Category Archives: Fun

Cooking for Irene

  Here we are. Irene and I, all smiles, embarking on a culinary adventure together. Irene hired me to prepare 2 weeks of dinners for her and her husband. Fully cooked, ready to heat & eat, and all healthy and … Continue reading

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Can I make it like Ina?

Does mine ever look like hers? What do you do when you’ve planned to make a new dish for Thanksgiving, purchased all the ingredients, then run out of time to make it (because I insist on getting enough sleep)? You … Continue reading

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Guacamole Skinny-Dip

This recipe is a Trader Joe’s knock-off. I sampled it one day at my friendly neighborhood Trader Joe’s. After reading the ingredient list, I knew it was something I could make myself. And I did. I like how theย yogurt adds … Continue reading

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Plump up your oatmeal without plumping up yourself.

It’s not the latest Pinterest craze… yet. What this is,ย is an excellent method for cooking up a big batch of oatmeal just the way you like it, and freezing it into portions without using up all your freezer containers or … Continue reading

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Tabbouleh who?

Why bother with tabbouleh? There’s plenty of ways to mix grains, herbs, veggies, etc. without needing a translator. Here’s why. It’s good. It’s really good. It’s easily made gluten-free. It’s a great way to use up all that parsley you … Continue reading

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Reduced-Guilt Quesadillas

This week I tried a new technique for making quesadillas. It was new to me anyway. I found this technique from one of my favorite food bloggers “Eat at Home”. Here’s the link to her fabulous quesadillas: http://eatathomecooks.com/2015/05/15-minute-creamy-chicken-florentine-quesadillas.html Not only … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Loves BBQ Sauce

Last spring, we got to spend a couple days with my step-daughter, Laura Rose. I asked her what she’d like to make in the time we had together. Scones? Chicken strips? Surprisingly, she replied, “Is it hard to make BBQ … Continue reading

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