimes what food writers don’t tell you is that their favorite recipes are the hardest ones to post. It’s not because it’s to protect a sekrit family recipe, or to save it for a future restaurant or cookbook publishing. It isn’t even because the recipe is so near and dear that the thought of having […]

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King Cake Alternatives

February 16, 2015

The past two years I’ve brought king cakes to my offices, which in turn made people like me more and question my heritage. While I’m always welcoming of people liking me more, I just have to put it out there that I’m not from Louisiana, nor is anyone in my family. The king cake tradition […]

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Too Much Jelly? Break Out the Cocktail Shaker

February 11, 2015

We’ve got a lot of jelly in this house. It’s not because we’re avid canners, or have generous friends who are. No, it’s because we have a pantry that’s packed and someone (not me) is a “If I can’t see it without moving anything, we ain’t got it” kind of grocery procurer. And that’s why […]

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New in Columbia – Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

February 1, 2015

Anyone that’s been within viewing distance of downtown Columbia has seen the familiar sight of the Adluh Flour Mill and its towering presence looming over the Vista. It’s actually one of the few buildings downtown that still operates in the true fashion of the original area, milling flour and corn. But the mill hasn’t used […]

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Earth Fare Treat Trip

January 21, 2015

These sunny days in January are a treat that we forget we have nearly every year, so when they come along on a weekend or a holiday it’s even more luxurious. MLK day is the last holiday I’ll have off until July 4, so today is all about relaxing and enjoying the day. Despite a […]

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Soda City Suds Week

January 19, 2015

As I mentioned in one of my last posts, five friends and myself have formed a nonprofit to support and organize a week of publicly supported drinking craft beer education and appreciation events. But in all seriousness, as I reported in the Free Times last month, craft beer is giving South Carolina a serious economic […]

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#MadeWithChobani Herbed Potato Salad

January 13, 2015

Not everyone would enjoy a 10 lb bag of potatoes as a Christmas present, but I had no objections when my dad handed me a big sack of russet taters at our annual Christmas day lunch. Two weeks later and there’s nary a sign of aging on them, just a few eyes sprouting but I […]

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The Year In Food

January 8, 2015

I was asked to contribute some thoughts to the past year in food as well as the future year in food for the Free Times (in Columbia, SC). While there’s quite a variety of topics in this list, a few things stood out to me: 1. Columbians LOVE local. If it’s homegrown, we support it! […]

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Looking Back at 2014

January 1, 2015

I love looking back at these reflective surveys each each and seeing what I was thinking, feeling, and experiencing at the time. Some things never change, and some things do, radically. Here are ones from New Year’s Eve 2013, 2012, 2011. 1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? I went to Disney […]

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Where Oh Where Did 2014 Go?

December 31, 2014

It’s been a little over three months since my last post, which is in part to the fact that this past semester has been chock full for me (yes, semester- working in education it’s just an easier way to define time). And I’ve also taken on some new projects and extra responsibilities, and truthfully a […]

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