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My favorite photos of 2017: strawberry chia jam, corn and crawfish pie, red beans and rice, low country boil, sweet peppers, blueberry merk’s coffee cake, pesto three ways, Florida cranberry (hibiscus).

Change is necessary. Change is inevitable. Change is scary

The discussion of change almost seems a contradiction: how can something so normal and ever-present bring about such anxiety and stress? Change means evolving: evolving into something different–and hopefully–something better. Many look to a new year as a time of welcome changes: a new diet, a new fitness routine, maybe even a new relationship. For me, change comes in the form of a new job. After 9 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I’m going back to work. I’ve kept my toes wet in the nursing pool for the past 5 years, so I’m not completely rusty; but nevertheless, I am both excited and anxious at the thought of re-starting this chapter of my life. My biggest challenge will be finding a new kind of balance; one that coexists with a full time job.

Another transition has slowly been taking place over the past year: I have altered my diet to include meat and fish again. I was a vegetarian for six years and for much of that time, I felt better than I ever had. But gradually over the past year and a half, I haven’t felt the same: I’ve almost felt…imbalanced. I started gradually adding back those things I omitted all those years ago and started to notice differences: subtle at first, and then quite obvious. Not much else has changed–except now I like a little meat on the side of my veggies…

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Want one last summer hurrah? Treat yourselves and your guests to a Low Country Boil. Shrimp, potatoes, corn and sausage cooked in a savory broth and served up on newspaper–made to eat with your hands. Click here for my latest creation for the St. Petersburg Foodies website.

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Crawfish, sweet corn, leeks, and a savory sauce are tucked into a buttery crust: Corn and Crawfish Pie is our new favorite comfort food.

My eight year-old son has quite the refined palate. So, when a city-wide search for crawfish pie in New Orleans left us empty-handed, I knew I had to start experimenting in the kitchen. This Corn and Crawfish Pie is the perfect combination of buttery crawfish tails, veggies and a New Orleans-style sauce hiding under a flaky pie crust.

For the full story and recipe, check out the St. Petersburg Foodies website here.

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Leek Onion Beer Cheese Soup topped with marble rye croutons…

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and for most that means corned beef, cabbage and beer. When I first went vegetarian, I was really missing that corned beef, so I had to think of something rich and hearty that would ease the craving. By the next year, this Leek Onion Beer Cheese Soup was what I served up instead.

Read all about it and get the recipe on the St. Petersburg Foodies website here.

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On our recent trip to New Orleans, we discovered the locals’ weekly Monday tradition of Red Beans and Rice. My version is a nicely spiced, hearty bowl of beans, sausage and just enough rice on the side to round it all out.

My latest post for the St. Petersburg Foodies website has all the details on the history behind the tradition and how you can make this dish at home; to read more, click here.

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Posole verde with pickled jalepenos and avocado…

Sitting down with a mug of this tomatillo and cilantro posole takes me back to a wintry Santa Fe. The flavors are bright and the stew is comforting no matter what time of year you choose to make it.

If you are new to tomatillos, never fear; all you need to know about them and this dish is on the St. Petersburg Foodie website here.

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Sweet persimmon and spices cooked down to a spreadable butter…

If you’ve been curious about persimmons but have no idea what to do with them, try this simple recipe for persimmon butter. This butter elevates just about anything you spread it on.

For the recipe and the story behind my inspiration, you can find it here on the St. Petersburg Foodie website.

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Homemade chana masala; a spicy tomato chickpea dish.

Seventeen years ago–on our second date–my husband introduced me to Indian food. It was quite a memorable bite; chana masala is now a regular on the menu at our house. Don’t let those complex spices fool you; it’s incredibly easy to make at home!

You can find the post and recipe on the St. Petersburg Foodies website here.

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Gnocchi made from ricotta cheese…

Ricotta gnocchi takes me back to my first San Francisco trip with my husband. Topping it off with brown butter is a bonus…

You can find the post and recipe on the St. Petersburg Foodies website here.

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An updated fall version of the traditional Magic Bars…

There’s nothing more addictive than Magic Bars. I’ve updated them for fall with a pumpkin version. You can find the post and recipe on the St. Petersburg Foodie website here.

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