ROASTED MIXED NUTS with GARLIC and HERBS

ROASTED MIXED NUTS with GARLIC and HERBS

As we ring in the New Year 2011, here’s my wish for my wonderful blog readers, friends and family: ” My wish for you is that you have many happy days, and few sorrows. But when those difficult times come, may you meet them with surrender, and move through them with love.” ~ from the book “Real […]

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HAM QUICHE : Great idea from holiday leftovers

HAM QUICHE : Great idea from holiday leftovers

It was the day after Christmas, and after the food coma, I wanted to feed my family something healthy. Here’s what I found in the refrigerator: lots of ham, 3 kinds of cheese, several bags of spinach. It was nearly brunch time, and it was definitely crunch time before the household woke up. It was […]

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Holiday Sides : Cream of Carrot Soup

Holiday Sides : Cream of Carrot Soup

Anything worth making from scratch is always outstanding, just like this creamy carrot soup. I will admit I am a soup lover, and thus, cannot have a meal without soup. So it did not take much to prod me into making this creamy creation. Simply put together all the vegetable ingredients, puree them,  and presto, […]

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Holiday Special Sides: Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Holiday Special Sides: Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Holiday entrees call for special side dishes. Just like “Bacon Mashed Potatoes” from the new pocket-sized cookbook “RECIPES Every Man Should Know” by Susan Russo and Brett Cohen. Mashed potatoes were meant to be made from scratch, and not from a box. This is a great recipe that every man (and his woman, too) can […]

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Holiday Special : Roasted Cornish Hens with Apple, Date and Almond Stuffing

Holiday Special : Roasted Cornish Hens with Apple, Date and Almond Stuffing

Christmas is here. All the frenzy of the shopping, baking, running around non-stop is going to just go by in a whiff. Here’s a recipe that’s fancy, delightfully fuss-free, and yet is a spectacular entree. Just pop the whole thing in the oven, kick off your shoes, relax and enjoy the joyous moments of the […]

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From “The Geometry of Pasta” : Ragu Napoletano

From “The Geometry of Pasta” : Ragu Napoletano

A great cookbook for newbie pasta cooks like me is “The Geometry of Pasta” by Caz Hildebrand and Jacob Kenedy.  I confess, I am not Italian and know that Italian cooking is best done by an Italian. In fact, I have lots of lovely Italian friends and defer to their cooking with the utmost respect. […]

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Chocoholic’s desire…DOUBLE CHOCOLATE DREAM COOKIES

Chocoholic’s desire…DOUBLE CHOCOLATE DREAM COOKIES

This is a bestseller cookie in my repertoire. I have baked this over and over again through the years for family, friends, co-workers, church bake sales, neighborhood potlucks and most of all, for Christmas. It has never failed me. Not a crumb remains. The chewy cookie has the double flavors of rich chocolate, both dark […]

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Cookie Countdown Begins: The 9- LAYER COOKIE

Cookie Countdown Begins: The 9- LAYER COOKIE

Often, when I was invited to “cookie swap parties”, this was my ‘go-to’ cookie. It was the easiest to put together, and yet had the most stupendous effect on anyone who tasted it. Simply pile it up high: layers of rich flavors of sweetness–butter, graham crackers, chocolate chips, toffee bits, condensed milk, walnuts, coconut and […]

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OSSO BUCCO

OSSO BUCCO

Party time calls for the best dishes. OSSO BUCCO, an Italian stew, is one of those which elicit numerous “ooohs” and “aahhs”, especially when it’s cooked superbly. From an old family recipe, I used a combination of ox tail and beef shanks. After searing the beef cuts, I braised them slowly in a hearty broth, […]

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