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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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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