Tag Archives: Cooking

Pantry Dinner in a Flash-Smoked Pork Chili

Some days as I drive home from work, my brain starts spinning with dinner possibilities.  I don’t cook every night and I am a big believer in cooking a big batch of most meals and freezing them for the future. … Continue reading

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SALT Market Place and Cook Show – and a BIG Surprise!

Have you ever watched The Chew on TV?  I have always wanted to go to the show and be one of the lucky few who get to sit at the “special” table and sample the chefs’ creations.  Last week, I … Continue reading

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The Hostess and Host of Tomorrow

Raise your hand if this was your first cookbook: This edition was published in 1963.   I don’t know what year my mother gave it to me but I was seven years old then so probably that year or shortly after. I don’t … Continue reading

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Homemade Pop Tarts

Why you say, they are right there on the grocer’s shelf, multiple flavors, frosted AND unfrosted.  Chalk it up to a cold, snowy day and a burning desire to try something new.  Also, a jar of Nutella was just sitting … Continue reading

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Winter Squash Soup

Winter squash 1. Noun. Any of various plants of the species Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita moschata producing squashes that have hard rinds and mature in the fall. I welcome the arrival of winter squash season – no more pesky zucchinis … Continue reading

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Can you …. Can?

  It started with the grapes.  The beautiful, luscious Concord grapes that show up at local farmstands in late summer, early autumn.  So tempting, so delicious, so hard to eat them all before they start to go bad! One of … Continue reading

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Concord Grape Focaccia

Concord grapes are one of the wonderful foods that late summer brings.   A farmstand up the road from me always has a few quarts this time of year and I usually get one just to eat.  The taste takes me back … Continue reading

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A few words about Michael Symon…

I want to have dinner with him – one that he cooked of course! My number came up at the library –  it was my turn to read Michael Symon’s cookbook, Live to Cook.  Joy!  I didn’t even wait to … Continue reading

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Nestle Baking expects shortage of canned Libby’s Pumpkin – Just Cook Your Own Pumpkin – It’s Easy!

Due to heavy rains during the harvest of pumpkins in Illinois, Nestle said growers have been prevented from picking the entire crop.  As a result, less pumpkin has been harvested and canned to be sold for pie-making.  This may lead to … Continue reading

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Nutty Apple Butter Banana Bread

This yummy quick bread is a result of that frenzy we all go through before vacation – use it up or throw it out.  I had 2 bananas and some eggs to use up, and of course, that equals banana … Continue reading

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