Have a (spinach) ball on New Year’s Eve

By | December 30, 2011 9:35 am | 0 Comments

Sometimes, I know, my recipes aren’t as simple as we’d all like them to be. I like taking my time on more interesting ones, so I have something to actually say about them, especially in my column that runs in print on Wednesdays. But I do get complaints from people who don’t get paid to…


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Book-drawing Wednesday

By | December 28, 2011 11:24 am | 0 Comments

Welcome, friends, to the weekly drawing/giveaway for cookbooks that cross my desk. I got loads of response for “Waffles, Crepes and Pancakes with Delicious Toppings and Fillings,” by Norma Miller. The winner is Diana Kemling , and her book is in the mail. This week’s book is a real star, with recipes corresponding to the…


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Fresh start with French Toast

By | December 27, 2011 3:40 pm | 0 Comments

I love apple butter. I make huge batches of it every fall, jarring it up to give away — and for myself to mix with cottage cheese year round. For those who’ve never had it, it’s basically apple sauce cooked down until it’s thick and dark brown. I like mine heavily spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg,,…


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My husband will throw confetti after cocktail meatballs

By | December 26, 2011 11:44 am | 0 Comments

John and I don’t usually do anything for New Year’s. By that time every year we are so tired of driving and family and friends and spending money that we’d rather hole up in our own living room with a table full of appetizers, a couple of games, the TV on, and bubbly in the…


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Christmas Brunch Casserole

By | December 23, 2011 1:32 pm | 1 Comment

The Hutchison Christmas Brunch Casserole became an annual thing in our family ever since my mother-in-law gave me the recipe in 2001. I ate it for the first time at her house Christmas morning, wrote about it the first time in 2003, made it for my parents and family a few times (even the time…


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Meatloaf magic

By | December 22, 2011 12:58 pm | 1 Comment

The other night I threw together a meatloaf on my own, without a recipe. I proceeded with a mixture of inspiration and caution, and the result was an assault on the senses, but in a way my husband and I both enjoyed. It didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would to cook,…


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Book-drawing Wednesday

By | December 21, 2011 9:30 am | 0 Comments

Sorry about last week’s book drawing, meaning no book drawing. I wasn’t in the office and I was wrapped up in some intense Santa duties. Now that the stockings are hung, we can get back to business. The winner of “Cooking Adventures: Santa’s Favorite Cookie,” is Linda A. Woznicki. If you are not Linda A….


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Cardamom-Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

By | December 20, 2011 3:42 pm | 1 Comment

My husband is a recent convert to the cardamom-loving world. I, on the other hand, never had a choice. It’s the main seasoning in Finnish nissua bread, and through genetic memory alone, I’ve been drawn to it. Ladies at my church make and sell the nissua a few times a year, and I get it…


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Caramel nut cake in a jar

By | December 19, 2011 2:05 pm | 0 Comments

Sorry I’ve been a stranger. I was on vacation last week and pretty much tied up with building my son a train table for Christmas. I didn’t cook very much, unless you count eggs. Yesterday, though, I indulged in some baking time, and made some stuff for my family members’ baskets. I used a new…


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Hot potatoes

By | December 9, 2011 1:06 pm | 0 Comments

Getting fancy with a side dish has never seemed worth it to me. It takes enough work to get the main dish on the table. A bowl of steamed green beans would just have to do. But lately, my inspiration for the main dish has waned — toward baked chicken breasts, grilled pork, for example…


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