A Durham/Chapel Hill Food Lover’s Gift Guide

So, say you’re someone who loves food and wants to share the spoils of the Triangle with your friends. Maybe you need to get a gift cross country to someone special. Or perhaps you just don’t know where to start. Well, I’m here to help! There are more than enough options in the area — we are spoiled, spoiled, spoiled for excellent local food in the Triangle (click on the three links for a little taste) — so I’m going to cut down the number of choices and give you a few good food-related options for taking action on that holiday gift list for friends both near and far.

Christmas

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Lobsters in Maine

Well hello, there! I’m returning after an unplanned summer hiatus… Remember those days when summer arrived and school was out for a few months? Yeah, neither do I 🙂 But, when not locked in with my laptop and stacks of academic articles (or accidentally clearing my iPad of all the blog posts I’d drafted out), I did have the chance to attend a few wonderful weddings (and by a few, I mean five). One in particular stood out for its food — so here’s a quick overview of a good friend’s wedding on the northern coast of Maine…

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Mira’s Ukranian Potato Salad

A recipe given to me by one of our dear friends — Mira’s Ukranian-style potato salad is always a hit at summer picnics and a great way to welcome in the warmer weather!

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Creamy Corn Casserole

I first made this when living in San Diego, and wanted to make a Thanksgiving side that had a bit of a traditional feel. I had a lot of friends who were orphaned in town during the holidays and so we had an impromptu potluck celebration instead. Many of our friends were international students, and so the spread covered everything from traditional American fare to sushi — all of it delicious!

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Post-Thanksgiving Mashed Potato Cakes

I had the honor of hosting my family’s Thanksgiving this year. When discussing the day’s menu, I asked my mom if she wanted to cook turkey, the Thanksgiving staple. “I don’t know,” she said, “but we definitely do need mashed potatoes for your brother.” His love of the creamy side dish is well documented in our household, and we usually don’t eat them except at big holidays, so we made so much we had to mash them in two batches!

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Dinner Out

Over a dozen of my good friends recently came through town for a little reunion. We enjoyed a most fabulous time together, with delicious food (squid ink pasta!), good champagne, and most importantly, a lot of laughter. I think this picture pretty much sums up one of our many wonderful nights. 🙂