Fish stew delights in minutes

This fish stew from looks like a weeknight winner to me.

   October 21, 2014 2:52 pm    3

I never think about fish. The main reason is you can’t get it fresh in Conneaut, Ohio, and I’m leery of frozen — as well as driving a fur piece into Erie for it. If I do, I splurge on fresh salmon, but that’s simply not sustainable. Every time I do make the effort to…


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Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake, Bread prey on my mind

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Buttermilk Icing from prayed on my mind until I made it.

   October 20, 2014 1:44 pm    0

I. Can’t. Stop. Baking. First, there was that Apple Spice Cake for my column. Then this Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttermilk IcingĀ just for the heck of it. Then, this past weekend, I succumbed to making Pumpkin Spice BreadĀ and brought a loaf of it into work today. It’s on the counter behind my head, taunting…


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Fill your tank with Sausage, Bean & Pasta Stew

This Food Network recipe for slow cooker sausage bean and pasta stew made for a cheap date, but tasteful.

   October 15, 2014 3:40 pm    1

Gas is cheap these days. At least in Ohio. And if you call $2.99 cheap. What’s not cheap? Filling my tummy with fuel. Seems even a pork shoulder costs an arm and a leg lately. (Sorry. Halloween humor.) For Sausage, Bean & Pasta Stew, though, I got out of the store for less than $20….


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Little bites of heaven: Butternut Squash Ravioli

I need to take one of these and mash it up with some cheese and wrap it in a wrapper and call it ravioli. Cuz Mom would like it. Right. Cuz Mom would like it .

   October 8, 2014 1:10 pm    0

My mom went vegan a while ago, maybe a year. She reads a lot, and decided it made sense for her. If food wasn’t such a big part of my life, I’d consider following her lead, but I can’t imagine a food writer who excludes meat and dairy. Plus, I like meat and dairy. Mom,…


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Slow-cooker chicken stew rich, hearty, spicy

Slow-Cooker African Groundnut Stew with Chicken from Betty Crocker made yesterday's early-morning effort more than worth it.

   October 7, 2014 12:25 pm    0

I was such the Molly Mc-Homemaker yesterday. I got up early and spent half an hour getting a slow cooker meal ready before work, so I could come home to yummy smells and dinner already cooked. All day long I hoped it wasn’t for naught. All my slow cooker adventures have not been successful. Especially…


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OMG. Cider-Dijon Pork Chops are spectacular

Cider-Dijon Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples from is hands down the best recipe I've tried this fall.

   October 6, 2014 3:00 pm    0

There are some recipes that go right from my counter to my favorites bin. Certainly not all. But Cider-Dijon Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples one deserves to be laminated, THEN framed. The flavors and textures came together in layer upon layer of perfection. I was missing the fennel, substituted butternut squash for…


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Fight the storm with Pumpkin Spice Latte

This is how I plan to start my weekend tomorrow morning, with thanks to

   October 3, 2014 12:28 pm    0

It’s supposed to be downright crappy tomorrow morning. And Sunday morning, for that matter. Cold, windy, rainy. A proper fall catastrophe of a weekend. You can bemoan it, or snuggle in and think about all the yard work you don’t have to do. I’ll take the latter. And the latte. I plan to be sipping…


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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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Breast cancer survivors made me look in the mirror


   October 1, 2014 12:18 pm    1

I’m not a good eater. I used to be a not-bad eater, avoiding fried foods and butter and ranch dressing and regular pop, donuts and the like. And I was thinner. I’m still not one to pop across the street to McDonald’s and chow down on a burger and fries. I’m not a huge fan…


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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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