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Slow Cookers, and a Virtual Cooking Class

Slow Cookers, and a Virtual Cooking Class

| January 31, 2012 | 1 Comment

Sometimes you need a hands-free dinner. Like when the kids have activities after school that keep you running. Like when you know you’ll be home just in time to sit down to eat. Like when you want to be spontaneous and don’t want to have to cook when you get back. Whether you love to […]

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Coffee Brings People Together (And Starbucks Coffee College)

Coffee Brings People Together (And Starbucks Coffee College)

| May 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

Coffee and I? We’re old buddies. I grew up in a coffee-drinking family, who gathered every weekend day for a leisurely cup. In summer, we’d all sit on the sun porch — even before I started drinking coffee myself — and chat, sometimes inviting neighbors in with a friendly call out the window. Sometimes, we […]

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Sarah’s Cucina Bella’s Fifth Birthday (and a Giveaway!)

Sarah’s Cucina Bella’s Fifth Birthday (and a Giveaway!)

| November 9, 2010 | 15 Comments

Can a blog have a birthday? Or is it better referred to as an anniversary? Whatever the case, five years ago today, I sat down at my old laptop and wrote the very first post ever for Sarah’s Cucina Bella. Coming from a journalism background, I hemmed and hawed about publishing it without an editor […]

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Reviving Quick and Easy Salt and Pepper Chicken (and 5 Food Photography Tips for the Non-Photographer)

Reviving Quick and Easy Salt and Pepper Chicken (and 5 Food Photography Tips for the Non-Photographer)

| November 4, 2010 | 3 Comments

This quick and easy recipe for Salt and Pepper Chicken Breasts is an easy way to cook chicken for dinner. Pair it with your favorite sides — and a sauce, if you like. If you are a longtime reader of Sarah’s Cucina Bella, you might remember my recipes for Easy Low-Fat Salt and Pepper Chicken […]

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Wanted: My Next Writing Gig

Wanted: My Next Writing Gig

| June 26, 2009 | 7 Comments

See those babies? They are the reason I left my full time job last year to work from home as a full-time freelance writer. And now you (or someone you know) has the chance to hire me! A recent long-term writing contract is coming to an end and I have empty freelancing spots to fill […]

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What I Did Last Night (And Why I Love My Job)

What I Did Last Night (And Why I Love My Job)

| February 19, 2009 | 2 Comments

When I am not musing about food here or taking care of my kids, I am a freelance writer. I seldom mention where else I am writing or what I am writing about because I think it interrupts the flow here. But I am making an exception today because I attended an exceptional event last […]

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I Promised You Big News . . .

I Promised You Big News . . .

| August 1, 2008 | 3 Comments

I promised you big news today . . . well, are you ready for this? I’ve decided to devote more time to my writing and my children, so as of about 4 p.m. today, I am a freelancer again. Yep, I’ve chosen to trade a long commute for a five-second one and my Monday morning […]

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

| June 6, 2008 | 2 Comments

It’s Friday . . . an ugly Friday, but Friday nonetheless. It sounds like it will be a wickedly bad weekend weather-wise, so that may further delay the finishing touches of my very cool raised bed garden . . . Sigh. Here’s a few things I wanted to share: First, I am not a chef, […]

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