USDA: Pork OK at 145. They were the last to know.

   May 25, 2011 1:39 pm    0

And there was much rejoicing. According to the New York Times, the USDA said Tuesday that you only have to cook pork to 145 degrees for it to be safe. This is a good thing because cooking it to the previous suggestion of 160 degrees made it practically inedible. Do not freak out if you…


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Buried, but alive

   May 24, 2011 4:44 pm    1

Gardening season just hit me like a Mac truck. I had all manner of well-organized plans to prevent this. But rain and this darned job thing scuttled my good intentions and now I’m flying blind into the all-important Memorial Day weekend. My mother-in-law will be at my house serving as director of operations on Tuesday,…


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Raise a toast to great burgers

   May 23, 2011 1:25 pm    2

I simply don’t understand the appeal of fast food hamburgers. Let’s face it: They suck. And yet they sell them by the millions every single day. A lot of these places actually have food that tastes good. Their fancy salads aren’t bad. I like McDonald’s chipotle grilled chicken Snack Wrap. The fries I almost understand,…


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Perfectly pickled

   May 20, 2011 3:56 pm    0

I love pickles. Who doesn’t love pickles? Well, a lot of people, I guess. But I love them. My husband loves them. His mom makes them every summer from her homegrown cucumbers, and those are cool. But they seem hard. These do not seem hard. They seem awesome. And pickly. Not to be confused with…


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Lime, lime, limey, lime, lime

   May 18, 2011 1:36 pm    1

You might remember I was stuck on strawberries for a while there. Well, now it’s the citrus. It started with the lime squares I made for Easter. Then it was the Lemon Meringue Squares coming to Loaves & Dishes June 1. Now it’s this, an ingenious invention for the grill you can make tonight after…


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Rainy days and Sundays

   May 17, 2011 2:48 pm    2

It was one long, cold, wet weekend. Entertaining an energetic 5-year-old boy without going outside taxed every fiber of my creativity. I even considered going out to play in the rain before I remembered it was 45 degrees. I’ve been trying to get the kid in the kitchen with me, and while he’s still too…


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Running on full

   May 13, 2011 3:25 pm    1

My husband is running a half-marathon in Cleveland Sunday morning. That’s 13.1 miles as fast as he can go. It’s his third or fourth “half,” which is what the runners call it. He’ll go to bed Saturday at 9 p.m., and leave our house at 4 a.m. Sunday drive into Cleveland in time for the…


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Free books!

   May 12, 2011 2:38 pm    1

Books are piling up on my desk again, and if I’m going to keep sitting here, something has to go. If you want one, or more than one, please e-mail me at with your NAME, HOME ADDRESS and TITLE OF THE BOOK you’re interested in. You can put more than one request in your…


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Hummus haters: Take heed

   May 11, 2011 10:53 am    1

I love hummus in limited quantities. It’s great with baby-cut carrots, green pepper strips and spread on crackers. I can’t eat a whole vat of it, but enough for a mid-afternoon snack. If you just can’t get into hummus, it might be because you can’t get past the taste of tahini, a paste made of…


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Berried alive

   May 10, 2011 5:18 pm    0

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m on a strawberry kick. I’ve had them in one form or another every day for a lot of days. When I was cooking this morning, for my June 8 column, I made Strawberry Goat Cheese Pizza. It’s awesome, if I do say so. Check it out. While I was…


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