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birthday dinner

Hey guys….I’m in Outerbanks with my family, but realize I have a big back-log on posts. So I’ll give you a quick catch-up. Last weekend was Perry’s birthday. And I had been wanting to take him to Woodberry Kitchen for a while. Here are some pictures from our visit (backwards from desert to the bread).

I can’t even begin to tell you how fresh everything was- we’ll be going back soon 🙂

See you soon… from the beach

– Jess


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beach weekend

I spent the long 4th of July weekend in Ocean City, MD. One of my favorite places to relax in OC is Northside Park around 127th street.

At the park: A humble picnic of wine, chocolate, bread and cheese. Tobie being nosey.

The boardwalk in Rehoboth (about 40min from OC) is another favorite of mine. I shopped at the boardwalk and then stopped at Dogfish Brewpub for dinner and drinks.

I buy Dogfishhead beer often at my local beer store. So, I already knew what to expect when ordering their beer sampler.  The 60 Min IPA  tops the others with its refreshing, citrus flavor…in my opinion 🙂

I ordered a side of green beans. This $1 deal looked teeny on the plate.

The Dogpile- Pitas with spinach artichoke dip, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and green onions. The name was very fitting for this tasty mess!

Do you have a favorite spot to visit on vacation?


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brocoli slaw

I made a simple salad yesterday with brocoli slaw. The ingredients are as follows:

Brocoli Slaw (prepackaged)


Candied Pecans

1 apple

Trader Joe’s Champagne Pear Dressing w/ Gorgonzola

Perry ACTUALLY  liked this salad. And he’s hard to please with salads. I’m guessing the real winner was the candied pecans. I’ll take the success!

I’m baking chocolate chip cookies tonight to bring to the beach this weekend. Does anyone have a great recipe?

– jess

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poor piggy

Something happened earlier today.

I was very groggy on the way to work, so I thought I would treat myself to a Dunkin Donuts breakfast. P.S. I am not a Dunkin Donuts fan, so I am not sure why I did this.

I ordered the veggie flatbread and a coffee.

I get to work and the lights are still off. Sitting in the dark at my desk, I start on my flatbread. About 3/4 of the way through, I realize it has an odd taste. So I walk my flatbread over to the window to get a better look.

TERROR. This was not a veggie flatbread, but a sausage flatbread.

Is the late Jimmy Dean trying to tell me something?

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summer salads

The warm weather has me experimenting with salads. My goal is usually to create a salad with rainbow of colors and high in protein.

Last night’s salad consisted of:

2 carrots chopped

handful of spinach

1 can garbanzo beans (rinsed of the canned bean slimy juice)

1 ear of corn- sliced off the cob of course

1 tomato diced

1/2 of a can of Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Green Chilies

Dressing- 1/2 olive oil, 1/4 lemon juice, 1/4 white vinegar, salt and pepper

I was content with the end result. The green chilis were mildly spicy, so I added a bit of hot sauce to my own bowl for more of a kick.

Iced tea was the perfect match with my salad. I love my new find, Tejava, from Trader Joes. I like it as is (unsweetened) or with some fresh lemon or mint. So refreshing!

Does anyone have a salad recipe to share?


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beer and cheese

My Dad gifted Perry and I a mini keg of Newcastle that I suppose my Mom would not let him keep in the fridge. 

While strolling the aisles of Trader Joes, I came upon the Swiss Beer Fondue and thought it would be an appropriate match with the Newcastle. Plus, I had given Perry a mini fondue pot in his stocking for Christmas and thought it was about time to give it a try.

I cut up carrots, apples and some whole grain bread to dip.

The fondue tasted pretty good- almost close to “from scratch”…almost.

I also made a quick refreshing salad of

grapefruit, strawberries, carrots, edamame and spinach

and for the dressing I mixed

2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon honey and salt & fresh ground pepper (yes, I measured this time!)

Does anyone have a fondue recipe to share?



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pasta love

I really wish that I could control my love for pasta. I am in such a comfort zone, when I cook and eat pasta. It’s my go-to dinner.

Let’s start with the side-salad that I made to pair with my pasta dinner last night. I pulled a “let’s see what is in the fridge” with this creation. I found:

salad greens    carrots    beets    strawberries    sundried tomatoes   Trader Joe’s corn salsa

I mixed the randomness above and topped with extra virgin olive oil and white balsamic dressing. Surprisingly tasty I must say.

For the pasta, I sautéed mushrooms, peas and sun-dried tomatoes in 1/4 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoons of vegetable oil (add more or less to taste). I didn’t add garlic, but feel free to saute a couple of cloves before adding the vegetables. While cooking, I added some water from my boiling whole wheat pasta to the vegetables to keep them from drying out.

Once the vegetables were almost finished, I threw in some fresh herbs (parsley and basil on hand) and salt/pepper to taste. Then turned off the heat and added about 1/2 cup of part-skim ricotta cheese and al dente whole wheat linguine. I might try marscapone instead of the ricotta next time for a creamier sauce.

Side note: Is it OK to cook an entire box of pasta for 2 people? Perry has been a bit bitter lately about my larger than life portions. I guess he thinks I’m trying to fatten him up for bathing suit season.

– jess

What’s your favorite pasta dish?

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