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Perfect, moist, pan-seared chicken breasts tonight

   September 19, 2014 11:54 am    0

As I’ve previously mentioned, about 1,000 times, I hate dry chicken. And every time I cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts, I kill them. My husband loves them dry, but I need some somethin’ somethin’ if I’m going to swallow that stuff. Usually, I just use chicken thighs instead, which have more flavor and stay moist,…


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Pumpkin Coffee Cake Oatmeal — and enter the cookbook drawing

oatmeal book

   September 18, 2014 2:08 pm    0

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “The Nut Butter Cookbook.” The winner is Teresa Chatman. I’ll pop it in the mail today. Everyone else is eligible to enter the drawing for “Oatrageous Oatmeals: Delicious & Surprising Plant-Based Dishes From This Humble, Heart-Healthy Grain,” by Kathy Hester. I’m a huge oatmeal fan, and couldn’t…


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Nachos that actually work right

These ingenious and delicious looking creations from Epicurious will appear on our table for the next football Sunday.

   September 16, 2014 1:43 pm    0

I like nachos. At least the idea of nachos. Chips and cheese and meat and veggies and spice, etc. But I hate soggy chips and naked chips, and trying to scoop up anything with a layer of melted cheese holding it all together in one big glob. I always wind up taking a fork to it,…


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Leftover pasta, tomato, no recipe = lusciousness

   September 12, 2014 12:56 pm    0

I’ve learned to cook by reading recipes. Thousands of them. Which probably means to some people that I’ve never learned to cook at all. Well, I’m here to tell you I’m finally getting somewhere. The other night, I had a container of leftover rotini, a tomato and some cream and a grumbling belly. What happened next…


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Best BLTs I’ve ever made honored beautiful tomato

   August 28, 2014 4:13 pm    0

I had no plan for dinner last night other than leftovers. Again. Until photographer and gardener extraordinaire Jack Hanrahan put out a beautiful bowl of beautiful tomatoes yesterday, free for the taking. I heard the screeching of tires in my brain, as I made a sharp mental right into fantasyland. Big, beautiful BLTs were in…


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Beer Can-less Chicken saves the day

   August 27, 2014 10:21 am    0

Over our vacation last week, we visited with friends who made beer-can chicken on the grill for dinner. I’d forgotten how much fun that is since I did it several years ago for my column. When I did it, I used 4-pound fryers, and they cooked pretty fast, but Joe used mammoth ones, at least 6…


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Zucchini fritters make huge mess that’s so worth it

   August 25, 2014 2:17 pm    0

Had friends for dinner yesterday. They were tasty. No, just kidding. Friends came over for dinner yesterday. I was afraid, irrationally, that I did not have enough food planned, so I’m thumbing through Facebook on my phone and saw this: Crispy Zucchini Fritters. Mmm hmmm, I said. Perfect. Except that frying is kind of a…


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It’s Lemon Meringue Pie Day!

   August 15, 2014 3:08 pm    0

It’s Lemon Meringue Pie Day. I needed to look up the recipe anyway cuz I told my neighbor I’d make him one in exchange for cutting our tree down. So here: MILE-HIGH LEMON MERINGUE PIE 1 9-inch pie crust 1 large egg yolk 2 tablespoons heavy cream 1 cup plus one tablespoon sugar 2/3 cup…


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Cashew butter rich in velvety puree

   August 15, 2014 11:24 am    0

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “Revolutionary Pizza.” The winner is Gay D. Cook. I’ll pop it into the mail today. Everyone is running pell-mell to the nut butter aisle and grocers are responding. Next to the Jif and Nutella, you can now find natural peanut butter, almond butter, tahini (sesame paste), sometimes…


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Get up. Stand up. For ripe melon salad.

   August 13, 2014 11:01 am    0

I don’t know how you feel these days, but I’m in no mood to work my late-summer butt off in the kitchen on a weeknight. The other night I made zucchini soup and mashed potatoes and I felt like I’d just got done with Thanksgiving. Last night I got wrapped up in Robin Williams stories…


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