These days, doing things from scratch seems to take too long. Busy schedules mean less time, and the same goes for time spent in the kitchen. We need to do things faster. We want shortcuts—instant pudding mix, canned soup, pre-shredded cheeses, oh and don’t even get me started on grocery-store rotisserie chickens! I would be…

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Last week marked Fat Tuesday, and this got me to thinking . . . not about beads & booze and a celebration I never celebrate, but of many past visits to New Orleans, and some of my favorite cajun cuisine. For many Southern dishes there is no shame in busting-out the deep fryer. There’s a time…

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Today is unseasonably warm on the West Coast—80 plus degrees—not your typical sweater weather conditions. If you happen to be in the Northeast right now, attempting to put on a second pair of gloves so you can shovel enough snow to get to your front door, I’m going to apologize for this seeming braggadocios in advance. Today…

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Snacking isn’t for the faint of heart . . . well not in my family. Gatherings consist of a holiday-worthy spread, even if it’s just your average Sunday. Having recently returned from the Southern U.S. over the holidays, I’ve been missing the many delicious appetizers we serve. There is one dish I fancy that we don’t have…

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It seems like just yesterday I fell asleep anticipating December’s arrival. In a blink, I woke up and Christmas is only a day away! I’m not certain how the season arrived so quickly, but now begin the festivities as we say farewell to the year. The holidays are a special time for me, as I travel…

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Thank you for visiting the dinnervine! In the words of Julia Child, "People who love to eat, are always the best people," and I couldn't agree more. I hope you enjoy these dishes as much as I did making them. Here's to creating new recipes and memories with friends & family, cheers! 

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