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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Taiwanese Five Spice Pork – A Milk Street Recipe

One Saturday a couple of weeks ago, I was watching a show in Netflix in the den and DH went to the basement.  He turned on the TV, only to find that one was recording the day's Milk Street show on PBS.  He watched for a bit, and decided the recipe being demonstrated looked pretty …

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Oatmeal Cinnamon Cake Donuts

National Donut day is Friday, and it has been quite a while since I did a new donut recipe.  I was thinking about a cake donut that would incorporate some oats.  So, I got out the donut pans and started doing some baking.  I have to tell you that my first attempt at these were …

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Asian Noodle Bowls – Ridiculously Fast and Delicious!

Asian food is a favorite of mine, and I like watching cooking shows with Asian influence on TV.   One I've been watching for some time, and really enjoy, is Simply Ming.  Ming Tsai is a Chinese chef with a really entertaining show.  He recently did one on ramen noodles, and how they are a staple …

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Spring Holiday Celebrations

Ham is the traditional Easter meal in many households and today I want to share some ideas for ham again for my newer readers.  Then, I'll share a new recipe for lovely spring asparagus to go with it. Last year I think I found the absolute most perfect way to serve a Slow Cooked Holiday …

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Orange Cinnamon Waffles

It's National Waffle Day, and I had an idea for a great new waffle, full of flavor yet very simple to make.  Many moons ago, when I was in college, I worked at a mom-and-pop breakfast diner whose specialty was pancakes and waffles.  Their waffles were light and fluffy with a crispy crust that soaked …

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Using Flavored and Specialty Oils

Have you ever wondered about all the different oils available now?  Using flavored and specialty oils are a way to add depth and dimension to your cooking without a lot of fuss.  Some of flavored oils on the market are infused olive oils, so these can be used in place of plain olive oil.  The …

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It’s been 5 years!

It's my blogging anniversary!  Five years ago I decided to begin writing my own blog, and I am still here, with more to say, LOL!!  From the beginning, I wanted my blog to be a bit different.  I wanted to do posts on all the things I am interested in, not just a single subject, …

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Za’Atar Chicken

I am always open to a new idea when it comes to cooking, and enjoy watching cooking shows on TV.  While watching Milk Street a couple of weekends ago, they demonstrated a new way of cooking chicken using a spice blend called za'atar.  I looked it up in my Milk Street cookbook, and was delighted …

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Pork Roast with Garlic Onion Gravy

Slow cookers are marvelous for making moist and tender roasts.  I've made pork roast a lot, and have a number of recipes on the blog for using up the leftovers.  This time I had an idea for a gluten free gravy for it, so I tried it.  DH approved, going back for seconds!!  The cut …

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Slow Cooker Roasted Garlic Beef Tips

Cold days make a slow cooker meal more enticing, filling the air with the aroma of a hearty meal to come.  I like doing beef this way, as the long slow cooking time can make the most inexpensive cut turn out tender and flavorful.  A quick cook on some noodles, and some steamed broccoli and …

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Christmas Dinner

This weekend is the time to shop for those holiday foods for Christmas dinner.  This is a fun time, planning the meal, deciding what would be festive and special.  For many years now, we have done a Standing Rib Roast.  Yes, a bit expensive, but it is Christmas and that is only once a year.  …

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