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Cookie Crazy

Holiday Cookies 21 Kinds.  I Got Carried Away.  My PR (personal record).  Here are the sweet results. Ready for our close-ups, Mr. DeMille. 20 gift trays.  What is left will be served at New Years.   Happy 2015! (now back to my diet reality.)  

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Fresh Ricotta and Beet Salad

I intended to blog about homemade Mozzarella and Buratta this week, but alas, I ran out of an ingredient that is somewhat difficult to source locally, and without it, the cheese will not be cheese. So I give you this recipe that I love to make at this time of the year when salads can […]

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Thanksgiving Feast: We Were Thankful and Full

We had a crowd again this Thanksgiving and I am so grateful for my family and guests. This year, there were two little children: my niece’s kids; and so it begins again. It feels like it wasn’t so long ago that I was setting places with little plates and forks and no wines glasses. Then […]

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The Seven Pastas

Family traditions are one of the things that make your grown children want to come home for the holidays.  It’s what makes the memories.  I am not sure how this Christmas Eve tradition got started for us, but I think it was because my kids would both very happily eat pasta of any form, anytime.  […]

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The Cookie Marathon

My Mother did it for 30 years.  Now I do it.  Refined and expanded, but still the same.  The concentrated effort to produce multiple kinds of cookies in a 3 week period for the holidays.  And not have them go stale.  And they can’t be pedestrian stuff like chocolate chip, gaily decorated cutouts or the […]

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Thanksgiving Post Mortem and Sweet Potato Brulee

I can say it now.  I am glad Thanksgiving is over.  Days of cooking, untold stacks of pot and pans, days of cleaning up, and putting away.  I am done with re-boxing the glassware-I do not keep glasses for 33 people in my kitchen cabinets-stacking and storing the dishes (ditto), soaking and washing the tablecloths-not […]

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Give Thanks

Thanksgiving Prep I’ve made my Thanksgiving menu.  I haul out about 10 years of back issues of Bon Appetite, Food and Wine, some REALLY old issues of Gourmet, and at least a dozen cookbooks and get inspired.  Some things are traditional-we will get to that in a moment-and there would be loud squawking from various […]

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Strawberry Chocolate Tart

Let’s use up some more of those strawberries we bought last week.  This was the dessert I served on Sunday for Mother’s Day…and wouldn’t you know it, my older (affianced) son told me he didn’t like strawberries.  Wait.  At his age, you’re not allowed to be picky anymore.  Grow up, honey!! OK…breathe.  Everyone else liked […]

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Thanksgiving 2012: The Debriefing

I hope everyone had a wonderful Turkey Day; my family and I did…all thirty of them!  We went through two, twenty lbs. fresh turkeys and half of a free fifteen lbs. frozen turkey that we fried.  The fryer is back!  It had been on hiatus for several years, as it is my non-cooking hubby’s job […]

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Engagement!

Holy cow, Batman…I’m going to be a mother-in-law!  So to celebrate, what else?  Why a dinner party, of course!  Two sons, one fiancé, one girlfriend, one BF and Mom (me) and Dad, (very) fine bubbly for the toast and….LOTS of food. To begin: Ahi Tuna with White Bean Puree and Olive Tapenade, warm Baby Potatoes […]

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