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Review: Miss Shirley’s Café, Baltimore, MD

by TT November 26th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
I was in Baltimore for work recently and had the opportunity to meet several associates for a late morning breakfast.  Not being familiar with the area, I asked for a recommendation.  One member of the team suggested Miss Shirley's, which received cheers of delight from the rest of the group. With such excitement from the locals, I decided to take a sneak peek at the restaurant via their website.  I must say, the menu was both amazing and overwhelmimg.

The service at Miss Shirley's was excellent.  I arrived first and was seated promptly and offered a beverage.  With a cup
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Kale and Onion Polenta Crostini

by TT November 24th, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Before this past Tapas Monday, I had never cooked kale before.  I remember one of my childhood friends complaining about its constant presence at the dinner table thanks to her parents' garden, but it was a veggie I had not been served or had cooked.  Seeing that it's a leafy vegetable, I decided I'd cook it like other greens.  As I learned that evening, kale is a hardier vegetable than spinach or chard.

We purchased purple kale when we were on a regular trip to the farmstand.  Knowing it would not be popular with the kids, my husband suggested we make
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JP’s Spicy Honey Sauce

by TT November 22nd, 2010| Recipes, Simple Solutions
spicy honeyMy husband and I enjoy foods of many varieties and try to share these foods with our children.  Granted, new dishes, such as squash soup, aren't always met with the biggest of smiles.  However, this exposure to new foods tends to open their minds to creativity and expands their palates.  It also encourages them to try their hands at cooking, which we are glad to support.

Two weeks ago our oldest, JP, had some extra time, as he was between football and wrestling seasons.  With a few extra hours in the afternoon, he asked if he could make dinner.  He
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Mexican Black Bean Salad

by TT November 19th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
Black Bean SaladAfter a Sunday afternoon spent shopping for outdoor gear and winter sports attire for two of my children, an easy to make dinner was in store for us.  As we were without my husband due to business travel, the idea of using legumes, his least favorite food item, was high on my list.  Plus, we were having our dear friends, Miss Vicki and OT, join us for dinner, so I wanted something that we all would enjoy but wouldn't keep anyone busy in the kitchen.  Thus, a simple Mexican menu was planned.

I already had decided to make fish tacos,
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Review: Aux Meilleures Crêpes de Paris

by TT November 18th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
Paris crepeAs we spent every day of our Paris vacation exploring the city on foot, it was not surprising that twice during our trip we ate a meal while continuing with our excursion.  Our second day in Paris, we did just that, grabbing lunch at a take-out crêpe stand near our hotel.  As we headed out late morning on this day, we wanted something to eat that wouldn't take any time out of our viewing of Paris.  Luckily, less than a quarter of a mile from our hotel, and in the direction we were headed, were two crêpe stands.  With
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Mini Crockpot

by TT November 16th, 2010| Equipment Reviews
cheddar chenin blanc fondueI am a longtime crockpot user.  In fact, I received my first crockpot as a Christmas gift from my parents when I was in college.  While it tends to be a seasonal kitchen appliance, only coming out during the colder months, it has been quite valuable.  There's nothing quite like the smell of chili or beef stew simmering all day long.  And what could be more fun that a batch of Spiked Mulled Cider on a cold winter afternoon spent with friends?

However, on a Sunday a couple winters ago we were debating what snacks to make for an
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The Best Restaurant in the Southeast Region

by TT November 12th, 2010| Regional Best, Restaurant News
Southeast RegionAfter ten days of voting, the poll for the best restaurant in the Southeast Region closed this afternoon.  With ten wonderful restaurants on the list, it was a difficult decision.  However, loyal patrons and Think Tasty readers submitted their votes, and a winner has been chosen. . .

Moe's Original Bar B Que

Please return to Think Tasty in the coming weeks to learn more about this restaurant and why it is the best restaurant in the Southeast Region.

To view how the nine other restaurants fared, click here
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Chef Aaron Butts

by TT November 10th, 2010| Chef Interviews
Aaron Butts Think Tasty has been traveling across the USA seeking the best restaurants by region.  In October we discovered the Great Lakes Region, and along with it, Joseph Decuis Restaurant in Roanoke, Indiana.  This establishment is not only a restaurant but also a farm, emporium, culinarium, and inn.  With so much to offer and a solid fan base voting for them, we knew we needed to learn more about this restaurant and its chef, Aaron Butts.

Chef Aaron did not attend formal culinary school.  He started cooking in high school, and was excelling so fast he didn’t want
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Brussel Sprout Salad

by TT November 8th, 2010| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
Brussel Sprout SaladWhile my husband and I often bemoan the lack of specialty markets, as we live in a rural setting, we also are grateful for the abundance of local farms.  Unfortunately, many of our local farms close after Halloween, and we are left with nothing but grocery stores for our produce, cheeses, and more.  However, we discovered a farm that is only 30 minutes away is open year round and has a magnificent offering of produce, locally raised meats, cheeses, and other items.

While shopping at this farm this weekend, we were seeking some vegetable to use as the base in
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Review: L’Auberge Saint Roch, Paris

by TT November 5th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
Yes, the location of this restaurant is Paris, as in Paris, France.  As I celebrated a birthday of note this year, I was gifted with a rather large present- a trip to Paris.  So, last month, my husband and I spent five days exploring that city.  This trip occurred amidst the strikes and protests, but what we discovered was a beautiful city that had amazing foods.  Thanks to an engaging man that we met on our first night in Paris, we spent our second night dining at L'Auberge Saint Roch.

Walking from our hotel to the restaurant, we arrived at
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Best Restaurants- Southeast Region

by TT November 2nd, 2010| Regional Best, Restaurant News
Southeast Region restaurantMoving south from the Great Lakes region, Think Tasty now heads to the Southeast region.  Covering Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, we are sharing our top ten picks from the many that were submitted.  For the next ten days, readers will have the opportunity to choose their favorite restaurant.  Voting will end at 5:00 pm EST on Friday, November 12th, and the winner will be announced at that time.

1. Café Largo, Largo, FL
Although
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