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Egg-in-a-hole – the modern way
I remember Mom making these when I was a kid – you cut a circle in a piece of bread (she used a drinking glass to do this), place the bread in a buttery pan, then crack your egg into the center so that you’re frying both the egg and the bread.

Simple, right? But unfortunately, not very healthy…

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Posted by Linda :
Tuesday 01 June 2010 - 20:25:50
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Today’s lesson requires a needle and thread…
My brother turned me on to this fabulous condiment a couple decades ago, and not only is it fabulous to eat, it is also decorative for a while!

Buy a bunch of those small, slender Italian frying peppers. Using your threaded needle, poke through the base of each stem on the peppers. Yes, you are sort of making a garland. Now hang in a sunny window for a week or two…

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Posted by Linda :
Saturday 22 May 2010 - 16:52:06
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It’s time for ‘Primavera’
Many, many years ago – let’s be blunt, before I was hooked up to the internet – I had a date with a guy who was going to spend the day fishing, and had promised to cook the best for our dinner. Not that I doubted his abilities, I asked my brother (Jeff fishes, too) for an idea of something that I could make as a side dish that would go well with whatever he caught, but that might also serve as a main course, well, just in case… We decided on Pasta Primavera. The recipe he dictated to me was very similar to the one from RecipeSource; it included prosciutto and raspberry vinegar… and as I totaled up my shopping expense I had to wonder “just how much do I LIKE this guy?!?!”

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Posted by Linda :
Tuesday 27 April 2010 - 17:21:59
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Culture Clash!
I decided that I had to clean out my freezer – it’s been hectic, and I had lost track of what was in there. Plus, it was getting kind of full…

The ingredients for a gumbo were there: boneless, skinless chicken thighs, anduille sausage, even some peppers… but who wants to slave over a stewpot this time of year?

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Posted by Linda :
Tuesday 20 April 2010 - 16:56:14
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I was told that I made the best sausage and pepper dish ever!
And I didn’t even use a grill. The secret? For added spice and a bit of smokiness, I used chipotle! That’s smoked jalapenos in a rich tomato sauce for the few of you who might not have known…

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Posted by Linda :
Monday 12 April 2010 - 14:41:20
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The B.L.O.T.CH!
When I was a kid, it was always a special treat when Dad and I went to the Pantheon diner and ordered BLT sandwiches. On toast with mayo, the preferred way, of course!

As I’ve “matured” (there is still some debate on that wink ), I still think fondly of the original, but usually add cheese and a slight bit of onion now a days – hence the name, BLOTCH…


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Posted by Linda :
Saturday 27 March 2010 - 14:23:09
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Gumdrops for Grownups
Or how about “Candy CAN be good for you?” I still don’t know which title I like better…

This is a three-part recipe: candy, a beverage, and a condiment – and it really does have some health benefits!


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Posted by Linda :
Thursday 18 March 2010 - 15:39:21
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Sometimes you don’t want bread
When I made chili a while back, I looked at the loaf of “seven-grain with honey” bread on the counter, and it just wasn’t right. Cornbread was an option, but even that seemed too heavy. My grandmother’s recipe for biscuits used buttermilk – I don’t stock it, and didn’t feel like going to the store. Besides, the chili was almost done!

So off I went to the search engine…

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Posted by Linda :
Tuesday 23 February 2010 - 17:59:28
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I love Reubens!
Corned beef, Thousand Island dressing, Sauerkraut, Swiss cheese - all enclosed in toasted Rye Bread… and ALWAYS with a kosher dill pickle alongside. What an amazing blend of flavors!

The best, “original” sandwich can, of course, be found in a NYC deli – but there are many variations that the rest of us can enjoy.

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Posted by Linda :
Wednesday 17 February 2010 - 23:49:58
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When it looks good, but there is doubt: IMPROVISE!
Todd English was on GMA the other morning, and he skimmed over some of the recipes he was presenting; but the fact that one of the hosts went back to the Creamy Corn Fondue at LEAST three times - while on air wink - impressed me! I printed the recipe, quickly read through the ingredients, and having all or suitable substitutes on hand, decided to make it for our Christmas sequel. Then I read the recipe – twice. Nowhere did it say when or how to use the scallions or cilantro?!? No problem – I improvised.

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Posted by Linda :
Sunday 03 January 2010 - 17:52:01
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