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Hot Dog Chili Sauce with Black Beans

In West Virginia, we take hot dog toppings very seriously.  There are many great places in the state to buy deliciously topped hot dogs. What you say when ordering one of those toppings is dependent on where you are in the state.  There is a demarcation line that lies somewhere between the cities Parkersburg and […]

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Lemony White Bean Dip

A delicious, healthy, and versatile dip that does not depend on being kept cold or hot is a summer party or picnic dream.  Lemony White Bean Dip fits right into that dream.  While it would be good any time of the year, the brightness of lemon combined with the light freshness of parsley is  great […]

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Champy’s Chicken on MLK

Champy’s Chicken on MLK in Chattanooga is a restaurant known for, you guessed it, its Fried Chicken.  Despite rave reviews from friends, I never ate at Champy’s until about a year ago.  By the time I finally tried Champy’s it already had multiple locations including a couple in Alabama and one in Georgia. It is now […]

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Fresh Vegetable Pizza

I can’t remember many gatherings in the early 1990’s where someone didn’t bring or make a fresh vegetable pizza as an appetizer or finger food.  They were even available to purchase already made in my local grocery store.  I also can’t believe that my husband claims to never have heard of it.  Thus, I had […]

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Vegetable Egg Rolls

The first time I ever had homemade egg or spring rolls was as a teen when my older sister was home for a visit and made them…despite my father’s aversion to trying new food.  At that time I was a picky eater, literally.  Although I would try almost any food, I would pick through everything […]

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West Wing Cafe III in Washington, D.C.

I have been open about how little I thought of the food scene in Washington, D.C. especially in the early 1980’s.  Nothing brought home how much things had changed than my last trip to D.C. when I stayed at the same hotel as I did in 1984 on my first trip to D.C.  Then, I […]

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Oxtail Soup or Stew

My paternal grandmother used to make oxtail soup.  When I was 6 or 7 years old I remember thinking that her “oxtail soup”  must be just another name for beef  vegetable soup because no one had oxen anymore.  Afterall, I had seen old pictures of my maternal grandfather with his oxen pulling trees that had been […]

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Chicken with Blueberry Sauce, Version 1

One of my daughter’s favorite foods is al fresco’s Wild Blueberry Chicken Sausage.  We first discovered it in a local grocery store and purchased it regularly until they stopped carrying that  flavor. The company’s website indicated that they no longer sell the wild blueberry flavor in our area or even our region of the United […]

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Sweet Hut Bakery and Cafe

Have you ever been so far behind you thought you were ahead?  Well, that is the best description of me right now.  I am so far behind on blog posts that I am embarrassed.  However, I am going to do my best to get caught up..starting in the Atlanta area (a few months ago). One […]

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Steamed Baby Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce

My husband picked up a bag of baby bok choy when we were at an international “farmer’s” market the other day.  He told me he would really like some steamed bok choy with “some kind of sauce” like he ate for breakfast when he was in Wuhan, China several years ago.  While I am happy […]

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