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We just want to sit down and have a cup of tea with Annelle, a retired pharmacist, passionate cook and blogger living on the Virginia coast. She only started contributing recipes a few weeks ago, but already we've taken quite a shine to her for the generosity and adventurous spirit embodied in her recipes, like Cape Carteret Oysters Williams -- AKA Rockefeller, Arugula Lasagna and Once in a Blue Moon Cake. Annelle's personal mantra pretty much sums up our approach to life: "We MUST eat to live, so let's enjoy every single bite!" Check out Annelle's page and fan her here.

Read Annelle's profile Q&A below:

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    grilled pig ears
  • What do you cook when home alone?
  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    kitchen aid with pasta attachment
  • Your ideal meal:
    grilled veal chop with a side of fresh mushroom ravioli
  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    an array of shaved truffle recipes
  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    someone asking for different condiment for meal
  • Your favorite cookbook:
    Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking


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Comments (8)


over 5 years ago Annelle

Food 52, I really LOVE your site! I've found so many wonderful recipes, tips and ideas here. I look forward to checking in every day to see what's new.
Thank you so much for the really nice comments! I would LOVE to have a cup of tea with you all, too--but it would probably be more like a few glasses of wine, or a Negroni or two! Let's do it!


over 5 years ago Annelle

Shayma, thank you so much. I love food photos, but never knew how challenging it can be to snap a good one until I started trying myself!


over 5 years ago shayma

your photos are natural and beautiful!


over 5 years ago Annelle

For full disclosure, we live in Martinsville, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in SW Virginia. When we retired we bought a little tin roofed 100 year old house in Beaufort, on the NC coast. We spend about half our time there, and have wonderful neighbors there who are busy teaching me about all the great local seafood


over 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

That arugula lasagna looks and sounds so wonderful. And your favorite cookbook is one of my favorites, too :)


over 5 years ago Annelle

I seriously would like to cook through that book! Sometimes I feel like I already have!
Thank you. I'm really just sharing. I learned the recipe in the Chianti region of Tuscany. The night we made it I really almost swooned at the taste. It was so different from anything I had ever tasted.


over 5 years ago kevinpoirier712

I could go for some Arugula Lasagna right about now. Annelle is only like the best chef I know! You guys picked a good one to feature on the front page :-D


over 5 years ago Annelle

Well Kevin, THANK YOU! That's quite a nice compliment! I'm gonna have to cook for you SOON!