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Time for Tea, Assam


I have been loving Assam tea since my Boston restaurant days.  One of my servers took a trip to England and brought me back a box of Harvey Nichols Assam tea.  It has been stocked in my pantry ever since. Assam tea is a black tea harvested in the foothills of the Himalayas in Assam […]

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Chaat – Not Related to Chit

Chaat - Not Related to Chit

Vik’s Chat House in Berkeley, CA is a real gem. They started out as a small storefront and distribution company for all ingredients needed to cook authentic Indian food. They grew into a warehouse like restaurant that offers some of the best Indian food I’ve ever had. Their mango lassi (a thick yogurt smoothie made with mangoes, yogurt […]

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Halloween Treats for Big Kids


Tonight, along with ghosts and witches, there will be a mass pile-up of Milky Ways, Skittles, Twizzlers and Sugar Babies.  There will also be plenty of “sugar children” after the consumption of all these Halloween treats.  Luckily, Halloween falls on a Friday this year, so after all the doorbell ringing, we’ll gather at a neighbor’s […]

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Scott’s Happy Birthday Caketini


My friends, Scott and Richard are true flavoristas.  They dine out often, enjoy fine spirits and travel for food.  Scott happens to be the pastry chef at the Portland Regency Hotel.  This fabulous cocktail was developed recipe after he and Richard conducted several “tasting sessions” at local watering holes.  By happenstance, October is Scott’s birthday […]

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Ode to Trader Joe’s


One thing I really miss living in Colorado is Trader Joe’s. This grocery chain has a knack for not only producing decent pre-made foods but also for having unusual items for the creative cook. For the quality of product, the prices cannot be beat.  I am so obsessed that I make sure whenever I’m in a state that has […]

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Hurricane Kyle and New England Fish Chowder


We had some dreary weather this weekend as a huricanne made its way up the East coast.  Saturday was a cold, rainy day that demanded a chowder supper.  This dinner plan was only made sweeter by the fact that I did not have to go to the grocery store with three children in tow because I happened to have some […]

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Easy Apples


This is another of my favorite gizmo’s: I got this apple peeling gadget from L.L. Bean many years ago when I was first married.  I get so many comments from people, especially kids, who come into my kitchen to visit.  While it may seem ridiculous to have something that just peels apples, it is really useful for […]

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Bake Sale Booster – Pumpkin Whoopies


        My friend, Kitty Broihier, developed this divine recipe; perfect for this pumpkin time of year.  Whoopie pies require about the same amount of time and effort as a cake from scratch, but seriously, these little hand-held treats are so worth it. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies With Cream Cheese Filling from Hannaford fresh magazine Pumpkin Cakes 1 […]

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Easy, Pleasing Meatloaf


We like meatloaf of all varieties because it is easy to put together, budget-friendly and pretty darn tasty.  Personally, I am a big fan of the leftover meatloaf sandwich.  When I saw this 5-ingredient recipe in a women’s magazine, I thought to myself that it was too easy and too simple to possibly taste good.  Well, […]

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Butter + Honey = One Sweet Morning


Honey Butter is a great spread for muffins, pancakes and toast.  It is really fabuous on cornbread.  Honey Butter holds well in the fridge and is a nice alternative to butter and jam. Honey Butter Yields 2 cups. Soften 2 sticks of salted butter. If you prefer sweet cream butter then add 1/2 tsp. of […]

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