24 February, 2017

Cooking The Books

Cooking The Books
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The phrase “cooking the books” is thought by many to describe the creative accounting that goes on at audit or tax time. In this instance it refers to a  cookbook book club sponsored by our local library. Well you know me – I’m in! The way it works: participants select a recipe from the book-of-the-month, prepare
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22 February, 2017

There’s a Little Devil In…. Eggs

There’s a Little Devil In…. Eggs
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Deviled Eggs used to be a staple around the holidays or included in special dinners. With all the medical reports swaying one way or another about cholesterol and eggs, it seems in more recent times they have all but disappeared as a snack or appetizer.  I’m “throwing caution to the wind” and making them!  Do you
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11 February, 2017

NotCho Average Nachos

NotCho Average Nachos
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Lately I’ve been craving Mexican food. I don’t understand it. I’m waaaayyy too old to be having pregnancy cravings and haven’t even been around anyone pregnant to have sympathy cravings (something my hubby had often back in the day).  We stopped in to a Mexican restaurant for lunch and even that didn’t stave them off.
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5 February, 2017

It’s A Football, It’s A Cheeseball, It’s a Football Cheesball

It’s A Football, It’s A Cheeseball, It’s a Football Cheesball
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Super Bowl ends the football season finally! I say that because when I watch football I pay more attention to the uniforms and hair, than the score and the moves (or do they call them plays?). Just tell me what color jersey I need to be rooting for and I’m good.  So when hubby invited a
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2 February, 2017

Crackers? Not Referring To A State of Mind

Crackers? Not Referring To A State of Mind
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Crackers…..no, I’m not talking about the American alternative rock band named Crackers or occasionally my state of mind during a particularly challenging day.  Raise your hand if you are guilty of hogging the bread sticks when they are brought to the table? Okay, I confess, I have both hands up. You’ll be “crackers” over these crackers.
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28 January, 2017

Happy Chinese New Year! Celebrate With Salad Rolls & Peanut Sauce

Happy Chinese New Year! Celebrate With Salad Rolls & Peanut Sauce
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Today is the celebration of the Chinese New Year so I’m making salad rolls with peanut sauce. I particularly like these in the summer when fresh vegetables can be collected with only a few steps to the garden. But they are good any time of year.  The ingredients can be almost any salad fixings –
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23 January, 2017

Some Like It Hot…. And Spicy…. Chickpea Cakes

Some Like It Hot…. And Spicy…. Chickpea Cakes
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Looking for a substitute for a beef burger? Vegetarian choice? Gluten free? Lighter fare? This recipe fits all the requirements and they whip up in a matter of minutes.  Chickpeas are such a versatile bean. Check out You Don’t Know Beans for more information and additional recipes. When I make these again, I might add a little more
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11 January, 2017

Zucchini Waffles – Don’t Knock Them Until You Try Them

Zucchini Waffles – Don’t Knock Them Until You Try Them
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January sparks organization activities for many people. Reorganizing kitchen cabinets is usually a popular one. But don’t put that waffle maker away just yet. There are many foods you can cook with it – really. In fact I was reading an article about a mother who was trying to get her children to eat dinner.
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5 January, 2017

Feel Like You’re Swimming Upstream? Just Salmon Roll With It

Feel Like You’re Swimming Upstream? Just Salmon Roll With It
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  Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like you are swimming upstream all…..day…..long? Well, today was one of those days for me in the kitchen. It really wasn’t a terribly challenging day, just …. well, let me explain.  I’ve been wanting to make this recipe for weeks. I purchased the salmon
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30 December, 2016

Let’s Get The Party Started!

Let’s Get The Party Started!
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Ready to ring in the New Year? No matter what your activities may be, joining others to party the night away or staying home catching up on Netflix movies, antipasti is a good choice.  This version of antipasti is an easy appetizer that requires more skill in decorating a plate than cooking. Whether you lay out meats and
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19 December, 2016

Feast Of The Seven Fishes – Italian Christmas Tradition

Feast Of The Seven Fishes – Italian Christmas Tradition
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Christmas is this week! It occurs every year about this time, yet I still seem to be surprised when the week before Christmas actually arrives. (No one ever accused me of being too bright.) In my mind I think I am organized, cookies baked, presents made, or bought. Decorations up (few though they may be this year).
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19 December, 2016

Understanding A Formal Italian Meal

Understanding A Formal Italian Meal
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Traveling to Italy for many years and growing up in an Italian-American family has exposed me to the love affair Italians have with food. It’s not just food to eat, there is a whole culture around Italian food. It’s part of what people love about Italians….. embracing everything about food starting at the very basic level
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