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Chef Russ Webb at R. Kitchen in Charleston, SC

As I mentioned last week, we spent a glorious week in Charleston earlier this month. I spent weeks before our trip planning out how we were going to maximize our time eating at some of the many new places that have popped up since we moved to the DC ‘burbs last August. One of the highlights of my week was meeting the lovely chef Russ Webb of R. Kitchen. I wrote a glowing review of our experience there for Charleston Grit. Ge Ge (our four-year-old) went with me and the rest of our extended family while the hubby stayed behind with Meimei (our two-year-old). As we affectionately like to refer to our little fireball that is Meimei, she’s not quite “restaurant ready.” Well, at least not fancy restaurant ready.

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modcloth & me: weekend food adventurer

The fashion gurus over at ModCloth recently asked me to style a weekend layered look for them. This initially made me laugh, mainly because I hardly think of myself as stylish these days, unless, of course, you count “style” as “it’s clean, stretchy, and no one has wiped their face or sticky hands on it in the last 2 hours.” But as I perused ModCloth and looked at their endless choices of relaxed yet fun looks, I figured I could probably take a crack at how I could be cleaned up on weekends, especially during the winter (instead of just slumming around town in my fleece jacket and Ugg boots).

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jogging egg, tomato and spinach salad

hard boiled egg and spinach salad

An amazing salad with runny egg, tomato and red onion on a bed of baby spinach

“You know what you do really, really well, sweetheart?” the hubby said to me one evening not long ago, as we sat next to each other at our kitchen table, chatting while cradling glasses of wine.

“What’s that?”

“You really know how to boil a good egg.”

God, that man really knows how to get my engines going.

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salted brown butter addiction

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Okay, today, after work, I need you to do me a favor. Stop by the grocery store on the way from home and pick up some butter, a bag of mini marshmallows, and a box of rice krispies. Do it. Just seriously do it, okay? I promise you won’t be sorry.

You see, years ago one of my friends introduced me to the wonder that is salted brown butter rice krispie treats from Smitten Kitchen, which has been one of my favorite food blogs for years. These rice krispie treats are so incredibly addictive, and they’re not that much more difficult to make than the original rice krispie treat recipe. I love making these rice krispie treats so much that I intentionally do not allow myself to make them unless we have company coming over or there’s some other special occasion. Otherwise, I usually end up standing in front of the stove eating not-yet-formed rice krispie treats off the back of a wooden spoon. It is not my finest moment, but let’s be honest — I rarely have finest moments when it comes to eating.

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