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Wherein I am Not Mary Poppins. Or Martha Stewart. {Fish Chowder}

On any given day in our house you’re likely to find piles of laundry, kitchen counters with food dried on them, cat and dog hair gathered in the corners of the common rooms and dirty dishes piled in the sink.  It’s not pretty, but it’s our life.  Two growing boys, two working parents, and a […]

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Almost a Year Later….{Pretzel Bread Bowls}

I had no idea last February that I would be taking nearly a year off from this place.  It wasn’t planned, it just sort of happened.  Life got busy, and at the same time I lost the compulsion to document every meal I cooked or ate.  Every so often I’d come over here with the […]

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The Bitten Word Cover to Cover Challenge {Beet Salad}

If you worry that Autumn signals the end of bright, colorful salads, then you clearly haven’t tried this one. The boys over at The Bitten Word brought this salad to my attention.  A couple of weeks ago, they decided to include their readers in an October food magazine cover to cover challenge.  They had a […]

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{not} Philly {not} Cheese {not} Steak

This is a post about something that isn’t at all what it claims to be.  Does that even make sense?  It’s a Philly Cheesesteak that’s not made in Philadelphia and doesn’t contain steak or (anything you can legally call) cheese. So, yeah, it involves processed cheese food product.  Sue me.  Sometimes I feel the need […]

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Nice: Salade Niçoise

Yesterday, before the sun had risen too high in the sky and pushed the temperatures into the stratosphere, I wandered down to the garden, toddler in tow.  As the 18-month old chased the chickens (bock-bocks as he calls them) in and around the cypress trees, I examined the various plants to see if any were […]

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>Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Deconstructing the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

> Oh, the best laid plans of mice and men. And me.  I’d been devising this meal in my mind for a while.  I had grand plans of how exciting and interesting it would be.  It would be a fabulous lesson detailing where our food comes from and how it transforms from raw ingredients to […]

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>Really choosy moms….

> …choose to make their own peanut butter. I know I’m behind the times.  I mean, everyone probably already makes their own peanut butter – right?  The fact that I continue to purchase hydrogenated and corn-syrup sweetened peanut butter for my family is just a sin – right? I don’t know why it’s taken me […]

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>The World’s Greatest Sandwich?

> I don’t know that I’d go that far (there are a LOT of great sandwiches in the world), but I’d have to say it’s right up there with the best of them. Have you ever seen the movie Spanglish with Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni and Paz Vega?  It’s one of my husband’s and my […]

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>Grilled Cheese with Sharp Cheddar and Apple

> I have this loaf of whole-wheat sandwich bread I need to use. Looking in the fridge, there was big ol’ block of sharp Vermont cheddar and some crisp Gala apples. And some butter, of course. What else, other than a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch? Two slices whole-wheat bread, four or five thin slices […]

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>Cuban Sandwiches with Black Beans

> I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Florida for a long-overdue graduation party.  Generally, while I’m visiting family in the Tampa Bay area, I try to grab some authentic Cuban food – Sandwich Cubano and Black Beans and Rice.  This time, though, our time was at a premium and we just didn’t […]

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