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Caterer for a Weekend: Bridal Shower in New Jersey 
By Jillian Bernardini - May 29, 2013 - 08:49 AM
As I get older, I miss, love, and appreciate my roots more and more.  I didn’t always feel this way, about visiting home and returning to southern New Jersey to see family and friends.  Often times, I was indifferent, calling it “making the rounds” and “checking in,” so people know all is well and my life isn’t taking any sporadic terrible turns.  It will be 3 years in Septemb...

Third Time’s the Charm: S’more Cookie Bars  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - May 24, 2013 - 02:59 PM
How often does that late night snack craving come along, and magically, the pantry contains a bag of chocolate chips or chunks, a half-eaten bag of graham crackers, and few rogue marshmallows from who knows when….and a microwaveable s’more is the most gloriest [yep two superlative-worthy] little bit before bed ever?!  Oh, just me then, well you’ll thank me later.  If you happen to have more time on ...

James Beard Inspiration: Cooking is Boundless Learning 
By Jillian Bernardini - Apr 23, 2013 - 09:33 AM
Waking up to another gray day in Boston, my cappuccino tastes more cozy and comforting than usual.  Weekday morning routines consist of some morning catch-up: deleting spam e-mail, writing in my weekly planner, and randomly pulling a cookbook off the skylight staircase, which acts as a “bookshelf,” to gain a little daily food-cookery inspiration.  James Beard, the man we all know of and admire, must have ...

A lighter, spring salad with quinoa and citrus!  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Apr 17, 2013 - 11:44 AM
I’m nervous.  In less than a month, I am attending Kristin’s [John’s brother’s fiance] bachelorette party!  Yikes!  This is my first involvement actually in someone’s wedding, and don’t get me wrong, I am excited to celebrate and party it up with the ladies.  However, I believe it involves a pool bar, which means I will be imbibing….in a bathing suit.  Sure, I ...

A Heavy, Heartfelt Day in Boston 
By Jillian Bernardini - Apr 16, 2013 - 09:54 AM
Feelings today consist of a heavy heart and a surreal sense of this painful reality.  My heart goes out to all of the runners, families, friends, and Bostonians who were affected by this horrific incident.  Reviewing the imagery and videos from yesterday still remains unfathomable.  Thankfully, my loved ones are safe, and as I was working a mere mile away from the explosions, my coworkers and I were out of harms...

Italian Parfaits with hints of Spring  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Apr 12, 2013 - 11:45 AM
Spring is here! Spring is here! Yep, I knew I would jinx this as my blogging attempt froze yesterday, deleted itself, and waking up this morning with 40 degree temps and torrential winds whipping around my apartment.  The actual sunshine did feel amazing earlier this week, and it is inspiring me to get back in shape.  Not just for looks, but for feeling more healthy on the inside and simply comfortable with myself!&n...

Pissaladiere: Your New Favorite Flatbread Recipe 
By Jillian Bernardini - Mar 26, 2013 - 02:00 PM
Close your eyes, and think about the flavors and textures of your highest-quality extra virgin olive oil.  Verdent, lush, and extra savory.  That amazing, tantalizing imagery can be reality when you make this pissaladiere!  Simple to make, tricky to pronounce, a pissaladiere is a flat, crispy pizza-like specialty from southern France that is traditionally topped with onions, anchovies, olives, and herbs.

A Wintry, Hearty Stew: Spicy Sausage and Kale Ragout  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Mar 23, 2013 - 11:22 AM
Dearest Mother Nature, why is this white fluff still falling from the sky?  Residents of Boston have had it with the blizzarding, black ice, gray slushy messes, and their soggy socks and frozen feet.  My culinary mindset is forced to remain focusing on braises, stews, and bountiful cups of ginger lemon tea.  I’m ready for spring greens, fresh asparagus, buttery leeks, and other vibrant veggies right now!&n...

LA Eats flashback: barbrix restaurant and wine bar 
By Jillian Bernardini - Mar 18, 2013 - 12:28 PM
With one of the most subtle, obscure facades, barbrix was my favorite, most delicious dining experience out in LA.  A mere two months ago, I can still recall the lively flavor combinations and unique wine offerings as if this dinner was yesterday…until sadly, I realize that it was 30 degrees outside with 20mph winds, and John and I were huddled by the fire.  Definitely not categorized as LA activities.

Clean out the Cheese Drawer: Baked Mac and Cheese  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Mar 06, 2013 - 09:26 AM
Grocery shopping a ton lately, I felt determined that dinner plans the other night would successfully derive from a scavenger hunt through the fridge and cupboards.  For the carbs, a new package of semolina rigatoni, but what to dress these tubular pastas was still up in the air.  No canned tomatoes for a quick, chunky pomodoro sauce, and no bounties of fresh basil to whip up a pesto.  Meandering over to the fri...

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