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Painting A Picture

I’m not much of an artist. My handwriting is below-average and my 6-year old daughter’s portraits put most of my drawings to shame. You likely won’t find me on a date with my wife attending a Paint Nite, and my least favorite class in college was Art History. Yet, what does excite me is reflecting...

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New Year’s Revolutions

You might be thinking the title above is a typo. It’s New Year’s Resolutions, not New Year’s Revolutions! While you’re right that most everyone says New Year’s Resolutions, the title above is completely intentional. It always strikes me how one small change (in this instance, changing the ‘s’ to a ‘v’) can drastically affect an...

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West Virginia Pot Roast

“My dad’s pot roast.” Ingredients 5-6 lb boneless chuck roast (best when cut from chuck roll. 2 tbsp of olive oil Salt Black pepper Thyme 6 garlic cloves 1 large yellow onion, diced 5 peeled carrots, chopped 1/2″ 5 ribs of celery, chopped 1/2″ 1 roasted jalapeno, finely chopped 1 cup white vinegar 3 tbsp...

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Braised Beef Short Ribs Slow Cooked in Guinness Beer

Ingredients 3lbs CMP Boneless Beef Short Ribs 1/4cup Vegetable oil for frying 1ea Large Yellow Onion, chopped ½” 5ea Garlic Cloves, minced 4ea Carrots, coarsely chopped 1ea 14.5oz can of Diced Tomatoes 1 Tbsp Thyme 2ea Bay Leaves 2/3 cup full bodied red wine 4 cups Beef Stock 8oz Guinness Stout Beer 3 Tbsp Honey...

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Chicken, Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo

Ingredients 2 Tbsp.Olive Oil ½  lb. Unsalted Butter 2 Cups Flour 1 Large Yellow Onion 5 ea Celery Ribs 5 ea Cloves Fresh Garlic 4 Carrots, Peeled 1 Gold Bell Pepper ¼ Cup Parsley (chopped) 2 ea Roasted Jalapenos 8 Strips of Bacon 1 Jar Pickled Okra (hot) 1 Medium can Diced Tomatoes 4 ea...

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Colton’s Social House

Just over a year ago a restaurant quietly opened with the idea of creating a menu based on the feedback from its customers. It was called Beta-Tasting and considered a “conversation” by its owner Jim Souza. The menu was to be simple yet still unique. The burgers are Angus, charbroiled and presented on a buttered...

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The Flavor of Maturity

In the weeks leading to Easter I decided to pull out an old book that I read 15 years ago. The book is called Purpose Driven Life and it is a 42 day journey of reading one chapter a day and learning about our purpose here on earth. On day 28 the topic was “the...