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You say ‘potato’

   July 30, 2010 5:07 pm    1

Ever try to make french fries? What a ridiculous, dangerous waste of time. The equipment for slicing spuds is either way too expensive, or way too cheap. I borrowed a friend’s potato fry cutter/slicer once and broke it. I tried cutting the potatoes into strips myself and narrowly avoided injury. I have made big, baked…

 

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You say tomato

   July 29, 2010 3:04 pm    2

I’ve never had much luck growing tomatoes, but I never gave it much effort except to put them in the ground and hope. This time, I’m serious. I have nine plants and four varieties. I have tons of green ones. My husband eagerly awaits “my” salsa. Everyone loves “my” salsa: family, friends, coworkers, enemies, neighbors….

 

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strawberry pretzel salad

   July 28, 2010 3:55 pm    0

Two of my cousins make one of my all-time favorite take-along dishes. I finally forced one of them to give up the recipe. It uses frozen strawberries, so you can make it any time of year. My cousins bring it on Christmas Eve. Nobody made it last Christmas and you might as well have told…

 

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   July 27, 2010 5:56 pm    2

I have beets growing in my garden. I’m not sure why. They’re not really high on my list of edible vegetables. If I opened a can of beets at home, I’d eat three slices and spend a month pushing the leftover container around the fridge, until it wound up in the back and froze AND…

 

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Happy Monday

   July 26, 2010 3:06 pm    0

I planned to keep busy inside the air conditioning this weekend. But we got (read: my son got) stir crazy after about an hour of that, so we went to visit my mom in Madison, Ohio. We meandered through an outdoor festival until my mom couldn’t take it anymore, and she took me to show…

 

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Leftovers night

   July 23, 2010 2:38 pm    3

We have no more plastic containers for food storage. They’re all in the fridge, holding food to be eaten later, as in tonight — or never. My green beans are coming on strong, and I need to free up some fridge space to keep them happy until I have a chance to blanch and freeze…

 

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The other white meat

   July 22, 2010 2:59 pm    0

Meat is what my husband means when he says “food.” When we’re out of meat, he tells me it’s time to go to the store and get some “food.” The pleasure of living in my head is constantly rediscovering stuff I already know. For instance, while I’m walking by the meat case, I frequently re-discover…

 

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   July 21, 2010 3:19 pm    2

I was out in my vegetable garden last night, looking for weeds to pull. I turned over the bean plants to get at a clump of field grass, and then Holy beans, Batman! There were string beans hanging all over the place, butter yellow and light green. I had no idea they’d be coming already….

 

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Eat ‘n’ shop

   July 20, 2010 8:25 pm    5

The moral: Wegmans, salad bar, tonight, before you change your mind. The story: When my son was a newborn I had to force myself to take care of my own biological needs. I had to accept that the baby, while crying, was not going to starve while I made myself a peanut butter and jelly…

 

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What’s for dinner?

   July 19, 2010 4:45 pm    2

Made a keeper for dinner the other day: Dinner: 30 minutes. Nutrition: Awesome. Out of the blue, last week I found myself in possesion of six huge Anaheim chilies, two yellow squash, a zucchini and nine ears of fresh sweet corn. They came from reader Mary Ploszkiewicz, who invited me over to see her garden,…

 

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