Recent Posts by Abby Allen

Healthy-ish Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

I can't say that I've never not wanted to crawl up into a big ol' lethargic ball of waste on the couch after ingesting a plate of enchiladas - especially those from a Mexican restaurant where the portions are enough to comfortably feed a family of 5. Don't get me wrong, those type of sinfully…
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BLT + A & E Savory Dutch Baby Recipe

Due to current events in today's world, we're all spending a great deal of time at home, which means that we are all cooking a lot more. Most folks, I'm sure, are accustomed to grabbing a quick breakfast in the morning and running out the door with their coffee. However, COVID-19 has forced us all…
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Dashi Beans with Sausage Recipe

Dried beans are totally an underrated and under appreciated pantry staple that 100% deserve our attention. Sure, canned beans are a convenient alternative that often aid in making our lives easier, but if you know me, you know that I find beauty in preparing food without any shortcuts. I think that there is something so…
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La V – Vietnamese Fusion That Keeps You Wanting More

For the most part, comfort food is a rather ambiguous term that refers to food that makes us feel good. To some, that means a glutenous helping of sinfully delicious Thanksgiving staples, while others may attribute "feeling good" and "feel good" food to health-conscious meals that nourish and fuel the body. Comfort food, to me,…
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Steak and Potato Salad with Gochujang Vinaigrette Recipe

I cannot tell you how many salad recipes that I have made for dinner that do not translate well for lunch the next day. That's right - I've opened up my pyrex containers the next day to many, sad, sad desk lunch salads. However, with this salad, recipe, it was my goal to create a…
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5 Best Places for Barbecue in St. Petersburg, FL 2020

Barbecue, especially in the south, is a true art form that many spend years upon years tweaking, adjusting and perfecting. There are four essential classifications of barbecue: Texas, Carolina, Kansas City & Memphis. [Editor's note: There can be a myriad of others, but these are the most well-known.] Each region's style of barbecue varies notably,…
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Citrus Paprika Chicken Paillard with Quick Pickled Onions Recipe

If you've never made chicken paillard, I'm willing to bet that after you give this recipe a whirl, it'll become a part of your regular rotation. What does paillard mean, you ask? Paillard is simply a fancy French term for a boneless piece of meat, traditionally chicken or veal, that has been pounded thin. It's…
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Flûte & Dram: Where Champagne Wishes & Whiskey Dreams Come True

The moment that the famous Dom Pérignon first discovered champagne, he exclaimed, "come quickly, I am tasting the stars!" And Mark Twain bellowed that "too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough." If Dom and Mark were still around today, I'd bet my bottom dollar that they'd both be…
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Skillet Hasselback Potatoes with Herb Butter

Some people loathe cooking during the holiday season; however, I love it! In fact, I live for it. What's my secret, you ask? I make it fun by preparing recipes that I actually enjoy cooking and eating. During the holiday season, most folks seem to feel an obligation to make certain things, such as stuffing,…
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5 Best Places for Poké Bowls in St Petersburg, FL 2019

Poké (pronounced as poh-kay), which is said to have been originated in Hawaii, has gained a copious amount of popularity all across the world in recent years. Poké is a traditional dish that is typically comprised of, in its most basic state, raw tuna and shoyu, where the tuna is cut crosswise, and then cubed.…
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10 Best Places for Oysters in St. Petersburg FL

Oysters, my favorite of the bivalve family, are not exactly few and far between in St. Petersburg, especially those from the Gulf. Quality oysters, however, take some research to uncover. Lucky for you, we've done the leg work, and consumed dozens upon dozens of oysters in order to assemble a list with the best places for…
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