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Jul. 18, 2010 4:30 pm 
Updated: Apr. 27, 2011 4:32 pm
Like many other regional spice blends, the combination we've come to know as Herbs de Provence is not a recipe cast in stone. There are as many variations as there are French cooks. Savory, rosemary and thyme seem to be the constants, but the formula also includes some representatives of the… MORE
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Mar. 3, 2010 9:19 pm 
Updated: Mar. 22, 2010 4:08 am
When we first bought our house in 1995, I could probably tell you without looking what I had on hand in the spice cabinet...Let's see: Bay Leaves, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Sage, Bell's Seasoning (a blend of herbs ground into a powdered form - think Thanksgiving flavors, like sage, thyme, etc),… MORE
Feb. 21, 2010 7:16 pm 
Updated: Feb. 27, 2010 5:05 am
Finally, I get to share my favorite recipe that utilizes fennel seed!But first, a story...or maybe a song..."There was a farmer had a pig, and Thelma was her name-o...."When I was a kid, we ate whatever was placed in front of us. Fortunately, aside from her penchant for canned green beans, my… MORE
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Jun. 17, 2009 7:43 am 
Updated: Jul. 1, 2009 12:42 pm
Well, my spice and herb collection has outgrown the narrow little cabinet it once shared with my vinegars and other condiments, so a while back I moved all those little jars to the middle tier of the lazy susan in my corner cabinet...then I had to find another spot for my vast collection of… MORE
May 12, 2009 10:57 am 
Updated: May 21, 2009 11:37 am
If you missed my previous blog, I posted a little trivia quiz about movie quotes that pertain to food... Here are the answers! 1.) “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”  - The Godfather, of course!   2.) “…You taught me that people will do ANYTHING for a… MORE
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May 7, 2009 1:58 pm 
Updated: May 12, 2009 11:59 am
When I met my husband some 15 years ago, one of the things we realized we had in common was that we both love quoting lines from movies.    We work them in whenever we can, trying to stump eachother as we try to guess which film they come from - using them in context, of… MORE
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Apr. 18, 2009 5:29 pm 
Updated: Apr. 19, 2009 6:16 am
I recently started devoting a little time each day to reading, and have whipped through about 4 books in the past two weeks.  Today I finished "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini - which I started reading yesterday! - and I loved this book.  Actually, it was a love/hate kind of thing, because… MORE
Portuguese Favas, Linguica & Potatoes & Kale Chips
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Potatoes getting all Linguica-y
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Apr. 14, 2009 10:29 am 
Updated: Apr. 17, 2009 7:29 am
(Went out to breakfast this weekend and recalled this from a couple years back...)   The names have been changed to protect the innocent...well, except for Helen.  And Pete.    Somewhere in a small New England town there is a diner, kinda like the “Cheers” of diners,… MORE
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Apr. 6, 2009 1:57 pm 
Updated: Apr. 12, 2009 2:27 pm
Survey???? Did someone say survey????  I have been a bit MIA lately, busy with all sorts of fun and not so fun stuff, but one way to coax me out is to start passing around another survey...ESPECIALLY a food-related one! Chefs you admire:  I like anyone who likes food!… MORE
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Mar. 10, 2009 9:30 am 
Updated: Mar. 15, 2009 6:12 am
When I started my Spice of Life blog, I wasn't sure where I was going with it other than to take some sort of inventory of what was in my spice cabinet.  I was enthusiastic at first!  It was a neat idea, go through the contents of your spice rack, alphabetically, and either offer or… MORE
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Between work and family life, cooking is my main creative outlet. I like to experiment and try new cuisines. Here's how I determine my recipe ratings....5 STARS: Love it! Wouldn't change a thing (well, maybe one little teeny tweak or two, because, you know, that's what I do, but nothing that changes the nature of the recipe. 4 STARS: Really good! Maybe needs one or two adjustments to ingredients, seasoning or process, but a really good recipe. 3 STARS: A good recipe, but it either needs something extra or the result is just "good" - not bad, but no "wow" factor either. 2 STARS: As stated, I would not try again, but I usually find inspiration in these recipes - revamped, they could be really good, but it would take a lot of changes. 1 STAR: Would not try again as stated, and I cannot think of a way to transform into something we would like.
My favorite things to cook
Thanksgiving dinner has got to top the list - I love incorporating my family's traditions with my husband's family traditions, then adding our own new ones. As far as day to day cooking, I'm happiest when I'm baking! I like trying new things and although I like meat, I have a tendency to go through vegetarian phases every now and then.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday baking, Thanksgiving Dinner are my all-time favorite traditions. I love putting together buffets - it gives me an opportunity to try a variety of recipes.
My cooking triumphs
I had always wanted to do an elaborate wedding cake, so when a good friend's daughter got engaged I offered to do her wedding cake. I was not intimidated at first, BUT they were engaged for 3 years... It went from a 50 person do-it-yourself semi-potluck reception to a 140 person elegant, catered event. I worked on it for 3 days, baking, making the two fillings and batch after batch of Italian Meringue Buttercream. My mixer even burnt out and I had to run out and get a new one at 10:30 P.M. The results? Although I saw some flaws, it really looked lovely and tasted great! It was definitely my most challenging feat in the kitchen, and so far my greatest success!
My cooking tragedies
No major tragedies, but I make the ugliest pie crust in the world, but it tastes good, so I guess that's not a total failure... Oh, I do tend to burn things...I'm usually multi-tasking, so I always forget about something until the smoke detectors start blaring. That's why I married a firefighter, I guess! ;)
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