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Red Bean Stew with Mango — book drawing

vegan without borders

   October 2, 2014 1:45 pm    0

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “Oatrageous Oatmeals.” The winner is Penny Guelcher. I’ll pop it in the mail today. The next book up for adoption is “Vegan Without Borders: Easy Everyday Meals from Around the World,” by Robin Roberson. This hardbacked tome made me roll my eyes at first. I’ve been inundated…


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Ginger-Pumpkin Bisque will take the chill off

This soup, from Better Homes & Gardens, is available on Just looking at it is making me feel warm.

   September 30, 2014 2:48 pm    0

I’m cold. That might be the weather, my short-sleeved blouse, the office air conditioning, or the gallon of iced tea I drank with lunch. Probably all four. I just drank my last K-cup and will have to fork over actual cash for another hot drink if I don’t want to drink ice water for the…


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Warm Artichoke and Bacon Dip: What are you waiting for?

This dip recipe from is headed for my favorites pile.

   September 26, 2014 10:32 am    0

My word, this looks good. Warm Artichoke and Bacon Dip is destined for the coffee table sometime during football this weekend. Not because I want to watch football. But because I need an excuse to make this. I’m pretty sure John will go for it, since you can serve just about anything in a bowl and…


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Veggie and Goat Cheese Frittata: Perfection in 20 minutes

I whipped this up last night for dinner, from some odds and ends I found in the fridge.

   September 25, 2014 2:23 am    0

Last night I got home to a fridge full of nothing. Or so I thought. Over the weekend, we poured all the grocery time and money into my son’s birthday party, and the leftovers were long gone. John was going to be home earlier than expected, and he’d had hot dogs 2 nights in a…


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I’ve fallen for Smoked Sausage Cassoulet

Smoked Sausage Cassoulet from holds all the promise of a hearty fall meal.

   September 24, 2014 2:15 pm    0

If there’s anything I love about fall, it’s the food. I’ll admit it. I love greens and veggies and grilled summer salmon as much as the next gal, but make me choose between that and a bowl of chili or slice of pumpkin bread, and I’ll go autumn on you every time. At least in late…


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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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