First stop: Chicken and Gnocchi Dumplings

Who loves a weight loss journey???   The answer is simple.  ONLY the people on the outside looking in, at first.  After a little bit, it becomes more fun for the ones that are actually living the journey.  With that being said, my fiancée (here on out known as my King) and I are going…

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My day “job”…

I’ve reached a point in my life to where I am excited to tell people what I do for a living.  I could refer to it as a job, but wasn’t a “job” what we grew up knowing as something that we would have to drag ourselves out of bed for just to keep the…

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Almost Vegan Chocolate “Caramel” Oatmeal Cookies

   Ok ok ok, calm down. Don’t assume that because I have THAT word “Vegan” in the title that I have gone off the deep end.  (Not that if you are Vegan I think that about you…I just love my meats and honey way too much.)  I recently made a new friend that, lo and…

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Gruyere Butternut Soup? Yes, please!

   I do believe that one of the many beauties of food is that we are constantly able to have new experiences by either trying new foods while out or cooking something new. Now, I don’t remember the first time I tried Gruyere, but it was a beautiful moment. It’s the cheese I tell others…

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Today’s the day…

  It’s no April Fools joke…today’s the day the house was sold. It’s been a very emotional ride since Maw-Maw passed. Isn’t it always when someone you love dearly passes? I thought I’d share a few thoughts through photographs I’ve taken these past 15 months… This was the last time I looked through this window…

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Gift Giving – Music and Brownies

This was published in the December 2013 issue of Alamance Magazine.  I want to share it with you now, because it’s never a bad time for gift giving. With love, J ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Gift Giving There’s so much that comes to mind with the term, gift giving. No matter what has crossed my mind to write…

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The Last Kitchen Tip

This was originally supposed to have been published in Alamance Magazine before it ceased publication. However, I’d like to share it with you now. It was meant for their February run, so it’s a little aged. Still the same sentiments of love though. With love, J ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Last Kitchen Tip It’s comforting sitting in…

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Rambling on my way to my 30s and a Cooking Class on 9/5/12!!! Yay!

First, I must apologize for all of the “reflection” posts lately, and lack of recipes. I’ll be back on the recipes shortly, I promise. I’m just in a very pivotal moment it seems in life. By no means is it a bad thing, but it is definitely causing me to think a lot about the…

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Did someone say Dutch Oven??? That’s right! I did!!!

Everyone has that one goal we set our mind to. But dangit if that goal doesn’t seem to push itself further and further away at times. See…I have always wanted a Dutch Oven. Ever since I fell in love with Sunny Anderson on Food Network and watched her use hers time and time again! She…

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Will Cook for Foo: The final entry…Times like these…

FOO FIGHTERS IN TWO DAYS! Sorry, I just had to get that out there in the open. I can’t even begin to describe the excitement waiting to explode Tuesday night. I have been waiting and waiting on them to tour, and they finally came out of an “indefinite hiatus”. Although they haven’t contacted me at…

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The Sara Video Series: Have you eaten at Formatos?

Let me introduce you to Sara. She is four years old. A very tall, cute and smart four year old. She’s the hub’s little sister, and quite frankly may be the smartest of the two (I jest, I jest). *smiles* Youth is knowledge and clarity. You’re not jaded, you haven’t been disappointed in life, you…

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Has it really been ten days???

Wow!  I was reminded today by a loyal fan that I haven’t posted in ten days.  My apologies for the lack of The Onyx Plate in your lives folks.  I must indeed renew my commitment to you.  It’s a balance it seems.  One doesn’t realize what all they have going on in their life until…

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