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What I Made from the Downtown Cary Farmers Market

Cary, NC – Fall is one of my favorite times of year to hit the Downtown Cary Farmers Market on Saturday. It’s fun to let the market guide what I make that weekend. This past weekend I was craving Thai food, and as always, the market provided me with plenty of inspiration to make the laziest, tastiest Coconut Eggplant Soup over Jasmine Rice. Yum! Read more

Homemade Ice Cream- No Cranking Required

Cary, NC – I’ve always wanted to make my own ice cream. I admit ice cream is my absolute, number one favorite dessert. I’m the birthday girl that prefers a Carvel ice cream cake to anything with buttercream icing. So when I heard that it was possible to make my own homemade ice cream that doesn’t require a machine and a gallon of rock salt, I was all over that idea.

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Recipe: Shrimp Tacos with Homemade Guacamole and Pico de Gallo

Cary, NC – Ever since our kids flew the coop, my husband and I have been enjoying making food that we like and eating at all kinds of crazy hours, many times as late as 9 PM. One of our recent late-night summer meals was a dinner of Shrimp Tacos with homemade guacamole and pico de gallo. Fresh and spicy and perfect for our overheated summer here in Cary, NC.

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Recipe: It’s Time to Make Pesto

Cary, NC – Right about now, if you have a garden, or a raised bed, or even a pot that contains basil, you are ready to harvest. And that means it’s time to make pesto!

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Recipe: Mocha Biscotti with Nuts and Espresso Drizzle

Cary, NC – The coffee craze has hit the South with so many Northerners and Pacific Coasters joining our towns. And who doesn’t love a little something sweet to go with an excellent pour-over or Cappucino? Here’s an easy recipe for biscotti that we made recently; simple ingredients and cooking methods, and you don’t have to be from Italy to make them. Read more

Key Lime Cheesecake, In Time For Spring

Cary, NC – Who loves cheesecake? We do, and our good friend Jane made this one for a St Patrick’s Day dinner, but really it’s great for Spring or Summer. The fresh zing of lime coupled with creamy cheesecake is a great combination. And being Italian and from New York, we just know she knows her way around a good cheesecake recipe. This one won’t disappoint and she swears it’s easy to make. Read more

Peppermint Bark Makes a Great Holiday Gift

Cary, NC – If you are like me, there are many people on your gift list. You need something small for impromptu gatherings, a client visit or a hostess gift. Homemade peppermint bark is easy to make and looks great in a pretty holiday tin or gift bag. Read more

Recipes: Ideas for Holiday Cocktails This Season

Cary, NC – The holidays hopefully mean getting to spend more time with friends and family, which can include a social drink. Instead of your typical glass of wine or bottle of beer, try mixing things up this year with our ideas for holiday cocktails. Read more

Cary Student Wins Two Cooking Competitions at 2018 State Fair

Cary, NC – Back in 2017, we reported on Cary student Grace Brescia who won first place in King Arthur Flour Baking Contest at the NC State Fair. This year, not only did Brescia win first place in the content’s youth division again but she also took home the blue ribbon in the Great American SPAM Championship. Read more

Recipe: Dublin Coddle

Cary, NC – With St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday, now is a good time to learn how to make some traditional Irish dishes. Here is a recipe for Dublin Coddle, which is easy to make while still being bold and flavorful. Read more