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I’ve been to France, and have to say I enjoyed much of the country & cuisine there. To be honest, I fell hardest for the most stereotypical dish one could think of—a savory bowl of French onion soup. Maybe the soup was my favorite because this was my first time ordering it (better late than…

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Sometimes you just have to go BIG, and recently at a family party this proved true with the menu. When ordering the food (over-ordering the food), it was somehow miscalculated that everyone in attendance might need a metric ton of shrimp cocktail. Luckily for all involved, there was an abundance of fresh shrimp remaining, and…

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As luck would have it, today is Saint Patrick’s Day! Though I live in the US—to honor my Irish roots—I always look forward to a small salute to the Emerald Isle! Years past, I’ve opened the Guinness and made decadent Guinness Brownies, hearty Guinness Beef Stew, and when the Guinness was no longer, a nice twist…

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Thanksgiving weekend is drawing to a close, but the same isn’t true for my Ziplocks full of turkey-day leftovers. Apparently 200 lbs of cornbread stuffing was about 199 lbs too many—I may have miscalculated—but I can’t bear to toss any of the remaining goodness, not yet! It happens to be my favorite part of the…

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What is your favorite part of the day? For me it can vary, but dinner is usually involved somehow. A meal seems so inconsequential, but to create a dish and turn it into a social occasion—there’s nothing better this time of year. I feel summer meals should be fresh & light (but not light on…

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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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