“What the hell is fish sauce…and why does it taste like death?” – Monti Carlo, Masterchef Season 3 I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of Thai food. It’s tangy, sweet, funky, coconutty, savory, spicy…all kinds of good things wrapped up into one. One day I decided I should learn how to make Thai food rather than relying on take out from my local place. I started investigating different recipes and ingredients and then called my brother one day while perusing the Thai ingredients in the grocery store. “Hey Matt, what is fish sauce?” Now, what I’m about to do is for your own good, because what my brother told me can’t be forgotten. I’m not going

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  It all started with the desire to write a letter. Unable to find nice stationary at my house without the words “Thank You” emblazoned across the front, I voyaged over to the Paper Source store in the Virginia Highlands. As I discovered there, while note cards are plentiful these days, actual stationary is not.  At least Crane & Co still has a few choices out there, which, while not super exciting, are classic and in good taste. So I acquired my stationary and, noticing that it was quite a lovely evening, decided to take a walk around the area and check out some of the other shops. As it turns out, there’s an Italian Deli almost right next door

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Ah Thanksgiving. Family drama aside, the only thing better than Thanksgiving dinner is Thanksgiving leftovers. Seriously, I live for day after turkey sandwich, topped with cranberry sauce and gravy and, if you’re lucky, some awesome stuffing. So good. However, turkey sandwiches are not exempt from the law of diminishing returns and, eventually, you might get sandwiched out. But don’t worry, that just means you get to think of new and fun things to do with your leftover turkey! Last year I made turkey pot pies, but this year I decided to go for a tetrazzini. Less messing around with dough, more immediate gratification.


Yesterday was the reveal day for my October Foodie Pen Pal  package. As I’ve mentioned before, I like challenging myself to make something from at least one item sent to me and so I decided to use the bagel thins that Marisa, this month’s foodie pen pal, sent me. The package also included a sauce for making chili, but that seemed a little too literal for me. Ergo, back to the bagel thins! One of the things I’ve spied around the internet was this super delicious-looking bowl of pasta piled with breadcrumbs and what looked like parsley. I’ve been kicking around the idea of making it for a while now, so this seemed like the opportune moment. And what a

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