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Jul. 28, 2013 8:13 am 
Updated: Aug. 2, 2013 5:31 pm
After years of being the master of my kitchen, I've created some masterpieces and bailed out some potential disasters. With that kind of history, I confess I've become all-too-confident in my skills as a cook and this became all-too-obvious over the last two days, when a recipe nearly got the… MORE
Feb. 20, 2012 6:13 am 
Updated: Feb. 28, 2012 4:25 pm
Several years ago, I stumbled onto a recipe for lamb shanks which was created by chef Tom Valenti. It has about 20 ingredients in it (including anchovies!) and is quite yummy. Then, a year or so ago, I came across a variation of Tom's recipe with fewer ingredients and, to my taste, just as… MORE
Tasty Lamb Shanks
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Oct. 17, 2011 6:48 am 
Updated: Dec. 28, 2011 6:32 pm
Lately I've been giving myself time to mull things over: what do I really think about such-and-such?.... what makes me feel most at ease with myself when approaching this or that?... do I have what I need to call the shots in my world? And am I being fair and loving to those around… MORE
Aug. 23, 2011 6:22 am 
Updated: Aug. 24, 2011 2:25 pm
I realized (MANY hours) after I posted this that the amount of flour I originally stated (2-1/2 cups) couldn't possibly be right. You can't get 3 tablespoons of melted butter to absorb 2-1/2 cups of flour, no matter how hard you try. I also forgot to mention the potato I'd added to the… MORE
BBQ Seafood Chowder
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Jul. 21, 2011 4:42 pm 
Updated: Jul. 23, 2011 4:53 pm
Here's what I've recently learned after a life time of cooking: You can broil chicken breasts and/or legs/thighs (and probably other parts) for just 20 minutes, and have a main entree that's so fabulous you'll swoon. This very simple recipe dishes up incredibly tender meat, with a taste that… MORE
Feb. 6, 2011 12:06 pm 
Updated: Feb. 14, 2011 3:52 am
The kitchen is my favorite room in the house, and working on recipes (old and new) are what makes it so. But the current recession has put a damper on some of my pricier meals, so I'm on a hunt for recipes that call for relatively cheap ingredients and produce dishes that are so good they… MORE
Tasty Lamb Shanks
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Feb. 2, 2011 7:18 am 
Updated: Feb. 14, 2011 5:59 am
To my complete surprise, I followed my plan. After eating a large serving of quinoa and some guacamole, I wasn't much hungry when I showed up at the potluck dinner. I was, however, the only one (of ±30 guests) who thought to bring a green salad. The salad was gone within minutes, while my… MORE
Jan. 24, 2011 7:03 am 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2011 5:06 am
Hubby and I own a small park model in a large resort in Florida, having fled New Hampshire before the first snowfall. This particular resort is so large there are neighborhoods within the park and there's a very sweet lady in our 'hood who likes to plan gatherings that will bring the… MORE
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Dec. 31, 2010 9:31 am 
Updated: Dec. 31, 2010 2:22 pm
I've never liked the taste of raw nuts, so I've bought them when they're already roasted and haven't given them more thought than that... until about a year ago. That was when I realized raw nuts can flavored and roasted in my own kitchen, thereby giving me the chance to control the amount of… MORE
Spicy almonds
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Jul. 15, 2010 12:03 pm 
Updated: Jul. 17, 2010 6:31 am
My husband, Mike, is in charge of the vegetable garden. This year he decided to limit his efforts to several tomato plants and two kale plants.  A chipmunk ate one of the kale plants and, in a spurt of culinary zest, Mike broiled the remaining kale. While under the broiler, it caught on fire MORE
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I've loved cooking since I was a kid, and still have my first (very battered) cookbook. Other than cooking, I adore interior design, writing, and playing bridge. Oh... and tasting new wines (or old favorites).
My favorite things to cook
As I've grown older, my tastes and philosophy have changed. I now use organic ingredients whenever I can, and I prefer using unprocessed ingredients.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well, my mother (bless her) had 8 people to feed, so she made foods that were easy to prepare. My favorites were her baked ribs with barbecue sauce; english muffins topped with cheese, tomato, and bacon, and then broiled; and spaghetti noodles with tomato soup and cheddar cheese stirred in. I wouldn't make these dishes today, but they're full of fond memories.
My cooking triumphs
Adding orange juice to diced tomato sauce • Adding Cointreau to fresh fruit salads or a chocolate sauce • Adding tequila and bittersweet chocolate to chili • "poaching" salmon in orange juice, sprinkled with Old Bay and tarragon • adding cidar vinegar and soy sauce to vegetable soups • adding fresh mint to steamed red potatoes • knowing how to bail out a botched dish (example: over-steamed broccoli mashed with bleu or swiss cheese isn't nearly as bad as over-steamed broccoli on it's own).
My cooking tragedies
Over-steaming broccoli and most any other veggie... and a lasagna that was so loaded with oregano, no one could eat it.
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