Lunar New Year with Asian Inspired Ideas

The Lunar New Year began yesterday, January 25th, so it was a great excuse to make an Asian inspired meal, and read a couple of books with Chinese cooking as the theme.   In China, even though this is the dead of winter, it is called Spring Festival and the celebration can go on for days.  …

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Scones, Muffins and Huckleberries

When we took our vacation last year to Yellowstone, I had a revelation. For my entire life, I never thought that huckleberries were a real fruit. I knew about Huckleberry Finn, (and Huckleberry Hound, LOL, raise your hand if you remember that cartoon) but I truly thought that was just a name made up for …

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Orange Biscotti with Dried Blueberries

Biscotti makes a fabulous gift, especially when added to baskets with mugs or cute plates.  This recipe will make enough for the Christmas cookie exchange and be the hit of the party.  Giving biscotti on a vintage platter or thrifted holiday plate is fun too. It is really easy to make, and just takes a …

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Acorn Squash for a Fresh Side Dish

I have one more new recipe for you for an easy side dish that will freshen up the turkey or ham leftover dinners.  It is nice enough for a special meal, like Christmas eve, but easy enough for a Tuesday night meal too.  Acorn squash is easy to cook and has a fresh squash flavor, …

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Thanksgiving Ideas to Try Something New

With the holiday coming next week, preparations here are well underway.  Decorating, cooking and sharing time with friends and family is the heart of the holiday.  With over five years of posts, sometimes it is good to revisit past posts with holiday ideas.  In looking back, I realized I've not done a post on stuffing/dressing.  …

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Veal (or Turkey) Meatballs with Basil Cream Sauce

Ready for a delicious dinner that is on the table in under half an hour? I have had this recipe ready to go for some time, but just haven't had the time to get to it.  It is so good that I've made it several times already and My Sweet Babboo thinks it is a …

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Autumn Jubilee Cooking – Pumpkin Tart

Nothing says Autumn has arrived more than the aroma of something with pumpkin baking in the oven.  When I found a recipe in my Milk Street cookbook that combined pumpkin with bourbon, I had to try it.  Those who know me in real life know that I love to cook with bourbon, and sometimes I …

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One Dish Italian Meal

Quick and simple meals are nice for busy days this time of year.  DH loves Italian meals, so I came up with a recipe that goes together fast yet is lighter than the usual Italian fare.  Part meal and part salad, it goes together in one dish.  It is a perfect meal for these early …

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End of the Garden Tomatoes

The garden tomato crop is winding down, but still there were too many to eat in salads and on sandwiches alone. I'd made enough Tomato Pies, and I didn't think DH would eat another one, LOL!! While reading a charming little book called Simple Pleasures of the Garden, I found a wonderful idea on preserving the …

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Carole’s Tomato Pie (Finally!!)

August means the harvest of yummy tomatoes kicks into high gear.  For those who were reading my blog last summer, you know that DH finally asked me to stop making tomato pies for a while as I was making so many of them.  I just couldn't get the recipe the way I wanted it. Paula …

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