Ah-Vo-Ca-Do! Worth A Chorus Of Its Own...

May 27, 2011 by

I hope I have just implanted the word Avocado as a worm in your brain with the Hallelujah chorus playing beneath it. And I hope you already know that avocados are among the most versatile of fruits which we tend to relegate to only a few recipes.  As in Guacamole, which I won’t bother revisiting. But they offer more than that wonderful mixture and take to many more flavors than Mexican. And, as the Avocado growers and others have been telling us for years, they are good for us. Very good. A quick Internet search will reveal claims that they might help prevent or inhibit the growth of a variety of cancers, lower your cholesterol, improve your eyesight and keep your heart healthy. The oil is good for our skin and brains and the...

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In Atlanta: The Old Hickory House...

May 27, 2011 by

At Old Hickory House the barbecue is so hickory infused it gets into your fabric, literally. I know that it might sound strange that a Eurogirl from France and Italy would have a passion for barbecue but in Italy smoked and cured meats are a staple in most Italian ‘special’ dinners. It is served in small portions as antipasti along with pickled vegetables and cheeses. What the French call charcuterie, (i.e.; salami, sausage, terrines, pâtés). In America it can range from a great hot dog to awesome barbecue! At Old Hickory House, a southeast based barbecue chain, they focus on hickory smoked barbecue and when I say Hickory, I mean Hickory. While a chain, this place had a very friendly staff but busy, so if you go at lunchtime make sure you order quickly...

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New Twist on Cobb Salad

May 27, 2011 by

The weather in Baltimore has been really crummy lately.  Between bouts of intense thunderstorms we’ve had the 3 H’s– hazy, hot and humid.  The saving grace is that our backyard comes equipped with a pool and hot tub. So on a perfect Sunday evening I decided to host an impromptu dinner and swim session for some friends.  But what to make to beat the heat?  I found the perfect hot weather salad that works just as well for dinner as it does for a picnic.  So thanks to Maureen Callahan and the May 2011 issue of Cooking Light, you too can impress your friends and delight your stomach all at the same time. Here is what you need to create a wonderful Memorial Day treat.   INGREDIENTS: 4 slices center-cut bacon (I used microwave...

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