November 30, 2010 10:02 pm    0

Here’s your book drawing for this week. Send me an e-mail to if you want to enter to win one of the books. Include your name and street address and the title of the book you want. This week, we have “The Pot and How to Use It,” by Roger Ebert. yes, the film…


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Slow cooked

   November 30, 2010 3:41 pm    0

I don’t know about the whole Crock Pot thing. I’ve been doing it now and again for years. I’ve had mixed results and I’m getting a little frustrated. Some stuff comes out really well, but other stuff, especially meat dishes come out, somehow, dry. I recently had a hard time with an otherwise tasty beef…


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Turkey — and your recipes

   November 24, 2010 5:18 pm    0

First off, I’d love for you to come try out the new Erie Times-News recipe library. You can log on and find my recipes, from here on out, as well as Rhonda Schember’s, Marnie Mead Oberle’s and recipes that appear in the monthly women’s magazine Her Times that appears once a month in our Sunday…


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My mom’s classic

   November 23, 2010 4:04 pm    0

My mom brings fruit salads to everything. In summer, she makes them with melon, in the winter she uses citrus. She uses a melon baller in the summer, making perfect, luscious orbs of green, orange and red. She throws in grapes and something seasonal, such as strawberries or blueberries and layers it with kiwi. In…


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NEW BOOKS and green beans

   November 22, 2010 5:56 pm    0

Hey, there. It’s time for another free book drawing. I have copies of “Bean Appetit: Hip and Healthy Ways to Have Fun with Food,” by Shannon Payette Seip and Kelly Parthen, with Carisa Dixon. Also, I have a sweet little tome called “Simple Comforts: 50 Heartwarming Recipes,” by Sur La Table. Love it. To enter…


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Going nuts

   November 19, 2010 9:53 pm    0

Not too long ago, I talked about using almond milk to make potato soup, so my cow’s-milk-allergic son could eat it. Of course, he refused to even try it, but John and I liked it. I’d never used almond milk before and didn’t really know anything about it. Turns out Roseanne Cheeseman, the Erie Times-News…


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Can’t wait to cook

   November 18, 2010 6:07 pm    1

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that weeknight dinners turn into more of a chore this time of year. I feel like everything is a rush and it seems so much easier to grab takeout. The thing is, takeout really ISN’T any easier. By the time I order, pickup, pay and…


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I’ve missed you

   November 16, 2010 6:34 pm    0

Dear readers, I’m sorry. I’ve neglected you terribly. I took some time off and got in over my head in a home improvement project. Now I’m back at work with minor cuts and bruises, but a changed woman. Sorting and storing and throwing away can be a cathartic experience. I found it impossible to avoid…


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Check this out

   November 10, 2010 7:39 pm    0

Has anyone tried any of the self-checkout aisles? I know they have them in Tops on West 26th Street and Lowes. I use them when I only have a couple of items. But they aren’t really any faster than regular checkout, especially when I wind up having to wait for a clerk to help me…


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Did you say potato?

   November 9, 2010 3:25 pm    0

Last night I went way out on a limb — and didn’t fall off. A WebMD recipe for Baked Potato Soup showed up in my inbox yesterday. I don’t usually try recipes on weeknights, but I had some time and I had three meals’ worth of leftovers in the fridge. If I tried this and…


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