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Apple Skins

by TT November 30th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes
The season of eating has descended.  For us, it started on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which is when we held our big family celebration.  We had a dinner filled with many of the usual dishes: roast turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and cranberry sauce.  After several days of using the leftovers in various creative ways, we knew we would not be in the mood for more turkey on the actual holiday.

With only two of our four children with us for Thanksgiving Day, we decided to try something different and created our own Iron Chef competition.  The details were simple: each
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Introducing Ask the Chef

by TT November 28th, 2011| Ask the Chef
I was reflecting on Think Tasty recently and realized that it has seen a great amount of change.  Starting as an outlet for my creativity under the name of Tasty Thoughts, it has since grown to be one of the top ten Wasabi Media Group properties, publishing several articles each week.  Those articles have grown to include chef interviews and restaurant highlights.

I enjoy sharing my own recipe creations, but I recognize that I am not a chef.  Any skills that I have in the kitchen are self-taught and may not be the proper method.  To fill the void,
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Thanksgiving Hash

by TT November 24th, 2011| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
For most Americans, today you aren't contemplating what to do with leftovers.  Rather you are busily preparing all of the ingredients for the fine meal that you will enjoy later today.  At my house, however, Thanksgiving has come and gone.  To simplify the logistics of assembling on the actual holiday, we celebrated last Saturday.

The beauty of celebrating Thanksgiving early was that we had a day where no one needed to rush to another house for the dessert course or were thinking about getting up early the next day for Black Friday shopping.  Instead it was a day to enjoy food,
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Thanksgiving Desserts- Part 2

by TT November 22nd, 2011| Desserts, Recipes
There are only two days until Thanksgiving, which means that many people have solidified their menus already.  Of course, with the shortened work week, you also may be sitting at your desk wondering how to while away the hours until the four (or five) day weekend begins.  So, with that thought in mind, I figured offering two more dessert recipes would be a good way to encourage some creative thinking at work.

Today's recipes feature pumpkin cobbler and apple upside down cake.  A little spontaneity never hurt, why not change your dessert menu now?


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Thanksgiving Desserts- Part 1

by TT November 21st, 2011| Desserts, Recipes
After eating a large and filling dinner, who has room for dessert?  On Thanksgiving, the answers seems to be, "Everyone!"

While the answer may be unanimous, the dessert of choice varies from person to person.  If you have a Thanksgiving similar to the ones I know, there are multiple dessert options on the table.  While the classic pumpkin pie is certain to adorn many a dessert buffet, this could be the year to try pumpkin in a different format, or you could keep the pie but add a new dessert to the selection.

Today we are featuring two desserts that highlight pumpkin,
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Thanksgiving Turkey

by TT November 17th, 2011| Main Dishes, Recipes
Almost every Thanksgiving dinner centers around the turkey.  Sure, there are exceptions, such as our vegetarian daughter who will be enjoying a fine black bean cake instead, but the majority of homes prepare turkey as the highlight of the meal.  If you are one of the many who is preparing turkey, there still is room for creativity.  The use of herbs and marinades can add a little flair to your dinner.

Each of the turkey recipes I am sharing has its own unique flavor.  One has a delectable combination of balsamic and apples; the other has a delicious maple brine and
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Thanksgiving Veggies

by TT November 16th, 2011| Recipes, Side Dishes
Every family has their traditional side dishes.  As a child, my mom always made the classic green bake, complete with cream of mushroom soup and french fried onions.  It was guaranteed that you would find a baking dish of it somewhere amongst all the other dinner items.

While there is nothing wrong with continuing traditions, it also is nice to infuse some creativity into the meal.  To help with this I am sharing two different vegetable dishes from talented chefs.  Both include classic Thanksgiving ingredients, winter squash and pumpkins, and should receive rave reviews.  Why not give one a try?

Pumpkin
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Roasted Garbanzo Beans

by TT November 15th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes
Last Friday night was one of those rare instances where dinner is just one of the kids and me.  On this particular evening, it was our 15 year old son who was home with me.  After a busy day at the office for me and an afternoon of hanging out with a friend, dinner was going to be a simple meal.  We chose to make sandwiches (roast beef sub for him; apple and cheddar wrap for me), and I decided to make a healthy side to go with the sandwiches.

Yes, I know that a 15 year old boy would prefer
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Thanksgiving Stuffing- Part 2

by TT November 11th, 2011| Recipes, Side Dishes
Earlier this week, I shared two different stuffing recipes: one that has a base of focaccia and one with a base of wild rice.  Unique and flavored with their own set of ingredients, they are sure to please.  Today, I have two more stuffing recipes, but these have a common theme:  cornbread.  However, neither of these recipes are plain old cornbread stuffings.  One recipe has an assortment of wild mushrooms and hazelnuts, while the other stuffing has foie gras, morels, and figs.

With these four fabulous stuffing recipes from which to choose, it makes planning the Thanksgiving menu a
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Sweet Potato Latkes

by TT November 9th, 2011| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
Spending four days last week without power was an interesting experience, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been.  Although we didn't have power or hot water, we had access to many conveniences.  We were able to cook on our stovetop, as we have a gas stove.  We were able to recharge our laptops for brief periods, as we purchased a car-based charger.  We had heat, as we had turned our fireplace on before the power went out.  However, we were without hot water, and we only had a fully lit house during daylight hours.

While I didn't enjoy
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Thanksgiving Stuffing- Part 1

by TT November 8th, 2011| Recipes, Side Dishes
As regular readers know, I am not a chef.  However, I have a great passion for working in the kitchen, trying new recipes, and playing with food.  Therefore, almost every recipe I post is one that I have created.  The other recipes that I post are classics from family and friends, which I use regularly in my own cooking.

For the next three weeks, I am going to do something different.  Each week I will be highlighting Thanksgiving recipes from over a dozen chefs.  While I have my own recipes for family classics, it seemed even better to offer a
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Charleston, Baltimore, MD

by TT November 4th, 2011| Restaurant Reviews
During a summer trip to Baltimore, my husband and I spent one evening strolling the Inner Harbor.  With a simple plan of walking and occasionally stopping for a cocktail and a snack, we found many enjoyable restaurants.  Our last stop of the night was at Charleston.  Upon entering, the restaurant emanated a luxurious atmosphere.  We enjoyed an hour or so in their lounge, speaking with our waitress and sampling a dish.  We knew that we would need to return for a full evening of dining.

Two weeks ago we had the good fortune to travel to Baltimore on business and
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