• March 17
    10 Reasons to Love London
    I could easily list 100 reasons to love London.  As a food-obsessed human who adores history and books, flowers and parks - and the ability to walk everywhere, there are few places I would rather spend my time.  Several...
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  • March 10
    Beef Short Rib Ragù
    I'm all about winter comfort food.  I especially love Sunday dinners that I can put in the oven early in the morning, and cook low and slow all day long, flavors magically blending, until the meat is falling off...
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  • March 7
    Rhubarb and Blood Orange Compote
    Mixed in among the pictures of darling babies and random cat videos, Kim Severson's New York Times article, Starve a Landfill, was all over my Facebook feed this week - for good reason. It reminded me that we live in a...
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  • March 6
    Moroccan Spiced Roasted Carrot, Red Pepper and Tomato Soup with Spiced Chickpeas
    Snowed in.  Again.  Yesterday, I accomplished precious little, other that spending hours lost in a stack of great books and cookbooks... one of the joys being unexpectedly house-bound.  Somehow, I had never read Lois Lowry's The Giver, a gorgeous, deeply...
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  • March 3
    Cheddar, Port Wine and Walnut Dip
    It's been a rocky few days in the kitchen of House Morell.  Lots of sub-freezing temps and snow days and ice days. Frozen pipes (no water for days), then burst pipes (water, water everywhere), then no water again (until...
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  • February 20
    Ginger Sticky Toffee Pudding
      It began with a simple question:  "Hey Mom, have you ever put together a list of your favorite children's books?"  As a matter of fact, I hadn't... which seems odd, because I have been obsessed with children's books since I...
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  • February 17
    Chocolate Speculoos Ice Cream Cake
    For the second part of my Belgian Feast, I offer you this Belgian-inspired ice cream cake.  I'm currently crushing on ice cream cakes in every possible form.  Have you ever experienced the joy of a Shake Shack Concrete?  To...
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  • February 17
    Beef Carbonnade
    When I think of Belgian food, happy images of chocolate, beer, waffles and frites start dancing in my head.   And then, my thoughts meander to the seriously excellent food at one of our favorite local restaurants - Et Voilà....
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