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Portuguese-Inspired Clam and Kale Soup

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Last Summer, I worked on a few recipes for the great folks at Bar Harbor Foods way up north in Whiting, Maine.  It has been seriously freezing here for a few days and I thought this satisfying and yummy soup would fit the dinner bill nicely.  I am happy to report that I was right: The combination […]

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Ode to Trader Joe’s

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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

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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

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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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Butter + Honey = One Sweet Morning

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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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Recipe Round Up – Fresh Sage

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Here’s a sampling of web, TV and print recipes featuring fresh sage: From Bon Appetit: Chicken Saltimbocca with Lemon Sauce, a recipe by the 1,2,3 Cook, Rozanne Gold. From Food and Wine: Lemon Glazed Roast Pork with Sage, a recipe by the acclaimed chef and restauranteur Laurent Gras. From Gourmet: Tuscan Beans, a recipe by Faith […]

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What to do with a GIANT turnip?

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Following a lovely weekend at the coast in Castine, Maine, we returned home with what I believe is the largest turnip that I have ever seen.  Let’s face it, turnips can be a tough sell, but Lollie and I were up to the challenge.  Ultimately, we decided it would be pickled.  Of course, I turned to […]

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New Product Kudos – Triscuit Thin Crisps

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Every now and again, I am pleased to find out that a gigantic multi-national food corporation can still produce a decent product. While not fancy, Triscuit Thin Crisps are absolutely superior to the original Triscuit. They are crispy and have a nice crunch.  I feel better about eating Thin Crisps instead of say potato chips because they offer 8% RDA of […]

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Queen of Schmootz

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  I hope that when I’ve long left this earth, I will be remembered for my purees, mashes, or quite simply put, schmootz’s. I love to experiment with different ingredients and never tire of creating new combinations. The dip on the left has its origins in one of my favorite cookbooks from the fabulous Greek restaurant in […]

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What a Whipped Cream!

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This wonderful whipped cream is a staple in our house.  I use it to decorate cakes, cupcakes and adorn berries. My children have been caught squirting it directly into their mouths. I have only seen it at Whole Foods but I’m sure any high quality food store stocks it. Natural by Nature is from a […]

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