Slow Cooker Indian Comfort Food

tikka masala

We all know that I am in love with Indian food.

Have you tried it out yet? If not, get yourself to the nearest Indian buffet and get some warm naan, creamy tikka masala and chana masala.

If you can’t do that (or you would like to save some money), just make some amazing Indian food for yourself.

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Can we please start combining food names like we do with dog breeds?

I know, random thought, but wouldn’t that be fun?

If you didn’t know, I’m a word nerd through and through. That means I love corny pun-related jokes, and I’m always thinking of fun word combinations.

I also have puppy fever pretty badly right now, so this is a brain child of those two things.

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Fall Mix

fall mix playlist

Good morning to you all!

I can’t wait to get out in that crisp air and bright sun! Can you? Ok, so maybe I’m fine with sitting in my flannel jammies a bit longer.

I’ve been seeing bloggers around sharing mixes (a sort of digital mix tape, if you will), and I just love the idea.

So, here’s a special Fall Mix that I’ve created for you, friend. It’s got a lot of pep (and electronica) and hopefully will help you make the most and get moving on this beautiful Saturday.

Let me know how you like it.

-DJ Grace, signing off

Serious Soup

Chicken wild rice soup

We’re making it through this week, guys. We really are.

Even though the weather is a weird in between summer and fall, too hot for leggings and boots, too cold for skirts, we’re making it through.

We’re enjoying the leaves changing at their own pace, drinking Trader Joe’s samples of apple cider and eating local apples like they’re going out of style.

Chicken wild rice soup

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A Food Tour of the North Carolina State Fair

nc state fair

This past weekend, I was introduced to a true piece of Americana in my new home of Raleigh, and that was the NC State Fair.

I grew up going to our little Garland County Fair in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I have fond memories of watching mutton’ bustin’, eating kettle corn and looking through the little cages of bunnies and chicks.

Honestly, I didn’t know if we were ever going to make it to the NC State Fair because of all the traffic (and this was early afternoon on Saturday), but we did and there was so much to explore inside.

I loved seeing all of the signs, colors, sights and pieces of North Carolina around every corner. I was also surprised by how many tasty treats there were, and, no, I’m not even talking about the deep fried kind.

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Simple Saturday: Egg-cellent Ideas


Good Saturday morning out there!

I have a feeling it’s going to be a crisp, beautiful day. And I’m going to the NC State Fair later on, so that should be interesting. I’ll report back on the fried foods that I sample.

In the mean time, I thought this would be a good time as any to talk about a very important ingredient in all of our fridges: eggs.

Do you like eggs?

Eggs are one staple that I always have on hand, whether I’m baking or just doing some egg in the holes for dinner. Eggs can always be really great or really not.

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The Pumpkin Party Starts Here

coconut oil pumpkin bread

We all know it. We’ve all seen it.

Pumpkin is all over the grocery store/everywhere…and I LOVE it!

Living near Trader Joe’s has amped up my love of pumpkin things to a whole new level: pumpkin cornbread, pumpkin soup. I can’t get enough.

I’m all about the more traditional recipes for which you keep pumpkin puree on hand (btw: I love TJ’s organic version). You know, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, etc.

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N.C. One Bite at a Time (Part 7)

Well, hello out there.

Are we ready to jump into this new week? Well, whether we are or not, let’s take a few minutes to explore some of the fun things that have been going on in the past two months.

Boulted Bread

Boulted Bread

Boulted Bread, the beloved artisan loaves that are served at many restaurants in Raleigh, finally has a shop that’s open and serving some amazing pastries and breads. I’ll let you in on a little secret: These croissants are the best!

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A Birthday Dessert Tour in Raleigh

Raleigh Dessert Tour

First of all, thanks to everyone who participated and commented on my special Made in NC post this week. I just loved reading about all of the local businesses from cities across the states that you love.

And so the blog birthday week continues. In honor of think fruitful turning the big 3, I decided we could all celebrate by taking a virtual dessert tour of Raleigh.

Let’s all indulge in a piece of pie with freshly whipped cream or pair a hot cocoa with a $3 cookie (that’s totally worth it) and celebrate.

I’ve always associated desserts with celebrating, and I don’t intend on changing that anytime soon.

So, in the spirit of celebration, if I had to pick my favorite dessert spots in Raleigh, I’d say:

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Made in NC: Wit & Whistle, Blog Bday & Giveaway

Wit & Whistle teatowel misdirection

*Made in NC is a series that showcases North Carolina artisans who make exceptional products. This is not a sponsored post, and all of the opinions here are my own. Thanks to Amanda Wright of Wit & Whistle for letting me use her beautiful photos.

Believe it or not, this blog is turning 3 this weekend!

Wow- how time flies…and how your food photos get so much better when you start using natural light instead of yellow kitchen light. Ya’ll know.

It’s been such a wonderful adventure, and I just love cooking, writing and sharing things with all of you!

In honor of this special week, I’m featuring a very special Made in NC post and giveaway!

Today, we’re getting to know a bit more about Wit & Whistle and its founder Amanda Wright.

Whit & Whistle process_and_workspace

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