Technicolor Dining

Follow the adventures of a single female diner as she navigates her way through all things dining related. Tina Patterson (aka Technicolorgirl) is a long time food enthusiast who enjoys exploring all things dining related – cooking classes, beverage tasting classes and events, exploring restaurant menus, and more. She credits her parents and maternal grandmother for encouraging her interest as young child.

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Cranberry Walnut Bread

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One of my favorite late fall/winter fruits is cranberry. The sweet and slightly tart taste as well as the scent of cranberries reminds me of the holidays and festive times. It was served a Thanksgiving dinner. It was sometimes served at Christmas dinner. It was always consumed and didn’t go to waste. The past few years […]

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Carrot and Cashew Nut Roast - Comfort and Joy

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The celebration of  National Cashew Day nudged me to retrieve a favorite recipe featuring cashews, Carrot and Cashew Nut  roast. I first made this recipe in the late 1990’s when I was a practicing lacto-ovo vegetarian (I consumed eggs and milk, but no animal flesh).  I like the recipe because the ingredients are easy to find and […]

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Smackason's - Some Like it Hot!

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One of the benefits of volunteering at the recent Metro DC Cooking Show was visiting the vendor tables after my volunteer shift concluded.  Two colleagues and I weaved our way through the aisles stopping at various tables to sample items. We were just about to leave when I saw the table showcasing  Smackason’s pepper sauce. As […]

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To gift or not to gift?

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The holidays are up on us and so is the pursuit of find a gift for a friend, loved, one or colleagues. Recently a friend asked me for suggestions about which gift to give a person she described as a “foodie”.  I wasn’t certain what exactly that meant ( i.e., does the person enjoy cooking, baking […]

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SNAP Challenge - Dénouement

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Why use the word  dénouement in the blog heading? According to Merriam-Webster  dénouement is the final part of something (such as a book, a  play, or a series of events). It  seems appropriate to chronicle the final part of  my  2014 SNAP Challenge journey. Day 7 was surprisingly smooth. I filled two bottles with water to ensure I would be […]

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SNAP Challenge Day 7 - Twist and Homestretch

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Day 6 began smoothly. I ate oatmeal before heading out the door for the seminar. Lunch (soup) was packed along with a small container of oatmeal,  an orange, a package of raisins, the remaining hummus, and a few carrots. On the first break during the seminar I realized I had no water.  Yikes! I couldn’t […]

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The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Washington, DC

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I recently received an email with the words ‘press credentials’ in the subject line. I initially thought it was one of the countless SPAM or phishing emails that arrive in the blog’s inbox.  I decided to take a quick look at the email to determine if it was SPAM or phishing.  It was not SPAM. […]

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SNAP Challenge Day 6 - Creativity

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On Day 5 I ran out the door to work without eating breakfast. Was I tired of eating my oatmeal and raisins? Or was I subconsciously trying to stretch my food until the end of the week? I’m not certain. The day began with a meeting that ran much longer than planned, but somehow managed to […]

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SNAP Challenge Day 5- Longing for Lobster

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Day 4 got off to a late start – I overslept after staying up very late to complete a deadline driven task for work. I attempted to run out the door to my first appointment, but stopped and took the time to eat breakfast. I’m glad I did because I didn’t have lunch until 3:30 p.m.  […]

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SNAP Challenge 2014 - Day 4: Be Prepared

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I began Day 3 thinking of pancakes. Had I grown tired of the oatmeal and raisins? It really doesn’t matter because this is the option for breakfast. I had plenty of water on hand and was cognizant of the amount of time between breakfast and lunch. After lunch the smooth flow of the day was gone. […]

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