we go together like …

I’m never one to turn down a good deal. And that includes food. You’ve already seen the photo, so you know where this is going. Scallops. Honestly, I cannot resist. I love scallops, and I don’t even live near an ocean so I’ve only had fresh ones a couple of times. Still, they beckon me. […]

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caught up in the cauliflower craze

There’s no denying: Cauliflower is having its moment. Cauliflower rice. Cauliflower grits. Cauliflower steak. Fried cauliflower. Mashed cauliflower. Roasted cauliflower. For many, it’s a low-carb substitute. Me, I just love its versatility; that it’s healthier is a bonus. Cauliflower can be “meaty” substitution to a protein, a flavorful side, or a replacement for certain starches […]

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churn, churn, churn — not!

  Ask almost any of my family or friends about their favorite dessert and they’ll cite ice cream as the top contender. Not me, though. I’ve always gone for brownies or cake first. But lately — and I am convinced it’s undue influence of my sister and niece — I’ve been craving ice cream. In fact, I’ve […]

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bowled over

Never go shopping with an 8-year-old. Despite being warned that we planned only to buy items for her class’ Valentine’s Day party, my niece immediately began identifying one thing after another she hoped my sister would add to our Hobby Lobby basket. But I’m to blame for the brownie bowls. As we wandered the store, a […]

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twelve angry shrimp

Sink your teeth into these chimichurri shrimp tacos and you’ll taste flavors somewhat sweet and sour yet bright and herbaceous. With a bit of cilantro, radish and spring greens, I created layers that burst with lemon, pepper and bitterness, respectively. For texture, a fried shallot offered a note of savory, yet sweet crispiness, and a […]

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from Korea, with love

I’m sure you’re not surprised that I spend a lot of time cooking at home. I do write a food blog, after all. But it hasn’t always been that way. Like most people, I cycle through periods when my work-life balance skewed more toward the former and I feel too busy or tired to prepare […]

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lbt: behind the name

As I sat on the couch the other night, editing photos my sister Sam and I took for the LBT blog logo, she asked, “Why larrisa bacon tomato?” She’s not the first to ask. Some people noticed the connection to the much-beloved BLT and wondered why I didn’t follow the initials for a name like […]

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the permanence of print

A couple of weeks ago, the Huffington Post published an article about why you should still buy cookbooks. The piece examines the evolution of cookbooks in the digital age, in which many home cooks have turned to blogs and websites like mine for recipes. After all, they’re convenient and free. So why should you invest in a cookbook? HuffPost […]

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the king of custards

As I mentioned in my last post, my sister Sam encouraged me to get back in the food blog game. In honor of her, I thought I would share the recipe for one of her favorite desserts — creme brûlée. If you’ve had a creme brûlée before, you likely ordered it at a restaurant. That’s often […]

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i’m back!

It’s been nearly two years since I last posted, but at the encouragement of my sister, I shall once again share some of my recent culinary experiments. Since I haven’t posted in awhile and my ability to cook whatever I want is limited right now, I thought I might revive some of my past exploits […]

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stop. butter time

Well, after my final foraging expedition, I am ready to admit I don’t know much more about plants now then I did a month ago. For example, I figured I’d take my friend, Kira, with me to a prairie I had heard about. It’s a nature preserve, so the land has been untouched. I didn’t quite […]

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may flowers into cupcakes

Last month, there really was nothing better than “May flowers.” I knew going into what I called my “foraging month” that I had to make a dessert. I’d always wanted to candy flowers, and with spring’s arrival, it was the perfect time to harvest some violets for a batch of cupcakes. Violets seemed the logical choice. […]

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dandelion on my mind

I’ll admit, I am not so good at this foraging thing. Two weeks in, and I’ve been able to find only common plants I already knew were edible. While I am more than happy to write about them, since I haven’t used them in a recipe before, I was hoping to find something a little […]

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say hello to my little friend — the wild leek

I struggled to choose a theme for my culinary adventures last month. Too busy and too little inspiration. But inspiration came easily this month. April may have rained on my parade, but May flowers will save it. In spirit of that popular saying, I intend to spend my weekends foraging for my food. I recently attended […]

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goodbye pie

I hate goodbyes. You can’t avoid them. Having moved more times than I can remember, I’ve certainly said my share. And in a business in which high turnover is not uncommon, I’ve been to many farewell parties and made many desserts, sending my co-workers off on a sweet note. Call it goodbye pie. I’ve written […]

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