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Czech Inspired Pork Loin Roast w/ Roasted Carrots:

Roast pork is the national dish of the Czech Republic (and loved all over central Europe) and in honor of their beloved leader Vaclav Havel who died over the weekend I made a Czech inspired pork roast last night.  It is not the most traditional roast (which has caraway seeds as its main spice and served with sauerkraut and dumplings) this one is based on other variations I have seen with a wee bit of a twist.  Being a Czech boy, I really love this roast!  I miss my dad’s potato dumplings though (another topic for another day) [edit – potato

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Thanksgiving - Sage and Thyme rubbed Turkey:

Smells of a turkey roasting pulls me back to a simpler time.  Playing outside, probably wishing for snow, fending off monsters or whatever would be typical fodder for entertainment.  After getting chilled, I remember returning home and having a wall of delicious smells smacked me in the face as my grandma, mom and dad cooked away over the feast we were going to all share later in the day.  There was homemade cocoa and buttered toast for breakfast and nibbles of holiday fair throughout the day but not enough to “spoil my appetite” as my grandma would say.  It

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