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In keeping with the kitchen theme, Place Settings is the name for all my featured segments. As they will always have a permanent place in my kitchen. Currently, the sections are Tay Tastes Things, Monthly Menu Talks, and Special of the Week

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Spicy Orange Beef

Spicy orange beef is a delicious and easy stir-fry dish.  It can be paired with rice or noodles, but personally, I love it by itself.  This dish can be made in a wok or 12-inch skillet.

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Roasted Peking Chicken Breasts

Roasted Peking Chicken breast is a new recipe to help me in my quest to expand my culinary horizons. When I look for easy, delicious recipes, I cracked open my copy of The All New Good Housekeeping Cookbook by Susan Westmoreland. First off, I still love this cookbook. It was first published on December 31, 2001. My copy is falling apart at the spine. Consequently, I bought a slightly used copy from eBay. Oddly enough, I am still using the tattered copy.

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Introducing Tay Tastes Things

Introducing Tay Tastes Things is a new segment on the TBPK blog, where I will be retrying old dislikes and trying new flavors!

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Grounding Techniques: Categories

What is Grounding?

Grounding is the act of bringing the mind back to the present by distracting it from unwanted activities.  The activities take the form of ruminating thoughts, painful memories, or persistent worrying.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

My all-time favorite soul-satisfying first-course dish is Broccoli Cheese Soup! Yep, even above Loaded Potato Soup. 

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Grounding Techniques: 5-4-3-2-1

The grounding technique 5-4-3-2-1 involves using your five senses to draw your attention away from disturbing thoughts, memories, or worries.  As you move through the senses, the number of items to notice decreases.

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Marinated Green Beens

he Special of the Week is Marinated Green Beans.  My impartation for this dish comes from Whole Foods Market. In the deli, they sell a similar dish which I absolutely have love!  Unfortunately for me, my local Whole Foods isn’t exactly local. Consequently, I decided to give try my hand at making this dish.

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Mindfulness Techniques: Defusion

Diffusion is a technique that is made to help you separate yourself from your thoughts.  Often we have dark or negative thoughts, which is natural.  It is important we take care to not become our thoughts. 

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