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Author Archives: Blanca Valbuena

About Blanca Valbuena

I am one of the co-founders of FriendsEAT. Obviously, I love to eat. Other passions include A Song of Ice and Fire, Shakespeare, Dostoyevski, and Aldous Huxley.

Fall Recipes: Marilyn Markel’s Game Day Chicken Wings

Southern Season Cooking School has become not just a local, but national favorite.  Marilyn Markel heads the Chapel Hill location and is known for her love of food which was passed down from her grandmother. Markel began her career as … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Scott Crawford’s Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut & Malt

Pennsylvania native, Scott Crawford heads the kitchen as executive chef at Herons restaurant at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C. His culinary skill has made him not just a Southern favorite, but has earned him some pretty prestigious … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Terry Walters’ Cinnamon Whole Oats with Toasted Almonds

Terry Walters, author of the highly-acclaimed and bestselling books CLEAN FOOD and CLEAN START, is at the forefront of the clean eating lifestyle movement. Terry was not only a James Beard Foundation Award finalist, but also the recipient of the … Continue reading

Healthy & Easy Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe

Every once in a while, this regularly thin food writer gains a few extra pounds. For the past week I’ve been counting calories and following my own advice on staying thin as a food blogger. The goal is losing 12 lbs … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Gena Knox’s Pecan Sandies

I first met Gena at the Fancy Food Show. She was vibrant, fun, and obviously knew her stuff. When I met her, she was just getting her new business, Fire & Flavor started. She has built it into a well respected … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Chef Austin Perkins’ Goat Meatballs

Growing up in the West Marin Coast inculcated a love of fresh farm produce in Petaluma native, Chef Austin Perkins. He now brings this love of fresh & natural to Nick’s Cove, Oyster Bar & Cottages.  There, Perkins crafts seasonal, sustainable … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: John Moeller’s Chicken Tortilla Lime Soup

There are certain honors a Chef will never forget, among the rarest is being chosen to be the Chef at the White House. Chef John Moeller  is one of the few to have held this post under three Presidents. This … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Chad Musick’s Caramel Apple Martini

Chad Musick, the Beverage Director at High Street Hospitality Group in Greenville, SC knows how to make people feel at home. Perhaps it is his warm personality, but we think it has something to do with his delectable cocktails. His … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Terry Walters’ Pumpkin Spice Muffins

If you are looking to make a change in lifestyle, to eat healthier, locally, and more humanely, Terry Walters’s books: CLEAN FOOD and CLEAN START are the perfect resource. Terry is a James Beard Foundation Award finalist and received the … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Chef Claude Godard’s Salmon Tartare with Oysters and Cucumber

Master Chef Claude Godard is the third in a line of prestigious French Chefs. His cuisine is inspired by his grandfather Gaston Godard but with a modern twist. Chef Godard learned his trade early on, and he polished it at … Continue reading