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Asian Summer Rolls

I was recently asked to teach a hands-on class for a group that included individuals that were gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan, so the preferred cuisine was Asian. They wanted something quick and fun so they could get on with their real reason for gathering, a colleague’s send-off.  I always like to teach at least one technique in […]

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Recipe For Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Some say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. I guess that about sums it up when it comes to me and planting tomatoes.  Baby tomatoes to be specific. Every year around this time as I look out at my heavily laden plants, I […]

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Scandinavian Odyssey

Norway, Denmark, and Finland.  What do these countries have in common?  Well, yes, they are part of Scandinavia.  Yes, they all eat pickled herring.  And yes, they have many blondes.  Not it.  Give up?  The answer is:  I was there last week.  A part of the world I had not yet seen, I was slightly […]

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Spicy Spinach and Pine Nut Dip

Last week I didn’t have a picture of the homemade onion dip, so I made a batch just so I could take a picture.  Shortly after the photo session, the hubby arrived and ATE THE WHOLE THING.  I hate him.  Never gains an ounce.  I gain just breathing air surrounding anything but carrots.  Needless to […]

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Ultimate Carmelized Onion Dip with Garlic Pita Chips

When I need to make something ahead, it has to travel, or I just want something to put on the kitchen counter while everyone stands around and watches me cook, this is a go to simple dish.  It bears little resemblance to the hyper-processed, salty, dried onion soup and sour cream mixture of my youth, […]

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Cooking with My Son – Salsa Verde

This past weekend, my youngest son came in from Boston for the weekend and wanted to cook rather than eat out.  I’m in!  Especially since this son isn’t fond of cheese, as in Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, cheese smothered food (other son, take note), his tastes are closer to mine.  So given the ingredients on […]

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Fatoush

I have always claimed to not care for most American food.  I find it too fried, too meat-based and most of all too cheesy.  I read an article recently that begged the question: “When did MEAT become a topping for meat?”  Too true!  So while I will never claim that I eat healthy all the […]

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Eggplant Baked with Spicy Red Pepper Puree

A bit of a break from greens because they all looked like crap the day I went shopping.   Here is a recipe for eggplant that even people who would not touch an eggplant with a ten foot pole (like my husband) will eat;  a bit spicy and really creamy.  If you use the slim oriental […]

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Mini Corn Cakes w/ Spicy Mango Salsa

This is a great little appetizer for the holidays; easy, different, and people love ’em.  The pancakes can be made a couple of days in advance.  Store them in the fridge, well wrapped, and when you are ready to use them, lay them out on a baking sheet and put them into a preheated 350° […]

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Ricotta Strudel

On Sunday, if I am not working, I make a fairly elaborate meal.  But on this Sunday after a hectic week; a following week when hubby is not home for dinner any night; and a third week when I am out of town, I did not go grocery shopping.  Why waste the money and throw […]

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