• Mom’s Cook Books
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    Mom’s Cook Books

    We’re heading off to San Francisco on Friday. I had rather hoped to have my cook book project finished before we went, but it ain’t gonna happen. When my mom gave me her cook books […]

  • Blushing Tomato Bread
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    Blushing Tomato Bread

    Time: About 3 hours - including rising and baking

    Difficulty: Moderately easy

    Makes: 2 loaves

    I’ve been working on reworking my mom’s cook books into something a bit more user-friendly. The originals are two loose-leaf binders that she glued, taped, or otherwise affixed recipes she found in newspapers, magazines, from […]

  • Chicken in Puff Pastry
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    Chicken in Puff Pastry

    Serves: 3

    Time: 35 minutes

    Difficulty: Easy

    I had chicken cutlets, I had bacon, I had puff pastry. I had dinner! This was seriously a clean-out-the-refrigerator meal, tonight. Little pieces of this and that, combined into a pretty tasty dinner. It started […]

  • Gumbo and Hot Sauce
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    Gumbo and Hot Sauce

      I have to admit I really do lead a charmed life. I mean… How many people have a container of homemade gumbo given to them at work? Count me as being the one! One […]

  • Lentil Soup
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    Lentil Soup

    Serves: 10

    Time: 2 hours, mostly unattended

    Difficulty: Easy

    When Providence hands you a ham bone, have Victor make Lentil Soup. Well… that’s what I do. You, of course, need to find your own Victor to make your soup – or make it yourself. […]

  • Ham and Eggs
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    Ham and Eggs

    Serves: However many you want

    Time: 20 Minutes

    Difficulty: Easy

    Our first home-cooked breakfast of 2015 consisted of organic free-range eggs cooked in imported Irish butter, ham flown in from Oklahoma, and tater tots. Yep. Tater tots. Or, rather, their non-national-brand store equivalent. I suppose I’m […]

  • New Year Ham
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    New Year Ham

    I’ve had city hams and country hams. Spiral cut and out of a can. Bone-in, bone-out, Virginia hams, Kentucky hams, and Honeybaked hams. Brown County Indiana hams, Niman Ranch hams, Cure 81 hams, and ham […]

  • Crusty Italian Bread
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    Crusty Italian Bread

    Serves: Many

    Time: 30 minutes plus overnight rising

    Difficulty: moderately easy

    The New Year needs to start off right – and that means a fresh loaf – or two – of bread. I love my fresh-baked bread. There really is nothing better for making a dinner […]

Mom’s Cook Books
Blushing Tomato Bread

Blushing Tomato Bread

Time: About 3 hours - including rising and baking

Difficulty: Moderately easy

Makes: 2 loaves

Chicken in Puff Pastry

Chicken in Puff Pastry

Serves: 3

Time: 35 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Gumbo and Hot Sauce
Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

Serves: 10

Time: 2 hours, mostly unattended

Difficulty: Easy

Ham and Eggs

Ham and Eggs

Serves: However many you want

Time: 20 Minutes

Difficulty: Easy

New Year Ham
Crusty Italian Bread

Crusty Italian Bread

Serves: Many

Time: 30 minutes plus overnight rising

Difficulty: moderately easy

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Mom’s Cook Books

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Posted: January 28, 2015

We’re heading off to San Francisco on Friday. I had rather hoped to have my cook book project finished before we went, but it ain’t gonna happen. When my mom gave me her cook books […]

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Blushing Tomato Bread

Time: About 3 hours - including rising and baking

Difficulty: Moderately easy

Makes: 2 loaves

I’ve been working on reworking my mom’s cook books into something a bit more user-friendly. The originals are two loose-leaf binders that she glued, taped, or otherwise affixed recipes she found in newspapers, magazines, from […]

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Posted: January 15, 2015

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Chicken in Puff Pastry

Chicken in Puff Pastry

Serves: 3

Time: 35 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

I had chicken cutlets, I had bacon, I had puff pastry. I had dinner! This was seriously a clean-out-the-refrigerator meal, tonight. Little pieces of this and that, combined into a pretty tasty dinner. It started […]

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Gumbo and Hot Sauce

Gumbo and Hot Sauce

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Posted: January 5, 2015

  I have to admit I really do lead a charmed life. I mean… How many people have a container of homemade gumbo given to them at work? Count me as being the one! One […]

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Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

Serves: 10

Time: 2 hours, mostly unattended

Difficulty: Easy

When Providence hands you a ham bone, have Victor make Lentil Soup. Well… that’s what I do. You, of course, need to find your own Victor to make your soup – or make it yourself. […]

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Ham and Eggs

Ham and Eggs

Serves: However many you want

Time: 20 Minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Our first home-cooked breakfast of 2015 consisted of organic free-range eggs cooked in imported Irish butter, ham flown in from Oklahoma, and tater tots. Yep. Tater tots. Or, rather, their non-national-brand store equivalent. I suppose I’m […]

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New Year Ham

New Year Ham

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Posted: January 1, 2015

I’ve had city hams and country hams. Spiral cut and out of a can. Bone-in, bone-out, Virginia hams, Kentucky hams, and Honeybaked hams. Brown County Indiana hams, Niman Ranch hams, Cure 81 hams, and ham […]

Read More

 
Crusty Italian Bread

Crusty Italian Bread

Serves: Many

Time: 30 minutes plus overnight rising

Difficulty: moderately easy

The New Year needs to start off right – and that means a fresh loaf – or two – of bread. I love my fresh-baked bread. There really is nothing better for making a dinner […]

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New Year’s Eve 2015

New Year’s Eve 2015

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Posted: December 31, 2014

While Victor and I were eating dinner tonight, we realized we were on our third official New Year’s Eve host. When we were young, it was “Guy Lombardo, live from the Grand Ballroom of the […]

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