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The Final Word on Macaroni and Cheese

The food trend in recent years is to go back to basics.  We’ve had pizza wars, burger wars and mac ‘n cheese wars.  High end restaurants are more likely to serve ribs (albeit short ribs, rather than BBQ ribs) than Duck á L’Orange.  Comfort food (or variations thereof) is king. So let me throw my […]

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Delicious and Healthy Spiced Greens

I am always looking for dishes that use healthy ingredients without adding excess fat, salt, and sugar to make them delicious.  It amazes me that some people make a good choice like a salad bar, but then proceed to add a bunch of mayo based toppings, cheese, dried fruit, and then drown it with chemical […]

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Roasting Garlic Takes Your Cooking to the Next Level

My organic farm-Hill Creek Farm-neighbor loves to grow garlic, so I have tasted MANY different varieties-German Extra Hardy, German Red, Georgia Red, Georgia Fire, Metechi, Music, Kettle River Giant, Italian Artic, and Belarus to name just a few. All have slightly different tastes and some produce garlic scapes or have different weather tolerances.  Who knew […]

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Spatzle with Cabbage and Bacon

So, now that we have mastered Spatzle, let’s play a little.  Think of Spatzle in the same way you would think of Ditalani or Orzo.  In soups, with a sauce or combined with other ingredients, adding heft to any dish.  Here’s a dish that can be used as a side or a main dish, depending […]

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Cajun vs. Creole Food and a Recipe for Cajun Rice

As the weather gets colder, I tend to cook spicier dishes at home. Despite the reality that most countries that are well known for spice are subtropical and tropical, like India and Mexico, making the notion of cold weather being the time to eat this hotter food ridiculous yet I still somehow drift toward this […]

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Cooked Chick Peas

Cooking Dried Beans – Renounce the Can!

Sometimes it puzzles me that a perfectly competent cook seems to think certain things are not made by anyone, they just ARE. Salad dressing.  Whipped cream.  Salsa.  Pesto.  Croutons. To many cooks, these things are basic ingredients right from the market shelves.  They wouldn’t consider NOT making a homemade tomato sauce for their pasta, but […]

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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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A Recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes: It IS Easy Being Green

Yeah, I used to think that fried green tomatoes was the name of a movie (it was) and was eaten by the same people who ate trotters and chicken fried steak-what is that anyway??  Unripe tomatoes.  Fried.  Oh, let’s take a healthy vegetable and make it unhealthy. Crusted with gritty cornmeal. Nah. I’ll take my […]

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Favas Beans are Fabulous

The people who know me will tell you that I obsess over Fava beans at this time of year.  The season is very short and not many people grow them.  I think most people don’t know what they are or what to do with them, although you will by the end of this post.  I […]

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Grilled Cauliflower

Grilling Cauliflower and Other Vegetables

I love grilling season.  For me it means simple meals with lots of fresh picked veggies.  It means corn carbs, rather than potato carbs.  Minimum oven work to heat up the kitchen.  A break from complicated sauces and heavy stews. Lighter, quicker meals start-to-finish.  Cooking with less fat and leaving the butter in the refrigerator […]

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