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Romantic Indian Dinner for Two

Plan a romantic night in with these dinner for two recipes inspired by the flavors of India and the film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

How about a date night and an exotic vacation all rolled into one — without ever leaving the house? My husband and I recently enjoyed an afternoon getaway to India, featuring international food and decor from World Market, and inspired by the sweetly romantic comedy, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” All in the middle […]

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Plan a romantic night in with these dinner for two recipes inspired by the flavors of India and the film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Romantic Indian Dinner for Two

How about a date night and an exotic vacation all rolled into one -- without ever leaving … [Read More...]

Gourmet Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Truffle Oil

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Seriously...the best salad ever - a make-at-home version of the world famous Columbia Restaurant 1905 Salad. It is a garlic and olive lover's delight. and so easy to make.

Seriously…the best salad recipe ever

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