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I'll Make Mincemeat Lovers Outta You
Eeeww! That's gross! What's mincemeat? Is it minced meat? And why is there meat in my Christmas pudding anyway? Why would anyone want to put meat in their sweets? I know you've asked yourself these...


Your Breakfast Awaits
My usual breakfast routine consists of grabbing something quick--a banana or some granola--on the way out the door in the morning. If I am really pressed for time, I wait until I get to work and then...


Oh My, Umami
We all know the four basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. But did you know there is a fifth taste as well? You mostly likely experience this taste everyday and don’t even realize it. When...


A New Way For Baby To Eat
Lately I have been hearing a lot about a relatively new concept called Baby Led Weaning. Instead of starting off spoon feeding young babies pureed foods at around four to six months, little babies are...


Swish Swish Your Way to a One-Pot Meal
What if I told you that dinner tonight could be on the table in 20 minutes, would include vegetables, beef, and soup, you could eat at a leisurely pace, and it just might entice the kids to sit down at...


Pizza Night!
It’s the end of a busy week and everyone’s burnt out. We’re all in the mood for a dinner that’s quick, easy, and super yummy. So almost every week we go for the natural Friday night choice ñ...


The Apple Dumpling Gang At My House
Usually the cooler autumn weather stirs up the desire to attend a handful of local fairs or—since we’re in farm country—ubiquitous farm shows. And it just so happened that after trying our hand...


The Tenderest Pork Ever
Ideas. They’re what keep the world goin’ round. It’s been said that there aren’t any new ideas in the world, that it’s the specific slant or angle that you put on an idea that makes it special,...


Before the Meat Season, Fall for Fish
Beware, for we are about to enter the carnivorous season. The months ahead promise both the white and the dark turkey, plates piled high with ham, trays of meaty canapés, and perhaps the occasional holiday...


Election Day Potatoes Get My Vote
I was too young to vote in 2000, but I remember watching with great interest as the debacle in Florida kept a president-elect from being named until months after November 4, 2000. When I moved away...


Things We Cooked In The Storm
The lights are back on in Lower Manhattan. This little experiment in living without electricity and hot water has blessedly come to an end for many of us in New York. Though it is not something I wish...


Tapas For 3 Or 30
This week's installment comes with a warning: when announcing the meal plan for the evening, be sure to enunciate. Failure to do so could result in impressionable teenagers and men with selective hearing...


Kid-Friendly Cookbooks
Inspiration. It’s what cooks everywhere are constantly in pursuit of. And that’s why so many folks love to read cookbooks. And it’s no exception at our house. Cookbooks make for some great reading—especially...


Bachelor, Meet Shrimp
It has been a while since I graced these pages with my favorite kind of cuisine, Louisiana and low-country food. In part that's been because I've tried to focus a bit more closely on the food or food-related...


Adding Some Heat To Your Salad
Did you think that once autumn arrived salad season was officially over? After all, fall is the perfect time to turn to comfort foods like braises, stews, and roasted meats and veggies. But that doesn’t...


Save Time, Expend Odds-n-Ends
In the world of kitchen frugality, there are peanut butter scrapers and jar wasters. Allow me to explain. When that jar of peanut butter gets low but there is still some sticking to the sides, do you: a)...


 

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