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Ananda Restaurant in Maple Lawn / @takeonelizabeth / #hocofood

Ananda Restaurant in Maple Lawn

“I think this is it.” “Really? But there’s no sign.” “Yeah, I know, but look at the map.” I show him my phone. We have apparently arrived at…

Squash and Leek Gratin with Fig Goat Cheese | @TakeOnElizabeth

Squash and Leek Gratin with Fig Goat Cheese

If life has taught me anything, it’s that things don’t typically work out the way you’d planned. Life throws you curve balls, lemons, wrenches, and sometimes — plain…

Fat Canary, Williamsburg, Virginia, AAA Four-Diamond Restaurant

Fat Canary in Williamsburg, Virginia

It’s a typical work day: I’m standing in front of my computer, typing, reading, editing, and listening to Friends on Netflix — my background noise. Then, the phone…

Hurricane Cake | @takeonelizabeth

Hurricane Cake

Here’s the thing. Up until a few weeks ago, I thought I could control the weather. Not in a Storm-from-X-Men kind of way, but in a hippie-dippie, if-I-wish-it-enough-it-will-happen…

Howard County Restaurant Weeks July 24 – August 7, 2017

It’s the (other) most wonderful time of the year! It’s Howard County Summer Restaurant Weeks! (And that other most wonderful time of the year happens to be Winter…

This 5-ingredient blueberry cucumber salad is the PERFECT quick, easy summertime side dish! Plump blueberries, crisp cucumber, and a light and zesty lemon-olive oil dressing! SO EASY!

5-Ingredient Blueberry Cucumber Salad

Oh, the zucchinis that have crossed my threshold over the past few weeks—there have been too many of them to count. That’s not a euphemism—we’ve had at least…

plum cucumber salsa

Fresh and Spicy Plum Cucumber Salsa

My home has been inundated with fresh fruits and vegetables. As part of my “I’m short one organ so I’d better get my ass in gear” healthy eating…

strawberry shortcake with lemon whipped cream and strawberry-lavender-balsamic reduction

Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Whipped Cream and Strawberry-Lavender-Balsamic Reduction

{We’re almost exactly a month in to my New Normal. My new, gallbladder-less existence. Things are going better than expected, food-wise. Physically, I’ve been frustrated — despite the…

Food and Friends: Grandma’s Chicken Salad

Friends makes everything better. This is one of my (lighthearted) mantras in life. If I’m ever feeling blue, hurt, or in some other negative state of mind, I can…

These almond butter cookies have a deliciously crisp, buttery texture! | Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Cookies | @takeonelizabeth

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I try not to bake on Fridays or Saturdays. Why? Because if I bake Sunday – Thursday, Joe can take the leftovers with him to work the next…

Whole Wheat Pea and Mushroom Ravioli | @takeonelizabeth | A delicious and healthy homemade pasta!

Whole Wheat Pea and Mushroom Ravioli

The first time I made pasta, it seemed too easy. The flour and eggs combined smoothly to make a uniform, creamy yellow canvas. The dough slid effortlessly through…

How Chukar Cherries Saved My Marriage | @takeonelizabeth

How Chukar Cherries Saved My Marriage

Back when the previous decade was getting ready to draw to a close, Joe and I traveled a little over 2,700 miles to visit my grandparents in Yakima,…

This is by far the best way to eat a cupcake! A little bit of icing, a little bit of cake, conveniently packaged in every spoonful! | How to Eat a Cupcake: The Mug Shot | @takeonelizabeth

How to Eat a Cupcake: The Mug Shot

Cupcakes can get personal. “Personal” as in the way you choose to eat them. There seem to be just as many ways to eat a cupcake as there…

The Fall of the Rise: R.I.P. Bread Baby | @takeonelizabeth

The Fall of the Rise: R.I.P. BB

You probably had a feeling this post was coming. After all, I haven’t updated you about Bread Baby — BB — in a really long time. Four months,…

Maryland-Style Scrambled Eggs with Old Bay

Maryland-Style Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese and Tomato

I’m pretty sure that if you pricked the finger of an average Marylander between the months of June and September, they’d bleed Old Bay. Growing up here in…