Recipes

Rosemary roast pork loin

29 April 2016 Food
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Dining at my house is family food, family style, no matter who is eating. Heaps of food, piles of plates, and everyone grabs what they like and sits where they wish. If I thought of having people over as a Dinner Party I’d probably scare myself out of it, because it would imply things I […]

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Ginger lemon honey mint tea

21 April 2016 Beverages
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I’m just back from New York City for the kids’ spring break, and it was like gulping at the spring of life for a few glorious days – food food and food, miles of walking, brisk clear springtime and long-missed friends. My soul is refilled. I don’t know if it’s the travel home or just […]

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Ghetto guacamole

31 March 2016 Food
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You might think that with four kids in the house I’d actually plan what’s for dinner. But more often that not, I have no idea what we’re eating until, toward the end of the day, I turn my attention to cooking it. I’m a planner in many areas of my life, but cooking isn’t one […]

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Chinese takeout chicken (less the grease/guilt)

15 March 2016 Asian
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You know you’re more American than Chinese when you’ve succumbed to the cheerfully sweet, garlicky appeal of those fried nuggets of chicken lacquered in shiny amber sauce sold in Chinese-American eateries around the country under names like “General Tso’s” or “sesame.” Hard then to resist this smart, simple recipe for “mall chicken” from Lucky Peach […]

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Roasted cauliflower Gjelina

8 March 2016 Food
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I know, I know, it’s boring of me to feature two roasted vegetables in a row, both cruciferous, from the same cookbook. But California cuisine guru Travis Lett has a genius for both roasting and vegetables, and if I don’t etch this into my virtual memory now, it may be long gone from my actual […]

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Lentil soup with andouille sausage

1 February 2016 Food
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I’m warming my hands today in the fantasy bonfire I’ve lit to burn the January page I ripped off my imaginary wall calendar. I suppose it’s the jolt of another year gone by, plus my blasted birthday, but January invariably hits me like an avalanche of Mondays. Ooof. But good or bad, moods come and […]

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Baked pasta (cheater lasagna)

22 January 2016 Food
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It’s not sexy food, but done right, baked pasta is cheesy, meaty, tomatoey contentment. A good baked pasta communicates caring – soothing tastebuds, filling tummies, and showing love with warmth and abundance. It’s just what I want to be eating on a cold winter’s night, and everyone loves it just as much for lunch the […]

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Thai red curry with sweet potatoes

8 January 2016 Asian
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Cozy warm and coconut-creamy, this Thai curry is a dish to fend off the chilly drab of January. Heavy on veg and lighter on protein, it fits that new year’s resolution to eat more healthfully. A comforting bowl to tuck into while you’re catching up on all the work you put off in December, it’s […]

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Soft ginger cookies

4 December 2015 Food
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I want to love Christmas, I really do – the family time, the festive anticipation, the nostalgic songs, the cozy glow. But I want the Little House on the Prairie version, where we make maple candy in fresh snow, and everyone is overjoyed with a peppermint stick and a fresh orange in the toe of […]

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Caramel dip for apples

30 October 2015 Food
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If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, we’re good for the next month with the dozens of apples we’ve been eating this week dunked in caramel dip. Set out a dish of gooey caramel, with flaky sea salt or chopped salted peanuts on top, and the apple cores pile up quickly. I’m not […]

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