Kipos, Chapel Hill

We pretty much look for any excuse to watch Davidson Men’s Basketball. We live about 8 miles from the college but love the opportunity to travel to see the team play. Lucky for us, they took us to Chapel Hill shortly before the New Year. We arrived the night before the game for a family […]

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Haymaker Charlotte

The holidays are a whirlwind. So much so that I forget to take pictures to post what I’ve been cooking since being home in Cornelius. Seriously, I made a beautiful potato gratin that was sure to take years off of your life and I managed to forget to take a picture or two. Probably divine […]

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Le Calabash Petit Conservatoire de la Cuisine

An internship is required for every culinary school student at Johnson & Wales University. I got to complete my internship in the Loire Valley of France, about 2 hours by train, southwest of Paris. It’s as dreamy and French out there as it sounds. Let me paint a picture. Surrounded by sunflower fields, lie two […]

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Caramelizing Onions

Caramelized onions are a thing to be marveled. They are sweet and complex and made with the patience of your sweet dear grandmother. Here’s the how-to and if you’re interested, I’ll explain what caramelizing is and you choose if you’d like to keep reading or not. LOW AND SLOW Y’ALL Take one white onion, 1ish […]

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Mise en Place

It’s no secret that my French is embarrassing. Between my lacking vocabulary and my harsh Southern-American accent on their delicate French words, it’s pretty painful to listen to. Three French words that every chef, professional or home, should have in the forefront of their mind: Mise en place. (Meez en pl-ahse). It translates roughly as […]

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