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Book-drawing Wednesday and Snickerdoodles

   November 30, 2011 12:13 pm    0

I love book-drawing Wednesday. First, it keeps my desk from getting cluttered. Second, I love getting e-mail from readers. Third, I love getting e-mail from readers. So check this out and then send me some e-mail. Last week’s book, “Gooseberry Patch: Big Book of Home Cooking.” is on its way to Priscilla Cochran. If you…

 

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Pork chops a San Francisco treat

   November 29, 2011 4:00 pm    1

As much as I love to cook, getting home at 6 p.m. and looking in the freezer for dinner can be just as exhausting for me as for anyone else. My son doesn’t eat much, but pizza is his current favorite meal. I’ve baked up more frozen pizza in the past three months than I…

 

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Cooking mania outlasts Thanksgiving

   November 25, 2011 1:04 pm    1

Some might be sick of cooking by now. Even if you didn’t do the bird, you might have brought pies or side dishes. Your fridge packed with leftovers and you’re looking forward to a plain old turkey and Miracle Whip sandwich tonight with cold cranberries and reheated green bean casserole. Part of me feels that…

 

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Frozen turkey? No sweat

   November 23, 2011 9:59 am    0

I don’t know what to make of this. It never would have occurred to me to roast a turkey from frozen. As I read this story, I could feel my brow wrinkles deepen. I thought surely it was to be dismissed, until I read that the idea, which appeared in USA Today Wednesday, is supported…

 

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Potato pancakes just smashing

   November 22, 2011 9:46 am    1

I dug the root crops out of my garden a couple of weeks ago and John wanted mashed potatoes. They were awesome, if I do say so, but there were a lot of leftovers. One night last week, I wanted potato pancakes. “How hard can this be?” I wondered, and scooped potatoes, smashed them into…

 

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Cranberry Chutney will travel

   November 21, 2011 9:34 am    2

I am tasked with bringing three dishes on Thursday for the Hutchison family gathering.. Two of them I’ve made before and are pretty much mandatory. One is an apple pie that John bought from a fundraiser. That reminds me, I have to get that out of the freezer. Tough dish, that one. The other two…

 

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Criss-Cross Applesauce, er, bread

   November 18, 2011 3:09 pm    1

I needed to make something simple last night for the features departments’ monthly celebration creatively referred to as “Food Day.” I wanted to make the pumpkin bread I wrote about the other day, but I didn’t have any pumpkin and I couldn’t get to the Conneaut grocery store, which is only open, it seems, by…

 

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Green Bean Casserole, redux

   November 17, 2011 11:17 am    1

While I wouldn’t normally recommend trying a new dish on Thanksgiving,, rules are meant to be broken., and Not Your Typical Green Bean Casserole looks like a worthy exception. It’s not going to win any nutritional contests. Colleague Jeff Hileman calls it “decadent.” I’m inclined to agree. But if you’re going to blow your diet,…

 

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It’s book-drawing Wednesday!

   November 16, 2011 12:10 pm    0

Thanks to everyone who wrote to me for this week’s book drawing. “Simply Fresh: Casual Dining at Home with Ruby Tuesdays,” by Jeff Morgan goes to Darcie Rzomp. If you are not Darcie Rzomp, feel free to enter to win “Gooseberry Patch: Big Book of Home Cooking.” This is a pretty big book, alright. While…

 

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Pumpkin bread rises to the occasion

   November 15, 2011 9:52 am    2

I was on a roll last weekend. We had an extra day off for Veteran’s Day, which meant a quiet few hours at home alone. A long list of chores awaited after I got some chili in a crock pot. Said dinner required a trip to the store. Then I decided to make apple crisp….

 

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