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For starters I made some crostini with chopped up artichoke hearts (canned) and parmesan… And guess what? My mom made deviled eggs (yes, that mom. And you said she couldn’t cook, shame on you!). We had a lovely grill-roasted pork … Continue reading

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Come see me at the Lake Forest Book Store!

Yep, I will be LIVE, in person, at the Lake Forest Book Store talking about some of my favorite cookbooks and recipes and answering your (not too difficult, please!) questions!  (Wouldn’t it be funny if I turned out to be … Continue reading

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The Next Cookbook is…

  I don’t recall the exact moment I first came under the magical spell of the talented Sandra Lee but I think it might have been around the time (2004?) of what I like to call her fabulous Hannukah Treif … Continue reading

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Off Topic: Lentil and Farro Soup

So when I was in Italy last month (and I never get tired of saying that.  Check back here in 2013 when I preface everything with “When I was in Italy 27 months ago…”) one of the highlights of my … Continue reading

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Off Topic: Rainbow Chopped Salad

Do I seem a little salad-obsessed? My daughter would respond with a definitive “YES!” Personally, I don’t think you can eat too much salad. And it’s not like I’m ignoring my friends hamburger, cake and alcohol. So let’s add one … Continue reading

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Off Topic: Rigatoni with Eggplant and Pine Nut Crunch

This is what comes from reading Bon Appetit right before lunch.  Everything looks good.  Turns out, this dish really was. This is probably not a weeknight meal as it has a few components, all of which take some time.  But … Continue reading

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Off Topic: Holiday Fudge and Butter Toffee Popcorn

So I made the Butter Toffee Popcorn from the Oct. 2010 issue of Cook’s Country and I’m pretty sure I’ve stumbled on the next wildly popular recreational drug.  First of all, it’s popcorn; a food that means movies and fairs … Continue reading

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Off Topic: Spaghetti with Lemon and Olive Oil

This is from the most recent (Jan/Feb 2011) Cook’s Illustrated.  With a vegetarian among us I’m always looking for something meat-free that will appeal to all three of us.  And quick recipes are never unwelcome.  Tonight cooking was hastily wedged … Continue reading

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Off Topic: A Brief History of Popcorn and How to Make the “Real” Thing

Popcorn is one of those foods I cannot resist.  If I smell it, I must eat it, regardless of whether I’m hungry or not.  I have been known to make a meal out of it but I suspect I’m hardly … Continue reading

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The Next Book: Baked Explorations

By popular demand (well, three votes to be accurate, but they were enthusiastic) I’ve chosen Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented as my next review book. What looks good?  What doesn’t.  Double-Chocolate Loaf with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Spread, Grasshopper … Continue reading

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