Sugar and spice for gobblin’.

   October 31, 2011 11:27 am    0

Yesterday was one of those days that the kitchen sink was so full of dishes from my projects that I had to wash my hands in the bathroom. Tuna Noodle Casserole from “Joy of Cooking” was dinner. More on that tomorrow. But Halloween night calls for sweet treats. I make gingersnaps for my dad at…


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Very Pinterest-ing

   October 27, 2011 2:47 pm    0

The clamor for has reached fever pitch among my circle of crafty cooking friends. I feel like the last to know. It’s become my newest obsession ( “time suck,” as one friend put it) is like a combination of FaceBook and Twitter where people “Pin” stuff they like on the web and share it…


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Free-book Wednesday

   October 26, 2011 1:59 pm    1

Every Wednesday, as supplies allow, I offer up a cookbook for a random drawing. Kathy Allen was the winner of last week’s “The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes Second Edition,” by Judith Finlayson. If you are not Kathy Allen, you are encouraged to throw your name in the hat for “Robin Takes 5,” by Robin…


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My sweet little dumpling

   October 25, 2011 1:55 pm    0

At a pumpkin fest last weekend, I was tempted into the adjoining apple orchard for some pick-your-own action. There wasn’t much challenge to it, and we had more than we could carry in about 20 minutes. After consulting with the farmer, I picked Ida Reds, good for baking and snacking, and was instantly smitten. (He…


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Free-book-drawing Wednesday!

   October 19, 2011 10:53 am    0

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the cookbook drawings. The winner of “Cake Ladies: Celebrating a Southern Tradition,” by Jodi Rhonden, is Beth Pizzuto. The winner of “50 Simple Soups for the Slow Cooker,” by Lynn Alley, is Erin Conn. I’ll mail the books out. If you are not Beth Pizzuto or Erin Conn,…


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Bulk up

   October 18, 2011 10:31 am    0

It’s National Bulk Foods Week, which makes it a good opportunity for me to show off how little I know about it. I know it refers to foods available in bins equipped with scoops, and you take as much as you need and put it in a bag or tub and pay for it by…


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Chicken soup for the bowl

   October 17, 2011 10:56 am    1

To me, 40s and rainy is the worst kind of non-disaster weather. Even 20 degrees and snowing doesn’t leave me as cold and depressed as that inevitable mid-fall (and mid-spring) miserable day. I fight misery by cooking something, and decided that yesterday was a chicken noodle soup kind of day. I lacked proper chicken stock,…


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It’s (really) free-book Wednesday!

   October 12, 2011 2:09 pm    0

Last week I screwed up free-book Wednesday by posting it on Tuesday. Then I couldn’t post it again until Thursday. So free-book Wednesday kind of didn’t really happen. This might be why no one wrote in looking for my copy of “Cake Ladies: Celebrating a Southern Tradition,” by Jodi Rhoden. It’s a book for committed…


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Squish squash apple mosh

   October 7, 2011 3:51 pm    0

I got a hankering about an hour ago for butternut squash soup with apples. Don’t ask me why my hankering machine came up with something so specific. It might be because I have a squash and a bushel of apples hanging out in my kitchen. It might be because I got a recipe for squash…


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Free-book not-Wednesday!

   October 4, 2011 12:27 pm    0

Yes, I know it’s Thursday. The book drawings are Wednesday. This post was supposed to go up yesterday. But it didn’t. I was trapped under something heavy. I figure you’ll like it tomorrow rather than never. Thanks for all the response to the book drawing last week. “So Sweet! Cookies, Cupcakes, Whoopie Pies and More,”…


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