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Retirement

It’s easy to shine when you’re surrounded by stars… And that, boys and girls, sums up my almost 17 years at Trader Joe’s. They made it easy. Until the last day. Thursday, before opening, we were listening to showtunes when One Day More ...

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

The latest issue of Fine Cooking Magazine has nine different salad dressings that all look pretty good. We make all our own dressings – of course we do – and most of the time lean towards variations on oil and vinegar. When there’s a half-doz...

Vanilla Cake for Two

Since I made a Chocolate Cake for Two a couple of weeks ago, I thought it time to make a Vanilla Cak...

Pork Chops and Peaches

‘Tis the season… Stone fruits – peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots – they&...

Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam

I brought home a 4-pound package of strawberries. Four pounds. Like Victor and I could possibly eat ...

Chicken Salad

Chicken Salads

When I cooked the chicken yesterday, I knew that some of it was going to become salads, today. I don...

clafoutis

Grape Clafoutis

I was looking for a quick dessert and just happened to have some grapes in the ‘fridge. Next t...

Fregola

Fregola

Close to 8 years ago, I bought a bag of fregola, cooked it up, wrote about it, and promptly forgot a...

Hamburger Buns

Hamburger Buns

It’s an absolutely gorgeous, sunny day, out there – a perfect day for firing up the gril...

Breaking Out the Big Pots

While I was toiling away at work, today, Victor was at home making a big batch of sauce. We haven...

chicken skewers

Chicken Skewers on the Grill

Kabobs, brochettes, skewers, satays… With apologies to Shakespeare, meat on a stick by any oth...

Peach Upside Down Cake

In keeping with our mini-dessert theme, Victor headed into the kitchen and made a mini Peach Upside ...

Chocolate Cake For Two

We have dessert every night. Yep. Every night. 7pm. The Jeopardy theme song starts playing, Blanche ...

Smoky Peach Strawberry Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Smoky Peach Strawberry Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Whaddaya do with 2 peaches, a handful of strawberries, and some onion and tomato left over from morn...